Clemson football: What analysts & coaches are saying about 4-star QB Cade Klubnik

Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

What analysts & coaches are saying about 4-star Clemson football QB commit Cade Klubnik

The Clemson football program got its quarterback commitment for the class of 2022 earlier this week when 4-star QB Cade Klubnik announced his decision.

Klubnik- who is rated as the No. 5 pro-style QB in the nation by 247 Sports’ Composite Player Rankings– announced his commitment to Clemson Tuesday evening on Twitter and it came as no surprise.

Klubnik had waited for an offer from Clemson football for quite a while, but the Tiger coaching staff had been in contact with him heavily over the last several months. Ultimately, he made his interest known and patiently held out for the offer to come.

When the offer came, Klubnik jumped at the opportunity to potentially become the next face of the Clemson football program

So what exactly are analysts and coaches saying about Klubnik and his skill set?

Following his commitment, Clemson WR Coach Tyler Grisham posted this on Twitter:

Klubnik led Westlake (TX) to the Class 6A Division 1 state championship over Southlake Carroll back in January. He completed 18-of-20 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown, as well as 17 carries for 97 yards.

After the game, the Southlake Carroll’s coach Riley Dodge had some words on Klubnik.

"“He is super dynamic with his legs,” Southlake Carroll coach Riley Dodge said. “When you have a quarterback as accurate as he is and can really run, when he’s in the open field, he may be the fastest guy on the field. That ain’t fun when the fastest guy on the field is touching the ball 100% of the time.”"

247 Sports’ midlands region recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks provided a scouting evaluation of Klubnik and rated him as a Round 4-7 NFL Draft projection.

"Good height and lean build with above-average frame. Highly productive QB vs. TXHSFB 6A competition. Throws with a somewhat overhead release and generally stays on top of the ball. Comfortable in the pocket and off-schedule situations. Competent as an improvisational QB. Shows throw-on-the-run capability to multiple levels. Pro-style QB but mobile enough to keep defenses honest. Displays good velocity to the middle of the field, especially when footwork is consistent. Will enter college having faced strong competition relative to high school level. Competitor who participates in track and field (400 meters, long jump, triple jump). Wind-up delivery and will need to quicken release. Can transfer over-the-middle velocity more consistently to perimeter throws. Occasionally takes unnecessary chances, but assembled sterling INT rate as a junior (one in every 117-plus attempts). One of the top QB’s in Texas in what looks like another strong class at the position. Projects to high-major level with long-term NFL Draft potential."

Klubnik has some development to do at the next level, but he is without a doubt a prospect who shows great potential.

Keep in mind for those wondering about the Round 4-7 grade that Deshaun Watson was a 4-star and he was rated just a bit higher than Klubnik coming out of high school. We all saw how that turned out.

Klubnik was drawn to the faith portion of the Clemson football program and it’s clear that he had wanted to be a Tiger for quite some time. There’s no doubt that he has the talent to win championships- he’s already done it at the high school level- and he’ll undoubtedly be a major contender for the vacant QB job when D.J. Uiagalelei heads to the NFL a couple of years from now.

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