CLEMSON — Clemson still hasn’t offered a quarterback in the class of 2023.
Eli Holstein could become the first.
The Zachary (La.) High recruit has been talking with Tigers quarterback coach Brandon Streeter once a week for nearly a month. He’s scheduled to camp with Clemson the first weekend of June.
“I’ve been talking to coach [Brandon] Streeter once a week for almost a month,” Holstein told ClemsonSports.com. “I am very excited for the camp because it is a great opportunity to go compete and learn. I can’t really say what it is going to take to get an offer. That is their decision, and all I know is I can only control what I can control, so I am going to focus on that more.”
A three-star prospect, Holstein impressed at Elite 11’s Indianapolis event over the weekend. He recorded a a 4.69 40-yard dash, along with a 38-inch vertical leap. He measured in at 6-foot-3, 212-pounds. The pro-style quarterback’s arm impressed the most, as he proved to be a big-armed passer who can move outside of the pocket. This past fall as a sophomore, Holstein led Zachary to the Louisiana 5A state quarterfinal round.
The Tigers don’t offer recruits until they see them in person, preferably at one of Dabo Swinney’s camps. Holstein has made it clear he would love to get an offer from Clemson. The fast-rising quarterback currently holds offers from LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn. He could have an offer from Clemson by the end of June.
“A Clemson offer would obviously mean something to me because it is a great school with a great coaching staff and they produce great players,” he said. “I know that they would be able to develop me and that is what I am looking for in a school.”
Holstein isn’t the only quarterback in the class of 2023 who would like to see an offer come from the Tigers. Quarterback Malachi Nelson, a top-five overall player in the class of 2023, is scheduled to camp with the Tigers the first week of June. He told ClemsonSports.com last month that the idea of winning a national championship draws him to Clemson.
The Tigers have had plenty of success recently with quarterbacks, capped off by Trevor Lawrence being picked No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in last week’s NFL Draft. Clemson currently has a quarterback commit in the class of 2022, Cade Klubnik. But the Tigers have learned this spring with Taisun Phommachanh’s injury that having too many talented quarterbacks in the program can’t hurt.
“It is very appealing because they have had some great QB’s come out of there recently with that coaching staff, so a QB has to be intrigued by that,” Holstein said.