Clearely a Priority

Shaquille Cleare is dominating right now in the state of Texas and that has all the in-state powers as well as some heavy hitters from outside the region showing him significant recruiting attention.

The class of 2012 is loaded in the state of Texas, especially inside, and Shaquille Cleare is one of the most heavily coveted players. The center from Houston (TX) Village School is having a dynamic junior season, and is one of the most highly recruited players in the nation.

It has been a good year for Cleare. The 6-foot-9 and 280 pounder is asserting his will on opponents and it has led to some gaudy numbers.

"The season is going well," said Cleare. "We still have a lot of stuff to work on. I still have a lot of stuff to work on but I have been averaging 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game. I am just trying to get better and keep on improving."

In the Houston area there is plenty of talent to challenge Cleare, but he makes it his mission to outwork everyone else and to continue to progress.

"There are a lot of big guys in the area, but I just have to put in the extra work," Cleare explained. "I think I can now face the rim and score as well as being a good passer and having good post moves. I just try to work hard and improve every day."

Recruiting wise things are heating up a big way. With nimble feet, great hands, and a big body, Cleare has turned himself into a priority recruit for a lot of teams stretching from coast-to-coast.

"There are a lot of coaches talking to me," said Cleare. "Maryland, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, South Florida, Arizona, there are just a lot of schools talking to me right now but I am still wide open."

At this point Cleare hasn't had a chance to make any in-season unofficial visits, but some trips should begin to happen once the year is over.

"I haven't made any unofficial visits this year, but I Will Do so after the season," said Cleare. "I am not 100 percent sure on which schools I will go to."

For Cleare the recruiting process can be fun and tiring all at the same time. Also he knows the challenge that will be there at the end of the road when it comes time to simply pick one school and tell all of the other coaches thanks but no thanks.

"It feels good to have all the top coaches talking to you," said Cleare. "Making a decision is going to be very difficult. You build such a great relationship with the coaches it makes it tough, but I know I can only go to one school."

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