Looking ahead to 2016: QB

The complexion of the quarterback situation at Clemson has changed rather significantly over the course of the last seven days.

Last Thursday afternoon, the spring quarterback battle between Cole Stoudt, Chad Kelly and Deshaun Watson was momentarily placed on the backburner while Clemson fans were celebrating their two newest commitments: Jake Fruhmorgen and Chad Smith.

It was back into focus by Saturday when Stoudt and Kelly took to the field in the Orange and White spring game. By now, there's no need to rehash what happened over the ensuing 48 hours.

By Tuesday, Dabo Swinney announced that Stoudt was the starter heading into 2014. While not confirmed by the head coach, it would appear that freshman Deshaun Watson will begin his Clemson career as the backup.

The next day, Kelly Bryant told Chad Morris he was ready to join Tucker Israel as the two quarterback takes for Clemson in 2015. Swinney spoke to Bryant on Thursday and confirmed the commitment.

Time will only tell how things will play out with Stoudt, Watson and Nick Shuessler in 2014, leaving even more uncertainty with how things will play out once Bryant and Israel arrive in 2015.

The number of offers already out to quarterback in the class of 2016 would lead one to believe that Clemson is looking to add one during that cycle.

Here are a few of the names worth keeping an eye on in 2016.

Cooper split time with a senior during his sophomore season.
Zerrick Cooper - Jonesboro High School, Jonesboro, Ga.
Cooper is one of the most recent sophomore quarterbacks to land a Clemson offer. From right outside the Atlanta area, he made his first trip to Tigertown for last weekend's spring game. The visit made a good impression on Cooper, who also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Ole Miss, N.C. State and West Virginia.

Feleipe Franks - Wakulla High School, Crawfordville, Fla.
Clemson was first to offer Franks. Since last May, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU have also jumped on board. From right outside the Tallahassee area, Florida State is receiving high consideration from the four-star quarterback, who doubles as a baseball prospect.

Jarrett Guarantano - Bergen Catholic High School, Ordell, N.J.
Clemson hosted Guarantano earlier this spring, but the Tigers' coaches were out visiting Auburn at the time. However, at the end of the trip, graduate assistant Joe Craddock arranged for a facetime session between Guarantano, Swinney and Morris. That's when Clemson offered. The trip left the Tigers in strong consideration for the 6-3, 190-pound prospect.

Austin Kendall - Charlotte Christian, Charlotte, N.C.
A visitor for the first Clemson Junior Day of the year, Kendall reeled in his offer several weeks later. A four-star, Kendall also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, N.C. State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Avery McCall - Dillon High School, Dillon, S.C.
Recently, South Carolina has signed a majority of the top Dillon prospects, but for various reasons, a couple of whom have transferred out of the program. Clemson, East Carolina, LSU, UNC, South Carolina and Tennessee have offered McCall, who's listed as a four-star.

Brandon McIlwain - Council Rock High School, Newtown, Pa.
Earlier this spring, Clemson offered McIlwain, who's the nephew of former Clemson running back Tracy Johnson. Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Temple, UCLA and Virginia have offered.

Jawon Pass - Carver High School, Columbus, Ga.
Clemson offered Pass after he performed well at last summer's camp. Florida, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, UNC, Nebraska, N.C. State, Mississippi State and Miami have offered the four-star.

Austin Scott - Spartanburg High School
The only player on the list without a Clemson offer, Scott passed for 2,600 yards while sharing the backfield with stud running back Tavien Feaster. Scott is still waiting on his first offer.

Chazz Surratt - East Lincoln High School, Denver, N.C.
Clemson offered Surratt as an athlete in the fall, but he's considered a four-star quarterback by Scout.com. That's the position that Surratt would like to play in college.

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