In not entirely unexpected news, Clemson QB Chase Brice announced his decision to transfer. The redshirt sophomore will be graduating from Clemson this year and will be eligible to play at his school of choice immediately. Brice announced his decision on his Twitter account with a heartfelt message to Clemson.
Reach heights, never reach limits.— Chase Brice (@chasebrice7) January 16, 2020
God Bless, 7 pic.twitter.com/flhOkHS6y9
Brice will leave Clemson as one of the most popular backup QBs in Clemson history. While most of Brice’s action came in mop-up duty, his work replacing Trevor Lawrence against Syracuse, when he had less than a week of prep as even the backup QB, will always live in Clemson lore. His 4th and 6 conversion to Tee Higgins as an amazing play and without it Clemson may not make it into the playoffs or win the national championship.
As for his next destination, there is nothing concrete, but the obvious speculation would be for Brice to follow Jeff Scott south to USF. Just to make things fun, Brice retweeted a USF football Tweet today and interestingly enough also retweeted Baylor’s announcement of hiring Dave Aranda. Maybe Brice ends up slinging it around the Big 12?
At Clemson, Brice’s departure will leave Clemson with 4 scholarship QBs, one of whom is former walk-on safety turned QB Ben Batson. Everything will be fine though it wouldn’t be surprising to see Clemson recruit a QB in the class of 2021 now to account for the departure of Trevor Lawrence next year.
In terms of overall scholarships Brice will open up a scholarship, the Tigers currently have 13 available scholarships for the class of 2020; Ten seniors, Brice leaving, and two free scholarships thanks to a late departure this year. Between some other departures as well as walk on scholarships that expire Clemson will get to the 24 scholarships needed for the current class of 2020.