Clemson recently held its annual Orange & White Spring Football game in front of an estimated crowd of over 50,000 fervent, Orange-clad fans. Among the throngs of people the Clemson staff welcomed were a who’s-who of 2017 commits, 2016 signees and prospects.
A pair of 2017 Clemson commits on hand were star QB’s Hunter Johnson and Chase Brice. Both players were taking in the game and doing their part to help finish the 2017 class with recruits they are reaching out to. You won’t find better recruiters than players talking with other players, as talented players have an affinity to play with like talent. The old phrase “Birds of a feather flock together” comes to mind.
Johnson and Brice are both top-tier quarterbacks in this class and have been invited to elite skills camps all spring. Both have garnered heralded status while participating in these camp series all over the country.
Brice is familiar with Clemson and its staff, coming from Grayson High School in Loganville, GA--a school that has sent players like Wayne Gallman, Nick Shuessler and Ryan Carter to Clemson already. Now included in the Clemson Family is former Grayson Head Coach and Brice’s uncle, Mickey Conn. As you can see, a clear path to Tiger Town was easily attained with all the in roads previously made here.
Johnson is a different story, as it's been decades since the Tigers were able to secure a prospect out of Indiana. Johnson, who is considered arguably the #1 pro-style QB in the nation by some analysts and networks, has been solid to the Tigers since de-comitting from Tennessee and pledging his verbal commitment to Clemson back in February.
The rare thing about these two is that being in the same class seems to have no effect on them. They have become real close and are seen together any time they are in the same zip code. The two regularly team up on twitter with fellow ’17 commits Amari Rodgers and the OL trio of Matt Bockhorst, Blake Vinson and Noah DeHond in their recruiting efforts.
We spoke with each of these gunslingers, and here is what they had to say about their most recent visit to Tiger Town and the Orange & White Game.
2017 Commit Hunter Johnson
"It was awesome to see over 50,000 fans at the spring game. Deshaun and the team looked smooth on the field. Fun to watch. I had a great time hanging with Amari, Chase and Blake as well as some of the 2016 signees. We talk all the time. We were able to do a little recruiting as well. Our class is off to a great start and could be really special.”
2017 Commit Chase Brice
“I thought that the game overall was a success. I saw a lot of good things that happened, and of course some bad, but that's the beauty of a spring game. You see those miscues early and fix it. There seemed to be a lot of good chemistry out there on the field too. And on the recruiting side, we did a great job getting the guys we want. Hopefully we can scoop up some key guys soon.”