Looking ahead to 2015: QB

Now that Signing Day has come and gone, the Clemson staff can focus a majority of its efforts on the recruiting trail on the 2015 class.

With six commitments already on the board -- not counting the Davis twins, who signed earlier this month -- they're already off to a good start.

Four-star safety Van Smith got the ball rolling before the Georgia game. Later on in the season, three-star offensive tackle Noah Green and three-star wide receiver Shadell Bell followed with their commitments. In December, three-star outside linebacker Tanner Muse pledged.

February proved to be a fruitful month, too. Two days before Signing Day, three-star quarterback Tucker Israel committed. On Signing Day, five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt pulled the trigger.


In our previous Looking ahead to 2015 quarterback edition, we wrote that it could be difficult for Clemson to land a quality quarterback in 2015 cycle because of the presence of Deshaun Watson. Obviously, that didn't deter Israel, who is an ideal fit for Clemson's hurry-up, no-huddle offense. Dabo Swinney told reporters on Signing Day that they will try to sign two quarterbacks in 2015. Once Cole Stoudt departs after this season, the only returning scholarship quarterbacks on the roster would be Chad Kelly and Watson.

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

Kelly Bryant, Wren High School - Piedmont
At this juncture, Bryant appears to be headed to one of two ACC schools: Clemson or N.C. State. He visited both school's Junior Days on consecutive days earlier this month. Ole Miss is also said to be in the mix. Tennessee is emerging, too.

After the Junior Day weekend, Bryant was interviewed by Pack Pride. During that interview, he was asked about the commitment by Israel and how that could impact his view of Clemson.

"It kind of impacts my decision. I'm supposed to call coach [Chad] Morris so we can go over more of the details. So I want to hear what he has to say."

Deondre Francois, Olympia High School - Orlando, Fla.
There may not be a hotter quarterback in the country right now. Clemson and Louisville were among his first offers and both held the top spot on his list. But, in recent weeks, Miami, Florida and Florida State have offered, so has Ohio State.

Francois visited Clemson in the fall for a game. Now that the big three in Florida have come along with offers, that could quell some of his interest in the schools that are outside of the confines of his home state.

Torrance Gibson, American Heritage School - Plantation, Fla.
While Francois and Israel have been the recipients of a number of offers over the last couple of weeks, Gibson remains the most sought after quarterback from the Sunshine State in 2015. It would appear that Ohio State and Miami are among the top suitors for the newly minted five-star.

Murray is one of the top QB prospects in the class of 2015.
Kyler Murray, Allen High School - Texas
The Chad Morris connections to the state of Texas have allowed Clemson to be considered by Murray, who's a four-star, according to Scout.com. Murray recently released a top five, which included: Clemson, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Florida and Oregon. Most folks within the industry believe Murray is Texas A&M bound -- that's where his father played ball in college. He visited Clemson in the fall for the Florida State game.

Lorenzo Nunez, Harrison High School - Kennesaw, Ga.
Clemson has hosted Nunez for a number of visits. In addition to his interest in Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee are also in the mix.

Anthony Ratliff, Butler High School - Matthews, N.C.
In October, Ratliff told Scout.com Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark that Clemson and North Carolina were standing out to him. Don't be surprised if the Butler three-star lands in Chapel Hill in the near future.

Chason Virgil, West Mesquite High School - Mesquite, Tex.
Like Murray, Virgil is from Texas. And, like Murray, Virgil visited Clemson last fall. In fact, Virgil has visited Clemson twice since he was offered in January of 2013. There is legit interest in Clemson.

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