Clemson Football: Tigers have their QB target set for 2021 cycle

The Clemson football coaching staff is looking to bring in one quarterback during the 2021 cycle and the target seems to be set moving forward.

The 2021 Clemson football recruiting class is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation and the Tigers are beginning to focus more in-depth on their targets moving forward.

Dabo Swinney has told the media that the Tigers plan to take around 18 players in the 2021 recruiting cycle and at this point, it’s believed that Clemson football wants to take one quarterback.

Though no one has recruited the quarterback position better than the Tigers over the past few years, the truth of the matter is that Clemson isn’t going to be in position to take another 5-star at the position in this recruiting cycle.

What we’ve seen from the Tigers for the last few years is that they have gone after a ‘big fish’ and hit on their guy during even cycles (i.e. 2018 with Trevor Lawrence and 2020 with D.J. Uiagalelei) and then brought in projects in odd classes (i.e. Taisun Phommachanh in 2019).

As we look at this 2021 Clemson football recruiting cycle, it seems that the Tigers have found their target for the quarterback position.

Clemson has offered just five quarterbacks in this class and three are already committed. The only two who are not committed? 5-star Caleb Williams and unrated Bubba Chandler.

Williams left the Tigers out of his top group of schools and it seems almost obvious currently that Chandler seems like the most viable option.

For those that haven’t heard the story of Chandler, it’s certainly interesting. Chandler is currently a Georgia baseball commit, but he’s also a talent quarterback. Though he hasn’t received star-ratings, you can see through his Hudl film highlights that he has plenty of arm talent.

Chandler has the right measurables (standing at 6-foot-4) and his arm strength is extremely impressive. This could be a situation where the Tigers look to Chandler to provide depth at the quarterback position while developing as a project. He would be able to play baseball with Monte Lee and could develop into a trusted back-up quarterback- as Chase Brice was- for many years to come.