DUNCAN, S.C. - It's not often that a quarterback gets this much hype going into his junior year. It's also not often that Steve Spurrier would offer a quarterback a scholarship that has not taken a snap in his junior yet either. Then again, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes quarterback Will Korn is a special player.
Yesterday Korn made the Clemson Tiger nation very happy as he became Clemson's first commitment for the class of 2007 and got the ball rolling on another great class for the Tigers.
"He's just an amazing player," Byrnes head coach Bobby Bentley said. "He has such mental and physical character. He's the kind of kid that is able to walk up to the line of scrimmage and see the field and change the play at the line. I can't say enough great things about him, he is going to make Clemson very happy."
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Korn, a member of the class of 2007, is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound gun-slinger that picked up offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.
"Clemson was the easy choice for me," Korn said. "It's 45 minutes from my house and staying close to home was one of the main things for me so that my family can come and see me play. Clemson told me that if I would commit that they would shut down quarterback recruiting for two years and after that it was an easy choice."
As a sophomore Korn threw for 2,997 yards and 31 touchdowns in helping lead his team to a third consecutive state title in class AAAA in South Carolina.
"I knew that wherever I went I wanted the chance to play early," Korn said. "At Clemson I think the opportunity is there for the taking. Charlie (Whitehurst) will be a senior this year and the guy that will probably start next year is going to be a senior as well, so they'll be looking for someone to step in my first year there."
The decision for Korn to go ahead and commit so early in the process was made so that he could focus on leading the Rebels to another title.
"I love the coaches at Clemson," Korn said. "I met coach Blackwell as a freshman in high school. He came by and I couldn't talk to him then and he was here to check out another player, but I got to shake his hand. I have talked to him a lot over the last few months. They have always treated me really well when I have been up there and it's just a place that I feel really comfortable."