QB recruiting update: Tigers looking around; Asiantii Woulard to visit

The Clemson Sports Blog

Winter Park, Fla. quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com).

Winter Park, Fla. quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com).

Deshaun Watson is looking around, and so are Clemson's Tigers.

Watson is a talented, dual-threat quarterback from Gainesville (Ga.) High who owns the Georgia high school passing record and is still more than a year away from his college signing day.

He's been committed to Clemson for nearly a year, and was offered by Tiger offensive coordinator Chad Morris the summer before his sophomore season in high school.

But since getting that first offer from Clemson, the recruiting landscape has changed drastically for Watson, who has picked up offers from most of college football's Who's Who.

Last summer, Watson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was "85 percent committed to Clemson." He appeared to waver again in early December when Morris was interviewed for head coaching positions, and he told 247sports in late December that he's "looking around at other schools" and Rivals that he's interested in taking an official visit to Tennessee. Watson may be visiting Ohio State in February, as well.

This weekend, four-star, dual-threat quarterback Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park, Fla., will be on Clemson's campus for an official visit. Woulard's stock has risen significantly in the wake of his MVP performance at the Elite 11 Camp, and the former South Florida commitment is now, as they say, 'wide open.'

Woulard has made visits to Kentucky and N.C. State, and plans to take an official to UCLA the last weekend of January.

Whether Clemson's interest in Woulard signals a change in direction in regard to Watson is hard to say. Clemson's quarterback situation has changed significantly in the past few weeks. A scholarship opened up when Morgan Roberts asked for a release and transferred to Yale. And the status of another scholarship quarterback, Tony McNeal, is uncertain because of academics.

With Tajh Boyd back for next season, the Tigers are still in OK shape, numbers-wise. Cole Stoudt will be a senior, and Chad Kelly and Nick Schuessler (a preferred walk-on who was a scholarship player at Mississippi State) will be redshirt sophomores in the fall of 2014. If Watson signs in February, 2014, he will be a first-year freshman that fall.

Until Roberts left, Clemson had not planned to take a quarterback in its 2013 class. But, given current circumstances, it appears that the Tigers will grab Woulard if they can get him.

He, like Boyd and Kelly and Watson, is made to order for Clemson's offense - a strong-armed, mobile quarterback with the ability to make a difference running the football.

Looking even further down the road, Clemson just offered a quarterback for the class of 2015 - Chason Virgil, from Mesquite, Texas, who is a teammate of 2014 defensive back commitment Dylan Sumner-Gardner.

Earlier, Clemson offered Abbeville, S.C. sophomore Kelly Bryant for the class of 2015.

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TigerFan95 writes:

That Woulard kid looks pretty good and would be great in our offense. Reminds me a little bit of Charlie Ward. Hope we can sign him. Go Tigers!

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