Tigers Get "Total Package" in Korn

DUNCAN - Simply put, a quarterback like Will Korn doesn't pop up on the radar all too often.

As a sophomore last season, Korn led Byrnes to the Class 4-A state championship, which was the school's third title in as many years.

In doing so, he accounted for over 3,700 yards of total offense and 41 touchdowns.

Quite impressive for only a sophomore.

But now, Korn, is making the headlines once again. This time, however, it's for a different reason. As a rising junior, that's right, a junior, Korn announced a verbal commitment to Clemson University on Monday.

"He's a trend-setter," Byrnes head coach Bobby Bentley said. "I think what he wanted to do was go ahead and commit to Clemson and go ahead and get it over with. He knew they wanted him, and he wanted to go to Clemson. That's the way he attacked this."

So just what makes Will Korn so special? Sure, the impressive statistics are there, the championships are already there, but what else about Will Korn makes him the type of player that would prompt a verbal commitment as a junior?

According to Bentley, it's a whole host of things.

"He calls of the plays at the line of scrimmage, plus he's able to run the ball well. He's a great athlete. He's a mentally tough kid. He's a very physically tough kid.

"Quite frankly, he's the total package," he said.

Of course, many recruiting experts and college coaches obviously agree.

Scout.com's Miller Safrit has referred to Korn as one of the top quarterbacks on the east coast for the class of 2007. In addition, scholarship offers have already poured in from Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Keep in mind, all of this has happened before the start of his junior year in high school.

"He's going to be one of the top kids in the country (next year)," Bentley said. "I get the feeling that he's going to be a special player at Clemson, but the funny thing is, he's got two years of high school left. People don't realize that."

For Korn, the decision process seemed to be an easy one. And not surprisingly, after having gone public with his decision Monday afternoon, he can now focus on his junior year without having to worry about the headaches that can come with recruiting.

In fact, he can also say the same thing about his senior season in 2006.

"Clemson is where I want to be. That's it," Korn said.

"I went up there and talked to coach Spence and coach Blackwell for a while about two months ago. Most of the coaches have told me that I need to go and take my visits, but I don't feel the need to. Clemson is it."

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