Clemson Closing on Top Dual-Threat QB Asiantii Woulard

By Patrick Schmidt
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The recruitment for the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla. /Winter Park) could be winding down after his visit to Clemson this weekend.

Ranked as the No. 143 in the nation according to ESPN and a four-star recruit, Woulard has been pursued by Kentucky, UCLA, South Florida and fellow ACC member North Carolina State in recent weeks, as Clemson was late to offer the 6-3 204-pound signal caller, but a productive weekend with Dabo Sweeney has put the Tigers in position to land him as Tajh Boyd’s successor.

Boyd returned for his senior season despite being a potential high draft pick and that would likely mean Woulard redshirts as a freshman before ascending to a starting position in 2014. Sitting for a year would be highly beneficial for Woulard because he would allow himself to shore up his mechanics and learn Chad Morris’ offensive system before being thrown into the fire.

As much as players want to come to college and start as soon as they set foot on campus, that often isn’t a reality for the vast majority of recruits, especially at the quarterback position. He has a very live arm that can make all the throws, but it’s also very raw and he needs to improve his footwork in the pocket and display more consistency after only two years of starting at quarterback in high school.

Woulard is so athletic he conceivably could play wide receiver and defensive back if necessary, but he will be perfect in a spread offense as a quarterback because of his ability to scramble and make plays with his feet. He can be to Clemson what Braxton Miller was to Ohio State or what Johnny Manziel is to Texas A&M.

Certainly that represents the best-case scenario for Woulard and Clemson represents the best chances of realizing his vast potential. Woulard has been changing his mind often during the recruiting process, so nothing is certain until he signs, but Clemson looks to be gaining momentum for Woulard.

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