Elite dual-threat QB visits Clemson, leaves with offer he says "means a lot"
|Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:01 AM- -|
The Clemson coaching staff played host to one of the nation’s top 2019 signal callers Friday, and he left campus with an offer.
Taisun Phommachanh is a 4-star quarterback out of Avon (CT) Avon Old Farms who boasts offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Carolina, Syracuse, TCU, Temple, and Virginia.
He has mentioned that Clemson, Ohio St., and South Carolina are three schools that he is looking at, and with that in mind visited both Clemson and South Carolina in recent days. On the 20th and 21st of March, Phommachanh will do the same thing by going to Florida and Florida State.
He stopped by to see the Gamecocks at spring practice Thursday.
The visit went great," Phommachanh said. "Me and my family definitely enjoyed ourselves. The part that stood out the most was being in the atmosphere of the practice and the school."
Phommachanh and his family made the trek to Clemson Friday, and he left with a coveted offer from a program that has made three consecutive trips to the College Football Playoff and won the National Championship in 2016.
He said the offer carries weight.
"It definitely means a lot because they don't offer to many quarterbacks," he said. "They offer guys with high character. I loved the way they preach family and it shows big when I walked around their campus. I think I fit perfectly in their system. They love guys that can use their legs, also."
While on campus, he spent time with another player from Connecticut - defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
"I spent time with the coaches and a lot of the players. I talked to all of the quarterbacks," he said. "I also got to talk to Christian. I didn't know him before, but we played in the same league. There is a real family feel at Clemson."
The new facility stood out.
"That is a nice place," he said. "I loved the weight room the best. It's huge."
Last season Phommachanh passed for 2253 yards, 25 touchdowns, and one interception and rushed for 663 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Which schools stand out right now?
"No favorites right now," he said. 'I've got to visit more schools then I can really compare. I'm trying to have a decision by summer."
What is he looking for in a school? Something that Clemson has plenty of – stability in the coaching staff.
“I want the coaches to be there for all four years, with me at least. And I want them to put me in a situation I can be in,” Phommachanh said. “I also don’t know what I want to major in yet or anything, but I’m looking for a pretty good academic school.”