Trevor Lawrence arrived at Clemson this winter as one of the most hyped recruits in the Internet era.
Not only was Lawrence the consensus No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018, he’s considered the highest-graded quarterback prospect in the history of the 247Sports composite era. However, the Clemson coaching staff aren’t giving the fans the satisfaction of knowing what their plans for him in 2018 might be.
Lawrence is competing to wrestle the starting job away from incumbent starter Kelly Bryant. But what happens if he doesn’t?
Clemson’s coaching staff is noncommittal about whether they’d elect to use a redshirt on him if he doesn’t start.
“I don’t think now is the time to even think about that. You’re trying to prepare all four of them because it’s that close of a race that any one of those guys could end up being the guy,” Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said according to Dave Hood of TigerNet.com.
“Kelly is obviously the guy now but any of the other three could end up being that guy. I haven’t even thought about that, plus I don’t live in that quarterback world. I just try to worry about what we’re going to call and just making sure that all of those guys have an opportunity to compete when they’re in there. I haven’t given it that much consideration. I don’t even know how to answer that one, to be honest with you.”
While it’s totally reasonable that Clemson isn’t willing to make a public determination of what Lawrence’s future might hold if he doesn’t win the starting job while he’s still in the middle of competing for that job, it does seem somewhat unlikely that the staff doesn’t have some sort of plan in place.
So even if you don’t want to publicize that plan, it would be at least somewhat comforting for fans who are already enormously invested in Lawrence’s future to know that there is a plan in place for all eventualities.