Clemson QB signee Cade Klubnik named national high school player of the year
Clemson quarterback signee Cade Klubnik added to his growing list of accolades on Tuesday.
Klubnik was named the MaxPreps National High School Player of the Year following the end of his tremendous career at Westlake High School.
He’s the first Texas player to receive this honor since Kyler Murray, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Murray won the award in 2013 and 2014.
Austin Westlake's Cade Klubnik becomes fifth quarterback from Texas to be named MaxPreps National Football Player of the Year and first since Kyler Murray.
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) January 4, 2022
Klubnik is the No. 18 overall player and the No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2022, according to 247Sports Composite ranking. He stuck with his commitment to the Tigers even after offensive coordinator Tony Elliott left for the Virginia head coaching job.
This season, he threw for 3,251 yards and 43 touchdowns and completed over 71 percent of his passes. Klubnik led Westlake to its third consecutive 6A state title.
Klubnik is enrolling early at Clemson and could factor into the Tigers’ quarterback situation as early as next season. DJ Uiagalelei is returning next season, but he posted an ACC-worst 108.7 passer efficiency rating in 2021.
He is a key member of Clemson’s 2022 recruiting class, which currently ranks No. 24 nationally per 247Sports Composite rankings. The Tigers lost several commitments late in the cycle following the departures of Elliott and defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Nine of Clemson’s 12 signees are expected to enroll for the spring semester.