Dabo Swinney and the Clemson football program have their quarterback in Cade Klubnik, a player who has been receiving a tremendous amount of praise in the offseason.
The No.1 recruit in the 2021 class according to 247Sports composite rankings, the hype surrounding Klubnik as he entered Clemson was real though it would be some time before he could prove his worth to the fans. In the Tigers’ ACC Championship win over North Carolina, Klubnik’s performance after taking over for former starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei had fans going, well, crazy!
Klubnik has all the talent he needs to be a star in college football, with Athlon Sports’ recent article on college football’s top quarterbacks on the rise headlining the Tigers’ young quarterback. Here is what Athlon Sports’ Steven Lassen had to say about Klubnik.
Cade Klubnik, Clemson
Clemson’s offense desperately needed a refresh, and coach Dabo Swinney accomplished that goal by making one of the offseason’s top coordinator hires. Garrett Riley arrives from TCU tasked with jumpstarting an offense that’s been a little stale recently, while also elevating Klubnik into one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. The five-star recruit played in 10 games (with one start) as a true freshman last year, completing 61 of 100 passes for 697 yards and two touchdowns and adding 139 yards and two scores on the ground. After showing out in the ACC Championship Game, Klubnik (30 of 54 for 320 yards) had an up-and-down performance in the Orange Bowl, but a new play-caller should help get the most out of his talent in ’23.
It is wheels up for Klubnik in 2023.