Decision Time for Korn

One of the most sought after quarterbacks in the nation has a big decision to make during the next few weeks. CUTigers.com caught up with Clemson commitment Willy Korn earlier this week to get his thoughts on enrolling early at Clemson, the conclusion of spring practice at Byrnes High School and last weekend's NIKE camp.

Willy Korn isn't your typical high school student.

Willy Korn isn't your typical college football prospect.

In fact, he's anything but typical in just about everything he does.

So it comes as no surprise that he's weighing out every single one of his options when it comes to his next big decision in the recruiting process: deciding whether or not to enroll at Clemson a semester early.

"I'm going to announce it in a couple of weeks," said Korn when asked about the possibility of early enrollment. "I'm going down to the Tommy Bowden camp during the second session and coach Spence is going to get a good chance to look at me one-on-one and he'll be able to give me a good indication of whether or not I'll have a good chance of competing early my first year and making sure there is no red-shirt.

"It wouldn't make sense for me to give up half of my senior year if I'm going to red-shirt my first year. Red-shirt isn't that bad of a thing, because it will give me a year to practice and work on picking up the offense. It just wouldn't make a lot of sense to graduate early and red-shirt that first year."

Another factor also enters the equation for Korn when it comes to early enrollment: baseball.

Korn loves to play to baseball, and he actually comes from a baseball family considering his father was a volunteer coach at College of Charleston.

"Everybody in my family has been more baseball people than football people," he said. "I really love the game and I love my baseball coach. My baseball coach is another important part of this. If he wasn't my coach there really wouldn't that much of a decision. I'd graduate early."

Aside from the early enrollment dilemma, Korn has also been extremely busy on the football field the last couple of weeks. From wrapping up spring practice at Byrnes, where the school will seek its fifth straight state championship later this year, to the NIKE camp at Clemson this past weekend, he's had a lot on his plate in just a short period of time.

"We just had our spring practice the last two weeks. We've got a lot of question marks at a lot of different positions after losing 38 seniors from last year's team," Korn said. "But we are going to have a good team. I don't think we are very big but we have a lot of team speed."

Korn, coming off a season that saw him pass for over 4,100 yards and 51 touchdowns, will likely be in position to put up even bigger numbers as a senior.

"We are going to be throwing the ball more with me being a senior and with coach Bentley having that much more trust in me running the offense," Korn said. said.
On their way to their fourth straight Class AAAA Division II state championship a year ago, Korn was able to put up record setting number even though he often found himself on the bench during the second half of blowout after blowout.

This year, with an influx of new talent, Byrnes could be involved in more games that may not be decided until the second half- which means more opportunities for Korn.

"Last year I played maybe two or three games through the fourth quarter and barely played in the fourth quarter. Also - we are going to be throwing the ball more with me being a senior and with coach Bentley having that much more trust in me running the offense," he said.

Meanwhile this past weekend's NIKE camp at Clemson gave Korn the chance to do something he's been doing quite a bit since committing to Clemson last summer - recruit.

"Not too long ago I talked with Scotty Cooper (Lake City) for the first time. He's a really cool guy and I know he likes Clemson a lot. I've talked to Greg Little a lot of times. I got to throw at least five or six passes to him (at the NIKE camp). He's something else athletically- a 42-inch vertical and benched 185 35 times and runs a 4.4. But more important, he's also got great character which is something we are trying to recruit at Clemson.

"I've also talked to Landon Walker- the offensive tackle. Talked to him last weekend."

Overall, the NIKE camp was an enjoyable experience for Korn, even if he didn't have much to prove. After all, he's already led his team to two state championships and wrapped up the recruiting process a year ago when he verbally committed to Clemson.

"It was nice to get out there and throw to some of the best wide receivers in the south," Korn said. "Plus I needed to workout at one of these NIKE camps because I want to go to the Elite 11 camp in July."

And it will be at that Elite 11 camp, where only the top quarterbacks in the nation are invited each summer, where Korn shows just how un-typical he really is.

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