South Carolina and Clemson QB commits named Gatorade Players of the Year

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The quarterback commitments for the South Carolina and Clemson football programs won a top honor in their respective states Tuesday.

Gamecock commit Braden Davis was named Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year and Tigers’ commit Cade Klubnik earned Texas Gatorade Player of the Year honors. It’s the first Gatorade honor for both quarterbacks.

Davis has led Middletown High to a 10-1 mark and spot in the Class 3A championship game this week. During the regular season, he completed 114 of 156 passes for 1,872 yards and 20 touchdowns through nine games, with just three interceptions. He also rushed for 638 yards and three scores on 46 carries.

Davis is selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game. He has volunteered locally on behalf of Stockings for Soldiers and Habitat for Humanity. Davis has maintained a weighted 4.17 GPA in the classroom, according to the announcement from Gatorade.

Klubnik is the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country, according to 247Sports Composite, and has led Westlake High to a 14-0 record and a spot in the Texas Class 6A-II semifinals. Westlake plays Katy this week and is ranked No. 2 in USA Today Super 25 poll.

Klubnik, who missed a few games with injury, has thrown for 2,619 yards and 34 touchdowns this season. He was MVP of the Elite 11 quarterback competition and has been selected to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl.

According to the announcement from Gatorade, Klubnik has an A average in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth sports programs.

All of the state’s Gatorade Player of Year awards were announced Tuesday morning.

Daniel High’s Trent Pearman won it for the second straight year in South Carolina after leading the Lions to a 14-0 record and second straight Class 3A title.

For a list of complete winners, click here.

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