Last summer, Clemson received early commitments for Barry Humphries, Thomas Austin, Jamarcus Grant, and Quentez Ruffin. This allowed the staff to pursue big time offensive line targets with not a lot to lose. Michael Wade's commitment at quarterback gives the staff the same comfort level this year in recruiting quarterbacks.
"Michael Wade is an incredible talent. When you watch Riverside, it is a one man show. There is no doubt in my mind he can play quarterback in the ACC," an area high school coach said on Wednesday.
Clemson would like to sign two quarterbacks in this class, but Wade's commitment allows them to be very aggressive. There is nothing to lose now in putting all your focus on D'Vontrey Richardson or Tim Tebow.
Richardson's mother told us last night that he would miss the Clemson camp, because of baseball. Richardson finishes baseball on Saturday, and then will begin narrowing his options in recruiting. Richardson is an exceptional athlete, who could play a variety of positions. Clemson is recruiting him as a quarterback. Richardson has stated that he does want to play quarterback in college, and Clemson is definitely one of the schools he is looking at.
Tebow is being recruited by everyone. He had a very good visit to Clemson a few weeks ago. He is scheduled to return to Clemson for the Texas A&M game on September 3. Tebow did not state whether it will be an official or unofficial visit. It will be likely when Clemson gets Tebow back on campus, all of the stops will be pulled out.
Then of course, there is the summer saga of Brent Schaeffer. It now appears Schaeffer will visit North Carolina some time in the near future. Clemson still may be in the lead, but everything is up in the air with Schaeffer. Clemson and Texas A&M both feel Schaeffer is coming, so only time will truly tell.
It does not appear Clemson will heavily recruit any quarterbacks outside of these three. We will keep you updated on all of the recruiting action right up to Signing Day in February.