Wide receiver Matt Clements of Naples (Fla.) has been showing interest in Ohio State for quite some…
Clements Gearing Up For South Carolina Visit
His combination of size and speed have made him one of the premier receiving threats in the Sunshine State this year, and several major football programs have come calling for his services. Clements claims offers from South Carolina, Auburn, Ohio State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Nebraska among others, but two teams currently stand out to the talented receiver.
"Pitt and South Carolina are my top two. So far I've only gone to Pittsburgh, and I'm really excited to go to South Carolina this weekend, just because it seems like they have a lot to offer. I've been talking to Coach Gillespie a lot, the coach that's been recruiting me, and I'm just really excited to get up there. I just want to get up there and see if it could possibly be a real good fit for me. I'll just take it from there."
The speedy receiver prospect is gearing up for his visit to Columbia this weekend to see South Carolina take on Tennessee, and he is excited to see what all the Gamecocks have to offer.
"I really want to check out the atmosphere, and see how the atmosphere is. I want to see how the crowd is and how the players really get pumped up and get ready to play. I'd love to be in that environment."
Clements, who totaled 50 receptions for 726 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior last season, says that one reason South Carolina is appealing to him is the possibility for early playing time in Steve Spurrier‘s offense..
"Basically, if I can, I'll have the opportunity to play as a freshman which is always good. Anywhere I can get on the field, I'd love it. Basically, (Coach Gillespie) thinks really highly of me, and he wants to see if I can get up there and make some plays. It's a possibility that I can play my freshman year, so I'm excited for that."
According to Clements, if everything goes well this weekend at Carolina, he could possibly pull the trigger and commit to the Gamecocks.
"Right now I'm really just waiting to see how everything goes. Possibly if my visit goes really good, there's a chance I might commit. If not this weekend, then pretty soon. I'm just really trying to see how that goes, and if I do commit, I'm still going to take my other visits that I set up just to check out my other options a little."
He stated that several factors will ultimately play into his final decision of where to play his college ball.
"Basically just how I feel there, and how comfortable I feel with the coaches and the players. The school and if it seems like a good place that I could see myself playing in the future. The academics and how good the school is, and basically what's going to be best for my future. How close it is to home, and if my parents can come up and see me play whenever they want. Those are basically some of the things I'm looking for when I make my decision on committing."
Earlier this season, Clements was asked to man the quarterback spot for his Barron Collier team, but after a much publicized falling out with his coach, the versatile playmaker is now back in his comfort zone at wide receiver.
"Everything's going good. I got back in the swing of things. I'm playing wideout again, so I'm having fun, and I'm basically just working hard and hoping that my team gets in the playoffs."
Clements stated that he enjoyed playing quarterback, but he believes his talents are best suited at wide receiver.
"I did love quarterback. I liked it a lot, but I feel like I'm a natural receiver. I feel like I'm back at the position that I'm supposed to be at, so I'm having a lot of fun doing that. I get to make some more plays in the open field, as opposed to having to go between the tackles a little bit. I get to showcase my speed, and I think it was a good move for me to move back to wideout."
Lastly, Clements was asked to describe his strengths as a player on the gridiron and what makes him such a dangerous receiving threat every time he touches the ball.
"I have a lot of speed and quickness. I think I have pretty good size, so I'm pretty strong, and I think my blocking is one of my good qualities."
Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for the latest on this elite Sunshine State prospect.
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