ATHENS — Quarterback Chase Brice is all about focusing on what he can control, and where he takes his next snap is next up on that agenda
Brice, who won a state championship at Grayson High School in Georgia in 2016, announced on Twitter he’s leaving Clemson after graduating from the South Carolina school in May.
Reach heights, never reach limits.
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— Chase Brice (@chasebrice7) January 16, 2020
Brice will have two years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder played in 13 of 14 games this season, completing 50 of 85 passes for 581 yards with four touchdowns. He also had 14 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown in the 209 snaps he played.
Brice’s most notable performance was last season, when he came off the bench with Trevor Lawrence injured against Syracuse. With the Tigers down, Brice directed a 94-yard drive that culminated with the game-winning TD in the final minute, keeping the Tigers undefeated en route to the College Football Playoff championship.
Brice recently Tweeted a picture of himself from his early youth wearing a Georgia football jersey, triggering speculation earlier this week.
The tweet was subsequently taken down, but not before Bulldogs’ fans took note and discussion ensued.
Georgia added Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman last week and returns redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis, incoming freshman Carson Beck and redshirt junior Stetson Bennett.
But the fact Brice has two years of eligibility remaining leaves room for speculation.
Brice sat down with DawgNation for a one-on-one interview during the College Football Playoff Media Day last Saturday at New Orleans’ Xavier University
He shared that, in addition to Clemson, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest were the schools that recruited him most heavily. Brice was rated as a 3-star prospect at Grayson, the No. 17 Pro Style QB in the nation before 247Sports, and No. 393 player overall.
Brice explained that he wasn’t “really” recruited by Georgia as a high school prospect.
“We did a couple of 7-on-7 camps there, but I don’t think I ever camped (there), maybe when I was real young, like a little kids’ camp, but that would be about it,” Brice said.
“When I was coming up, Coach (Mike) Bobo was there my sophomore year, and then it was Coach Schottenheimer who was next after that.
“I think they were getting Bailey (Hockman), then he-decommitted, and then they got Jake (Fromm). After that I didn’t really get recruited.”
Brice said he made the best decision he could have made as an 18-year-old recruit choosing Clemson, and had nothing but great things to say about his coaches and teammates.
But, Brice said, he does have visions of playing in the NFL.
“I try to focus on what I can control now, and the things I can’t control are down the road,” Brice said Saturday, two days before Clemson’s CFP Championship Game against LSU. “What I can control are my decisions, how I prepare, my attitude and things like that, that I know will help lead me to the next level.
“You just have to be ready, you just to have know that you are ready.”
Brice is ready to take the next step, and he’ll be in control of when that decision is made and where it leads him.
Chase Brice, Jan. 11, 2019
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