Looking ahead to 2015: QB

Now that the regular season has come to a close, the Clemson staff is tying up a few loose ends with the 2014 signing class. They're also looking ahead to 2015.

Five 2015 prospects are already on board as commitments to the Tigers' 2015 class. Brothers, J.D. Davis and Judah Davis, are down as outside linebackers. Four-star safety Van Smith is the highest rated of the group. There is also a pair of three-stars on the offensive side of the ball: wide receiver Shadell Bell and offensive tackle Noah Green.

But there is plenty of work left for 2015. In this series, we're taking a position-by-position look at the junior prospects to keep an eye on as the focus begins to shift towards that haul.


The presence of Deshaun Watson looms large. Usually, when a school lands a quarterback with his kind of profile, it's difficult to add another highly-recruited player at the position the following recruiting cycle. Quarterback is a position of need in the 2015 haul. Heading into next season, Chad Kelly, Cole Stoudt and Watson are scheduled to be the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. Kelly and Watson, of course, would be the only scholarship signal callers heading into 2015 without an addition from this haul.

Here are some of the names to keep an eye on over the next several months.

Kelly Bryant, Wren High School - Powdersville
The top instate quarterback prospect in the class, Bryant is a cousin of Martavis Bryant and he's visited Clemson more than any other school since emerging on the recruiting radar as a freshman at Abbeville High School.

Clemson and South Carolina were the main two suitors until Ole Miss, UNC, N.C. State and Georgia Tech came along with offers for the three-star prospect. Ohio State is also in the mix, but Bryant currently does not have an offer from Urban Meyer.

Of the instate schools, Clemson has the edge, but don't sleep on N.C. State.

Deondre Francois, Olympia High School - Orlando, Fla.
Clemson offered Francois earlier this fall, joining Louisville, North Carolina and USF. Early on, Francois listed Louisville as the leader, but has since backed off that stance.

He visited Clemson for the Florida State game and gave the trip high marks. After taking more visits in the early part of the 2014 calendar year, Francois will re-evaluate things before listing another favorite. Clemson is firmly in the mix.

Lorenzo Nunez visited Clemson for the FSU and UGA games.
Torrance Gibson, American Heritage School - Plantation, Fla.
The lefty is a four-star prospect who's ranked by Scout.com as the No. 4 quarterback in the country. He's already got a strong offer sheet, which includes Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Miami.

Clemson has not hosted him for a visit, but he's expressed interest in seeing the Tigers' program up close and personal. Gibson may not necessarily land at quarterback when he gets to the next level. Wide receiver and safety could be options, too.

Lorenzo Nunez, Harrison High School - Kennesaw, Ga.
Nunez has visited Clemson multiple times and holds his offer from the Tigers in high regard. Those same things could be said about Ohio State, but the Buckeyes could be the team to beat for Nunez's services. Kentucky and Tennessee have also offered Nunez, a four-star who's ranked by Scout.com as the No. 17 player at his position.

Anthony Ratliff, Butler High School - Matthews, N.C.
In October, Ratliff told Scout.com Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark that a pair of schools are standing out to him. One of them is Clemson. The other is North Carolina. Both schools have offered and he's been to both on multiple occasions. Michigan State has also tendered an offer, but the Tar Heels could be the team to beat here.

Chason Virgil, West Mesquite High School - Mesquite, Texas
The Chad Morris connection to Texas high school football has played a big part in Clemson's early recruitment of Virgil. Virgil picked up a Clemson offer in January and he's reciprocated the interest with a pair of visits to Tigertown in 2013.

A three-star, Virgil also holds offers from Arizona State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and UCLA.

Up next, we'll take a look at the offensive linemen that Clemson could sign in February of 2015. Included in that group is five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt.

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