Clemson is officially QBU after Bubba Chandler commits to the Tigers

Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

There is no doubt that Clemson is QBU after Bubba Chandler committed to Dabo Swinney and the Tigers.

Clemson football is used to recruiting five-star recruits to build and sustain the empire Dabo Swinney has built. But their latest commit comes from a no-star recruit, who is the latest find for Swinney and his coaching staff.

Bubba Chandler is a two-sport star who committed to Clemson on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after he received a scholarship offer from the program.

Why would Clemson offer a 0-star recruit when they could have practically any quarterback in the nation?

It’s simple. Swinney is the best talent evaluator in college football when it comes to the quarterback position and he identified rare and special arm talent in Chandler.

A legit MLB prospect, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Chandler was originally committed to play baseball at Georgia before he backed off his pledge and re-opened his commitment with the intention of playing both baseball and football in college. The Athletic’s Grace Raynor has details on the recruiting odyssey for Chandler.

Bubba Chandler high school highlights

Georgia didn’t offer him in football, but after Clemson became his first offer, they began to pour in from places like Miami and Ole Miss. Since Clemson unearthed this gem, he’s now a three-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the No. 670 recruit overall and No. 25 pro-style passer. Expect the Bogart, GA native and North Oconee star to make a massive ascent up the recruiting rankings now that he’s a Clemson commit.

Chandler heads to a program with two national championships since 2016 and two appearances in the championship game. After having record-breaking seasons from Tajh Boyd then Deshaun Watson and now Trevor Lawrence, Clemson has taken hold of the QBU moniker and future superstar D.J. Uiagalelei and Chandler are next in line to continue the tradition of standout signal-callers at Clemson.

He has a fastball that touches 95 miles per hour and while he’s still raw as a football prospect, he has the arm talent and competitiveness needed to be a great quarterback. He won’t be rushed into a starting job when he does arrive at Clemson next year and he should have two years to watch Uigalalei before he is in line for his shot, depending on what type of recruits come in classes behind him.

In any event, the quarterback room at Clemson is unrivaled as Swinney and his coaching staff has become a destination for the top quarterbacks in the nation.

Whether you’re a five-star recruit or a zero-star recruit, if you can play, Clemson is going to find you.

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