BYU showing interest in junior college corner

BYU coaches have been recruiting a few different junior college defensive backs lately. Now, another one has shown up on the Cougar radar screen. This cornerback hails from Siskiyous Junior College in California.

The Cougar coaching staff is in the process of evaluating cornerback Caylen Clardy, an aggressive run-stuffer from Siskiyous Junior College.

"Well, I play football and baseball out here," said Clardy. "In football I play defensive back and punt returner. I'm around 5'10" and a half or 5'11". I'm right around there and weigh 185. Last season I had two interceptions and ended up getting hurt halfway through the season. I ended up spraining my ankle but played just a little here and there.

"I ran a 4.4 forty and my vertical was a 36 the last time I tested. My last shuttle time was when I was tested for baseball and I had the best time there. It was a 4.01 or a 4.02 time."

Prior to junior college, Clardy played both cornerback and quarterback for Aloha High School in Oregon.

"I started off as an athlete and started throwing the ball around a little bit. My coach said, ‘You can run and you can jump and you can throw the ball, so I'm going to put you at quarterback.' I just became kind of a run-first, pass-second kind of guy.

"My senior year I led my team to the state championship. I threw around 14 touchdowns and ran for another eight. I passed roughly for a thousand yards and I passed roughly for a thousand yards, but I don't know what my overall stats were."

Clardy was named an Oregon 6A first-team all-state selection as a defensive back in 2010 and was selected to play in the Les Schwab All-Star Bowl, featuring the top players in the state of Oregon.

"It kind of ended up with me getting more looks as a DB on the defensive side of the ball," Clardy said. "I was able to get my reads quickly and jump on the ball. I did get a lot of looks at DB and not as much at quarterback because of my size. Boise State was looking at me as a safety but I got most of my looks at corner. I didn't get much recognition for my on-field accomplishments because my grades weren't that good. I did end up being able to play in the all-star game. We were losing 32-7 at halftime. We came back after halftime and ended up winning the game."

As a quarterback, Clardy played behind BYU Cougar commit Brayden Kearsley.

"Yeah, Braden Kearsley was my offensive left tackle my senior year," Clardy said. "He was really good as a sophomore that year. He was second-team all-state and was around 6'4", 265 [pounds] or something like that back then. He was really good back then and a good kid."

Now at Siskiyous, located under the shadow of Mt. Shasta, Clardy is receiving interest from BYU and Texas State.

"When I was in high school I had schools telling me what I needed to do because my grades weren't too good," Clardy said. "Oregon State, Boise State are the only Division I schools that had interest in me while in high school."

Clardy plans on graduating this December with an AA degree prior to next spring camp. He's been hearing from Texas State and was recently contacted by BYU a few days ago.

"My grades are on point now," Clardy said. "I'll have a couple more classes to take this summer and plan on finishing those up. I'm going to finish up my school this summer so I can get out of here by winter.

"Texas State and BYU are the only two right now showing interest in me. BYU contacted my coach a couple days ago and they're now showing interest in me. I don't have any offers yet but they saw my film.

"The thing is, I had been playing baseball but my football team has been out at spring practices. They come by and, like a lot of other Division I scouts, watch a few times a week. They're looking for players and I guess BYU is looking for corners. My coach showed them some film and they said they liked it and wanted me to talk to them."

Clardy hadn't talked to BYU's coaches yet at the time of being interviewed, but planned on doing so soon.

"This happened a couple of days ago," he said. "I haven't spoken to BYU in person yet, but they gave my coach their number for me to talk to them. They told him to have me call them because they like my film. I was going to call them yesterday because my coach gave me their number for me to call, but I've been sick the past few days. I was just throwing up so I'll probably call them within the hour. I feel a lot better now and will give them a call here soon."

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