Trent Pearman: Clemson adds walk-on QB

The Clemson Tigers added a walk-on quarterback to their 2022 class as Trent Pearman stayed inside the state and made his commitment through his Twitter account on Tuesday morning, the day before National Signing Day.

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Pearman does not have a star rating on any of the major recruiting sites, and his only reported FBS scholarship offer came from the UAB Blazers according to 247Sports and On3. Any walk-on quarterback is going to struggle to see much playing time especially when you’re on one of the best programs in college football.

Last year’s starter D.J. Uiagalelei did not have the breakout season many expected, but he was one of the top prospects nationally out of the class of 2020. He did not do enough that would make a potential switch at the quarterback position unthinkable especially with Cade Klubnik signed to the program. Klubnik is considered one of the best QB prospects for the class of 2022 and is already enrolled at the school.

Bubba Chandler was the lone quarterback signed to the 2021 class as a 4-star recruit according to three of the four major recruiting sites. The Tigers also brought in Hunter Johnson to their roster this offseason. He was originally at Clemson before moving on to the Northwestern Wildcats and transferred back to the Tigers. Clemson lost reserve QBs Taisun Phommachanh to the portal this offseason, and he has yet to announce his transfer destination.

Clemson should be looked at as one of the major bounce-back teams heading into the fall. The Tigers fell well short of the high expectations they set for themselves last season and finished 10-3 overall including 6-2 in ACC play and won the Cheez-It Bowl.

The only other scholarship quarterback on the roster is Billy Miles, who enrolled on campus as a preferred walk-on. Pearman joins Hunter Helms is the team’s walk-on quarterbacks.

Trent Pearman attends D.W. Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina.

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