3 Clemson signees who could make an immediate impact in 2022
Clemson signed 12 players during the Early Signing Period and will likely look to add more before the traditional signing day in February.
As it stands after the early period, Clemson’s class is ranked No. 17 nationally and No. 3 in the ACC, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. That includes 4-star athlete Jaren Kanak, who chose to not sign with the Tigers during the Early Signing Period.
Here’s three players who could contribute as true freshmen for Clemson in 2022:
5-star QB Cade Klubnik
Clemson’s starting quarterback job is still DJ Uiagalelei’s to lose, but he did a lot to lose it in 2021. Uiagalelei posted the ACC’s worst passer efficiency rating this season and Clemson’s offense ranked dead last in the ACC in yards per play. That level of play could open the door for 5-star quarterback Cade Klubnik, who enters Clemson fresh off one of the best careers in the history of Texas high school football. He went 27-0 as a starter and led his Westlake team to back-to-back undefeated state championships. If Uiagalelei struggles again, how long will Clemson wait before turning to its true freshman?
4-star WR Adam Randall
Adam Randall has the talent and opportunity to make a big impact for Clemson next season. Dabo Swinney compared him to Justyn Ross on signing day, which is a good omen for his future. The Tigers were often banged up at receiver this season, but they’ve also struggled to find a true No. 1 option in recent years. Randall could have the chance to develop into that type of player right away.
4-star CB Jeadyn Lukus
It’s currently unclear what Clemson’s cornerback situation will be going into 2022. Andrew Booth Jr. and Mario Goodrich both swept first team All-ACC honors at cornerback this season, but both players are also eligible to enter the NFL draft. If either or both of those players decide to turn pro, Jeadyn Lukus will likely be one of the first players to get a look. If nothing else, expect him to be on the two-deep for next season. Swinney compared him to former Clemson star AJ Terrell on signing day and also said Lukus could see some time at nickel in the future.