Spring 2021 Magazine

Top QB prospect Cade Klubnik picks Clemson, thanks parents for helping him be 'man of Christ'

With Trevor Lawrence on his way to the NFL, and D.J. Uiagalelei set to take over as quarterback, perennial powerhouse Clemson just landed who may be their next elite QB in a long line of prospects.

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Four-star quarterback Cade Klubnik committed to the Tigers on Tuesday. He attends Westlake High in Austin, Texas — where Drew Brees, Nick Foles and Sam Ehlinger all played in high school — and will graduate in 2022.

Set to the music of Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” Klubnik released a video announcing his decision.

“Over the years, God has blessed me with many things — the love for the game, the drive, the passion to be better, the feeling of never being satisfied, which pushes me even harder,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with amazing coaches my whole life, since the very beginning.”

After thanking teammates, coaches and his siblings, Klubnik also thanked his parents.

“And last but not least, I’d like to thank my mom and dad. Thank you for showing me what it truly means to be a man of Christ, what it means to be a leader amongst many. I’ve played hundreds of games in my life and I know y’all wouldn’t miss one for the world,” he said.

 

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Klubnik’s faith in Christ is something he expresses on social media. In his Twitter bio, he lists Psalm 23:4, which says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Upon receiving many of his scholarship offers, including Clemson’s, Klubnik would give glory to God.

Led by head coach Dabo Swinney, Clemson is known for having a faith-focused football program. That was appealing to Klubnik.

“Just the people there, and the connections that I’ve made with them, and the relationships that I’ve built have definitely been really huge,” he said about Clemson, via TigerNet.com. “Just people that I can see myself growing with for four years, and just good people, and just a great program. It’s somewhere you can have fun while doing it.”

In 2020, his junior season, Klubnik was named the Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year in Texas, after throwing for 3,495 yards and 35 touchdowns, and running for another 583 yards and 15 TDs. He led Westlake to its second consecutive state championship.

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