Dabo Swinney and his staff saw a lot of prospects come through town last week for the annual Dabo Swinney Football Camps. There was a lot to digest for the staff as they looked at multiple positions, classes and even a few scholarship offers for prospects over the week.
2017 quarterback Chase Brice out of Grayson High School (Loganville, GA) was in attendance over the weekend and spoke with CUTigers about his time in Clemson.
"I really enjoyed the camp. It felt like we were a big family there. I got to tour the facilities after the camp, and I was very impressed with what I saw. I had a great time competing and working with Coach (Brandon) Streeter during the camp. He's a great guy and a very smart coach," said Brice.
For Brice, the camp wasn't just about learning and developing as a player. He also got some surprising news straight from the head coach.
"I had just finished up with my second practice. My dad and I were heading out to take a tour and Coach Swinney swung in on his golf cart and started talking to us. He said that I had a great day at camp and was a fine quarterback. Then he said I impressed him with some of the throws I made and said, 'You can play here at Clemson. You have a scholarship here.' I just had a big grin on my face. I was excited." Brice continued saying, "I didn't go in expecting an offer. I went into camp to get better and see the college."
It's still early, but the young quarterback is gaining a lot of recognition nationwide. In addition to Clemson, Brice holds offers from Boston College, California, Colorado State, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others.
"All the schools who have offered me or given me the opportunity to attend their school when I graduate have stood out," explained Brice. "Each college brings something to the table. Whether it be the weight room, practice facility or the history of that program. I don't know of any more offers coming in. I just take a day at a time. I don't want to get too fixed on offers and things like that, because I have a team that I play for and the goal is to win a State Championship. I need to be more focused on that."
After the quick stop in the Upstate, Brice will continue making his way around as he learns more about other schools.
"I'm going to Tennessee Thursday for their camp, and I'm hoping to visit Kentucky, Miami, Colorado State and Louisville." Brice furthered saying, "Obviously academics is the most important thing. I want to get a great education. But, after that it comes down to the location of the school and coaching staff. When I decide to commit I'll ask myself, 'If something happened to me and I was injured, would I still enjoy going to this college?' Honestly, I think all of it is important." Brice has yet to be rated by Scout. He stands at 6-foot-3, weighs 182 pounds and has been timed at 4.90 in the 40-yard dash.