Clemson’s primary quarterback target for the 2022 class was Ty Simpson of Martin, TN. But soon after Simpson committed to Alabama Friday afternoon, Dabo Swinney and Brandon Streeter moved quickly after their strong #2 candidate, Cade Klubnik (6-3 178) of Austin, TX. Swinney made Klubnik an official offer and Tuesday he announced a commitment to the Tigers.
“I love them a ton,” Klubnik said..
Clemson had been recruiting Klubnik with strong intensity for several months, but held off on an offer until the Simpson saga played out. Klubnik said he and his parents did a 35 minutes Facebook call with Swinney Wednesday night. And this week alone he talked with Streeter three times.
North Carolina, Texas and Florida were three others Klubnik considered, but Clemson always held a commanding position for him.
“Obviously, they love my game, that’s for sure,” Klubnik said. “He (Streeter) likes my presence in the pocket, how I sit back there and not get crazy feet and wandering all over the place and being able to sit back there. They also like my athleticism. I can move around a little bit and make some plays with my legs if needed. And they really like my accuracy a lot. And being a natural leader, too.”
Klubnik got the chance to see the Tigers in person this season when he and his family visited on their own for the Syracuse game.
“I really enjoy their whole style of play and their offense, especially with what I’m doing now in high school, kind of what I’ve always done,” he said. ” So, I really like that a lot, I really like what they do on offense.”
In leading his team to a state title this season, Klubnik passed for 3500 yards and 35 touchdowns. He completed 62% of his attempts with just 3 interceptions. He also rushed for 15 touchdowns.
Klubnik is Clemson’s fourth commitment for the 2022 class. He’s rated a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked 5th nationally among pro-style quarterbacks in his class.