It didn't take long for Lake Nona HS (Fla.) quarterback Tucker Israel to make his mind up on where he wanted to attend college.
In fact, Israel committed to the Tigers hour before National Signing Day last year. After then Clemson offensive coordinator stopped by his school and offered him a scholarship, Israel made the quick trip up to Tigertown and committed just a few days later.
"That offense is something special they have at Clemson, the type of offense they run and their big plays," Israel said at the time. "The one thing they have coming in every year with recruits -- receivers and running backs. They just throw it a lot. Hearing that really makes me want to pursue Clemson."
Clemson really wanted Israel too. His senior season saw him smash a number of Florida state passing records, including touchdown passes in a season (56), touchdown passes for a career (162), season and career passing yards and career completions.
In all, he finished his high school career with over 16,000 yards of total offense. 16,000! And some of those records he broke were set by the legendary one himself, Tim Tebow.
Israel, who is already enrolled at Clemson, will compete with fellow freshman Kelly Bryant for the backup quarterback position this spring (along with Nick Schuessler as well).
|Tucker Israel could be Clemson's backup quarterback this fall.|
RANK: #76 QB
CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati
STRENGTH: The passing numbers he put up in high school are hard to ignore, but he also very effective on the ground as well. While not the biggest quarterback has ever signed, his football intelligence and his accuracy cannot be questioned. Israel is a heady player with outstanding touch on the deep ball and pin-point precision in the short passing game.
WHERE HE CAN IMPROVE: Israel stands in around six-feet tall in the pocket, so he's not blessed as the tallest quarterback in the world. The lack of height could be an issues in his career but he has other skills to make up for it. He can extend plays with his athleticism and provide the run/pass option when the pocket breaks down.
QUOTABLE: "It's a blessing that we have two mid-year guys enrolling at quarterback. We have to get them coached up. Hopefully they will make great progress like Deshaun Watson did last year. It's going to be fun watching them battle it out with big Nick this spring." - Dabo Swinney on Tucker Israel.
PREDICTION: After battling it out with Kelly Bryant this spring, Israel settles in as the third-team quarterback and redshirts his freshman year. The year on the sidelines better prepares him for the speed of the college game and puts him on track for contending for a starting position late in his Clemson career.