[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="3188" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]Vizzina, a top 10 rated QB nationally, recently announced his commitment to Clemson and coach Dabo Sweeny. Before announcing his decision, Vizzina had listed a top 6 of Notre Dame, Ole’ Miss, Auburn, Ohio State, Georgia, and of course Clemson.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3189" img_size="large" add_caption="yes"][vc_column_text]
Christopher Vizzina will have to work his way up the depth charts early on. Entering camp as a freshman before the 2023-2024 season, he is projected to be slotted behind at least two formers 5-star QBs. Assuming both are still at Clemson for the 23-24 season, DJ Uiagalelei will be heading into his Junior year and Cade Klubnik will be a rising sophomore.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3190" img_size="large" add_caption="yes"][vc_column_text]
Christopher Vizzina Opportunities for Playing Time:
Entering in as QB3 isn’t ideal for most Blue-chip QBs, however Dabo has opted to play younger QB’s in the past when more experienced ones have struggled in recent seasons. Examples include starting Deshaun Watson over Cole Stoudt for part of the 2014 season as well as starting Trevor Lawrence during his true freshman year.
If Klubnik is the rising star that Clemson fans hope for, Vizzina will likely have to compete as a backup early on. With DJ draft-eligible in 2023 and Klubnik in 2025, Vizzina realistically won’t take many QB1 reps until his junior year. Even if he doesn’t play a lot early on, Vizzina is still a top 60 player in 2023 and has serious pro-upside. If he develops in the Clemson system, there is a decent chance we can hear his name called on draft day.
This analysis assumes that Vizzina, as well as the two players in front of him on the depth chart, don’t transfer. Though depending on how this next season shakes out it could be a possibility in the future. If either DJ Uiagalelei or Cade Klubnik transfer in the next two seasons, which is always a possibility with the one-time transfer rule, then Vizzina could see the field much earlier than expected.
Vizzina will also have to worry about competition from younger classes as well given that Dabo routinely brings in at least one Blue-chip QB per recruiting class.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]