Festivities at Clemson for the Orange & White Spring Game got off to a quick start with commitments from a future pass and catch combo….QB Taisun Phommachanh (6-4 205) of Avon, CT and WR Frank Ladson (6-4 170). Both committed while on campus for the spring game. They give the Tigers three commitments over the past two days joining LB Bryton Constantin of Baton Rouge, LA who committed Friday.
Phommachanh had Clemson and Florida State as his top two. As things worked out, the Seminoles got a commitment earlier in the week for another Clemson quarterback target in Sam Howell, so that opened the door for Phommachanh to settle in with the Tigers.
“I loved the way they preach family and it shows big when I walked around their campus. I think I fit perfectly in their system. They love guys that can use their legs, also,” Phommachanh said in March following a visit to Clemson.
Last season Phommachanh passed for 2253 yards, 25 touchdowns and 1 interception and rushed for 663 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Barring transfers, Phommachanh will join a crowded and talented quarterback room but he said that’s not a problem with him.
“Clemson pretty much told me best player plays and I like that,” he said in March. “I’d love to compete right away and get a chance to get on the field right away. I like what they did on offense. They use there quarterback to throw and run. They told me I would fit great because I’m a passer and great at running also.”
Phommachanh has said he plans to sign in December but is undecided about enrolling early.
Ladson will give the Clemson quarterbacks another big target. At 6-4, he’ll follow in the mold of Mike Williams, Deon Cain and Tee Higgins. He decommitted from Florida in March of 2017 and visited Clemson earlier this year. That got the ball rolling in Clemson’s favor.
“The consistency and sincerity displayed to us had made my decision easy, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity of a lifetime,” Ladson said.
He’s coming off a junior season of 29 catches for 675 yards and 8 touchdowns. He said the plan is for the Tigers to use him as an outside receiver so he can take advantage of his physical gifts.
“My size, speed and advantage in one-on-one matchups make me a fit for that position,” he said of ‘field’ receiver. “Of course, I can go up and get the ball and high-point it.”
The two commitments Saturday give the Tigers a total of 7 for their 2019 class.