6'4, 195-pound Bubba Chandler committed to play both QB and baseball for the Tigers on Wednesday! He is an elite baseball prospect and had been committed to home-state UGA, which has been a top-10 baseball program over the last couple years, until he received a left-field offer from Brandon Streeter and Clemson to play QB, which has been a dream of his. Upon receiving the offer a couple weeks ago, he immediately decommitted from UGA.
Before Clemson, no one was recruiting Chandler to play football, but he is now rated as a 4-star prospect and the No.24 pocket passer on ESPN. He has since picked up offers from several football programs, including Miami, Louisville and Ole Miss. Chandler is the 12th commit for the Tigers' 4th-ranked 2021 class, and all 12 are 4 stars or better. Looks like he has a great arm from his highlights, as you'd expect from a shortstop and pitcher. Elite-level baseball pitchers generally do pretty well as college and pro quarterbacks! Remember, too, that in Dabo's first full season as head coach in 2009, future MLB first-rounder Kyle Parker was his starting quarterback and led the team to the ACC Championship Game, coming up just short in a shootout with Georgia Tech. Parker was a right fielder, not a pitcher, but it won't be Dabo's first time managing a two-sport QB.
Chandler is not only a serviceable backup quarterback prospect behind DJ Uiagalelei, he is a massive pickup for Monte Lee and the Clemson baseball team. The right-handed pitcher and shortstop was given a grade of 9.5 out of 10 by Perfect Game. They reserve the grade of 10 for sure-fire first-round draft picks, and assign the grade of 9 to "elite" college players that will potentially be picked in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft out of high school. I would expect that the prospect of playing QB for the Tigers will ensure that he foregoes professional baseball, even if he is drafted out of high school. Great get for the Tigers, and you've gotta love the name!