Even though college football hasn’t been on since January, one could argue that the spring period is one of the sport’s most important periods. Spring football starts up, the NFL draft happens and recruiting is ongoing. In a window where there’s a lack of football storylines, with respect to games and transactions, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff happening that affects the sport’s outlook for years to come.
If you’re in the position of a team like Clemson—coming off their second national championship in three years—you’re hoping to keep your success at that level for as long as possible. No one stays on top forever. So even though standout freshman QB Trevor Lawrence can’t enter the draft until after his junior season, Clemson has to think about his replacement eventually, even if that ascension can’t happen until 2021, at the earliest.
Enter D.J. Uiagalelei, the quarterback Clemson is grooming to be their next star.