A Closer Look: Willy Korn

Korn finished his high school career with 795 pass completions out of 1,181 pass attempts, 125 passing touchdowns, and 10,716 passing yards with just 25 interceptions

COLLEGE STATS: Willy Korn has played in four games in his career at Clemson, including two last year and two this year. He played in two games early in the 2007 season, then suffered a shoulder injury and received a medical hardship. This year he saw the field against The Citadel and S.C. State and has completed 14-of-18 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. For his career, Korn is 22-of-29 for 257 yards and two scores and he also has 15 rushes for 46 yards and two touchdowns.

HIGH SCHOOL STATS: Korn finished his high school career with 795 pass completions out of 1,181 pass attempts, 125 passing touchdowns, and 10,716 passing yards with just 25 interceptions… His 125 career touchdown passes rank eighth all-time in high school history, first among quarterbacks who started just three years… He also led Byrnes to two state championships, and enjoyed a 39-3 record as a starter. Korn was also named to the U.S. Army All American game and captured nearly every major award possible at the high school level in South Carolina. He was ranked the No. 8 QB in the nation by Scout.com.

RECRUITED TO CLEMSON BY: David Blackwell

CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: South Carolina and Georgia Tech

STRENGTHS: Has all the tools, including a sophisticated understanding of the game and a great work ethic. Has a very quick, though unorthodox, release that allows him to do well with timing routes. Outstanding mobility and is also accurate while throwing on the run. His leadership and other off-the-field intangibles are unmatched.

WHY CLEMSON? "Clemson was just it for me," said Korn. "I went up there and talked to coach Spence and coach Blackwell for a while before my junior year. Most of the coaches at the time told me that I need to go and take my visits, but I really didn't feel the need to do that. Clemson was it."

HE SAID IT: "I'm enrolled early (at Clemson) to learn the offense, and to help me make a smooth transition from high school to college. I want to get used to going to classes, get used to going to study hall and get to know the offense like the back of my hand," Korn said. "That's what I'm focused on. When the season comes around I don't want to have to think about what I need to do on this play or on that play. I want to know everything."

KORN'S HIGH SCHOOL COACH SAYS: "He's a trend-setter," former Byrnes head coach Bobby Bentley said. "I think what he wanted to do was go ahead and commit to Clemson early 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. 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."

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