On Wednesday, longtime 4-star QB commit Taisun Phommachanh inked with the Tigers. The 6’3 194 pound prospect from Connecticut committed to Clemson back in April the day of the Spring game and has never wavered since. For the 4th straight cycle, Clemson has signed a blue chip Quarterback as the Tigers’ exceptional recruiting at the position continues.
Signing a highly-touted QB a year after signing the #1 overall player nationally, and generational talent Trevor Lawrence is incredibly impressive. The high-ceiling QB prospect was wowed on his first visit to Clemson in the early Spring, so when FSU (who was arguably the top destination for both Sam Howell and Taisun) landed Howell, Phommachanh practically fell into the Tigers’ lap.
As a prospect, 24/7’s composite ranking of 4-star, 176th nationally, and the #3 rated Dual-Threat QB is fair in my opinion. Taisun is still developing as a passer, and has struggled this year to have the same season he did last year. He has issues throwing passes too high this season, and needs to polish his intermediate throws. He throws short passes and deep balls very accurately, but needs to do so with more consistency. However, Phommachanh has ideal size at 6’4 and a frame to put on plenty of weight. His testing numbers indicate he’s a good but not exceptional athlete, and he can make plays with his legs. The “fit” is perfect for both Taisun and Clemson, as the former needs at least a season to fully develop while the latter can’t provide a starting spot until the 2021 season. Overall, this is an excellent take for Clemson. Taisun is a great fit for the system, is willing to wait, and has immense potential.
Phommachanh has not yet posted his Senior highlights, however you can find his Junior highlights here:
This was an extremely weak QB class and Clemson landed a quality QB in between Trevor Lawrence and likely the top 2020 QB in the country. That is the kind of QB room Taisun decided to step into. Clemson targeted Sam Howell early, but Taisun possesses elite physical tools as a dual threat.
His mechanics need work (this was resulting in the high throws referenced by Tommy) and he will need to refine his passing game, but he has plenty of time to do that while redshirting and providing quality depth. Taisun is a hair under 6’4 and gives you the measurables you are looking for at the position. Excellent pickup for Streeter.