By Marty Coleman
I’ve beaten the “Clemson has a thin quarterback room” drum here repeatedly and was encouraged to hear help (or at least depth) was on the way in the form of 3 star quarterback Bubba Chandler of Bogart, GA and maybe even Will Taylor (a high school quarterback who projects at slot for Clemson).
Both are scheduled to be on Clemson’s campus this summer, but there’s a little something called the MLB draft around that time that may have a say in who backs up D.J. Uiagalelei next fall, though both would begin behind current backup Hunter Helms.
The latest MLB Pipeline Draft Top 150 has Chandler at number 22 on the list and Taylor at 26.
The slot value for the 22nd pick in the 2020 draft was $3,027,000 and for the 26th pick it was $2,653,400. Those guaranteed amounts would make it very difficult to turn down, if in fact either player was selected in that general area of the draft.
Since I originally wrote about this in January the Tigers situation got worse with the achilles injury to Taisun Phommachanh during the spring game.
Given the way Clemson’s offense has utilized the quarterback as a running threat at times and Dabo’s stated intent to continue to do so, this could develop into a major storyline for the 2022 season.