Playmaker Has Schools Excited

This talented receiver from South Georgia used a strong junior season to catapult himself into the upper echelon of receiver prospects.

Valdosta, Ga.--Numbers can sometimes be deceiving but that's not the case with talented wide receiver Cory Clemons from Lowndes County High School. Coming off a season in which he caught 63 passes for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading the Vikings to a 11-3 record and a berth in the semi-finals of the state playoffs, the 6-2, 200-pounder already has schools from across the country showing interest.

"Oh man," his father Abraham Clemons laughs when asked about the schools pursuing Cory. "We get so many letters all the time. We get a couple or three letters a day at least. Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Notre Dame, Penn State have been writing a lot. You name them and they've sent us something."

Cory Clemons

That's not surprising considering Cory is already being touted as one of the top receivers in the South. With the body to take hits over the middle and the speed to outrun defenders down the field, he is the ultimate weapon as a receiver on the high school level. With a career-best 40-yard dash time of 4.47 seconds and a bench press of 350 pounds, Clemons can not only run by players but run through them if he has to.

"Cory has been going a lot," he notes. "Last year he really blossomed and that started some as a sophomore. Last year he played tight end and wide receiver but this year he's going strictly wide receiver because no one in the region could really stay with him last year. Coming off the line nobody could stay with him and he does really well after the catch running the ball. We sent a lot of schools tapes and highlight films and most of the colleges really like the way he runs with the ball after he makes the catch. A lot of them say he runs like a halfback after he catches the ball."

He had a chance to show his stuff this past weekend when he attended the Nike Combine held on the campus of the University of Georgia. Along with more than 300 players, Clemons worked out for numerous college coaches and his father said he thought he did well with the exception of a sub-par 40-yard dash time on a slow artificial turf track. He did manage an impressive 20 repetitions of 185 pounds in the bench press.

Also a standout on the basketball court and the track, where he runs the 100-yard dash and also throws the discuss, Clemons is expected to perform the rare double of playing wide receiver and defensive end his senior season. Before that happens though he will attend a couple of summer camps on the Auburn campus, the first being the senior camp from which Auburn eventually signed the majority of the 2002 recruiting class.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Clemons attends the same high school as current Auburn football player Jay Ratliff and center fielder Javon Moran graduated from just a few years ago. Consequently his family says that they've had plenty of chances to learn about the Auburn program and the University--something to keep in mind when Signing Day 2003 rolls around next February.

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