The Clemson Tigers have reached the College Football Playoff in each of the past two seasons largely thanks to the play of quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Thursday, they landed another game-changing quarterback who could lead them to similar heights in the future.
Class of 2018 prospect Trevor Lawrence announced his decision to attend Clemson on his Twitter page:
The 6'6", 201-pound signal-caller is a 5-star prospect, per Scout.com, and the No. 1-ranked player in the 2018 recruiting class.
Chad Simmons of Scout noted the Georgia native, who won the last two state titles at the high school level, chose the Tigers over the Georgia Bulldogs. According to Simmons, the decision "came down to relationships."
Barton Simmons of 247Sports noted that in addition to throwing for more than 10,000 yards and 118 touchdowns, Lawrence has lost only one game in three years as his team's starter.
Hudl shared some of the highlights that made him the best prospect in his class:
Scout provided a breakdown of Lawrence's game: "He can make any throw you want a top quarterback to make." Lawrence has soft touch on his deep balls, which lets him hit receivers in stride, and can also stand tall in the pocket and deliver strikes on shorter passes.
He is also mobile enough to escape pressure in the pocket and keep plays alive, which should help him when he is facing ACC defenses at the next level.
Clemson's quarterback competition in the coming years will be more interesting with Lawrence joining the fold. While Watson could leave for NFL riches after the CFP, the Tigers have two 4-star signal-callers in their 2017 class, per Scout.
Hunter Johnson and Chase Brice figure to compete for playing time next season, assuming Watson doesn't return, and could have a head start on Lawrence by the time he arrives on campus.
However, Lawrence has enough talent and a high enough ceiling to compete for immediate playing time at Clemson.