Kelly Bryant vs. Tucker Israel: already, it's beginning to sound like family

The Clemson Sports Blog

Wren's Kelly Bryant rushes for a long touchdown in the second quarter against T.L. Hanna on Friday,

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Wren's Kelly Bryant rushes for a long touchdown in the second quarter against T.L. Hanna on Friday,

Kelly Bryant is a perfect fit for the Tigers, in part, perhaps, because he's not quite ready - and probably not expecting - to step in immediately and play.

That's a good thing, first, because the Deshaun Watson era is coming, and, second, because Bryant is still young in his development as an elite-level quarterback.

He has all the tools, all the athletic ability to become a great one. And his timetable of development fits Clemson's quarterback timetable like a glove.

The same can be said for future classmate Tucker Israel.

Whatever happens with the Clemson quarterback situation this fall, a year from now Watson should be firmly in place as the Tigers' starter, backed by Nick Schuessler - a former SEC signee who's earned his Clemson scholarship as a walk-on.

When Bryant and Israel arrive for the 2015 season, they should compete for the No. 3 spot, and possibly challenge Schuessler for No. 2.

Best-case scenario would be no front-line injuries and a redshirt year for both freshmen.

Bryant, who soared during his first season as a spread-offense, running/throwing quarterback last fall at Wren (after working two seasons running an option attack at Abbeville), would be two years more advanced in his development in 2016 - Watson's junior season.

Israel, meanwhile, will give the Tigers' quarterback position a somewhat different skill set, but still very well suited to the demands of Chad Morris' offense.

Down the road, the Bryant-Israel duel will be the talk of the town, and as far as the spirit of competition goes, they're already off on the right foot.

Within minutes of his commitment to the Tigers on Thursday, Bryant received a tweet from Israel: 'congrats bruh!'

Bryant immediately tweeted back: 'thanks bro, let's go be great man...to the top we go.'

'Exactly!' answered Israel.

Already, it's beginning to sound like family.

Follow Kerry Capps on Twitter @oandwkc

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