CLEMSON — Recruits are back on campus as a busy summer at Clemson is underway. Senior writer Matt Connolly is ready to answer whatever questions you might have. You can submit your question for the “Question of the Day” here. Today’s questions are about Taisun Phommachanh, Justyn Ross and Clemson’s MLB Draft prospects.
How is Taisun? Have coaches shared a timetable on his rehab?
When does Justyn Ross have his next appointment with his specialist in Pennsylvania?
As a reporter, do you feel comfortable speculating what Clemson will do (or won’t) if both Bubba Chandler and Will Taylor go MLB?
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Clemson backup QB Taisun Phommachanh update
I’ll start with Phommachanh, who suffered a torn Achilles in Clemson’s spring game.
The backup quarterback was working at Dabo Swinney Camp last week, and while he was wearing a boot, he was moving better than I expected.
Phommachanh was instructing campers and even showing them how to go through some drills. No, he’s not close to being full-speed at this point, but the staff feels good about where he is in the rehab process.
Tigers offensive coordinator Tony Elliott spoke about Phommachanh on Packer and Durham May 27 and said he is “encouraged.”
“I anticipate that we’ll be able, at some point, to be able to move him back in, get some work out of him,” Elliott said. “Obviously with Taisun going down in the spring game, it creates a little bit of anxiety. But as we progress and see how he progresses with his recovery, we feel good with where we are at.”
Justyn Ross arrives in Pittsburgh for appointment
Clemson star wideout Justyn Ross was scheduled to visit Dr. David Okonkwo in Pittsburgh this month in hopes of being cleared for the 2021 season.
It appears as though Ross arrived in Pittsburgh for his visit on Monday.
Ross posted a picture on his Instagram story from the airport in Pittsburgh with the caption: “Send one [prayer] up for me.”
The last time Swinney spoke about Ross came last month when he appeared on WCCP: ““He’s doing great. He really is. He had an awesome spring. He looks amazing,” Swinney said. “You would never in a million years think there’s anything wrong with him if you watched him run and jump and cut and all the stuff that he can do.”
Bubba Chandler, Will Taylor MLB Draft update
Clemson quarterback signees Bubba Chandler and Will Taylor continue to be projected as first-round draft picks in next month’s MLB Draft.
MLB.com has Chandler going No. 17 overall to the Reds in its latest mock draft, with Taylor going No. 25 overall to the Athletics. It’s hard to imagine either player turning down millions to attend Clemson and play baseball and football for the Tigers.
The slot value for pick 17 is more than $3.6 million. The slot value for pick 25 is more than $2.7 million. That’s life-changing money. My guess is Clemson tries to find a quarterback in the portal who is comfortable being a backup if both players do indeed choose professional baseball.