Saturday afternoon, we took our first virtual trip of the season to the state of Texas for our first look at one of the Tar Heels few quarterback targets in the 2022 class. 4✮ PRO Cade Klubnik and the Westlake Chaparrals looked to continue their march towards a second straight 6A state title as they traveled to Bastrop Memorial Stadium in Cedar Creek, TX to take on Stevens High School. Behind a career performance from Klubnik, the Chaparrals simply destroyed the Falcons 71-14 to advance to the state quarterfinals.
Klubnik led the way for this Chaparrals offense that put up 54 of their season-high 71 points in the first half, throwing for a career-high 357 yards on 21 of 34 passing. He found the endzone five times, all in the first half on Saturday, throwing four touchdowns and throwing for his other score.
It’s tough to gage how much of a chance the Tar Heels actually have of landing Klubnik, but reports from the major recruiting sites say that he has at least been receptive to the team so far. If the Tar Heels could somehow pull this one off, they would be landing an extremely talented signal caller. Klubnik has a huge arm and makes deep throws look effortless. He has very strong accuracy at all three levels of the passing game and also showed some nice ability on the run, as well. Klubnik isn’t the most mobile quarterback, but he does have a good pocket awareness and makes things happen when he escapes the pocket. He would be a tremendous fit in Phil Longo’s offense, but will be an extremely tough player to land considering his location and the other teams in the running for him.
We will close out the fall scouting season on Tuesday when we take a second look at 2022 3✮ CB Ryland Gandy in the GHSA AAAAAA state title game. After that, our attention for scouting reports will turn to February when the states of North Carolina and Virginia are expected to play their 2020-21 school year’s football season.