It sounded an awful lot like former Michigan wide receiver Toney Clemons is ready to be a Colorado Buffalo when Scout.com talked with him tonight. CU fans should know within days whether he chooses the Buffs over Cincinnati in deciding where he will transfer this summer. He is scheduled to visit Boulder Thursday or Friday and remain in town until Saturday or Sunday.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pound speedster was recruited out of high school in the Pittsburgh area by CU running backs coach Darian Hagan. The two formed a close relationship even though Clemons ultimately chose to attend Michigan where he caught 12 passes for 106 yards in two seasons.
When the Wolverines changed coaches prior to last season, Clemons began to see signs that the program might not be the best place for him after all. He endured a difficult season and made the tough choice to leave. He described his separation from the Wolverines this way.
"It just wasn't a good fit for me depth chart-wise, system-wise," he said. "I didn't feel like I was getting utilized the way I wanted to. I didn't feel like they used my talent, my fast speed and route running to stretch the field. I just had to go somewhere where I feel my talent would be utilized and somewhere I feel I have a chance to come in and be a factor in.
"I feel Colorado is a system that will allow me to do that offensively."Clemons said he is excited to finally visit Colorado, which was among his top five schools during the recruiting process in high school. He said he never was able to arrange a visit to Boulder back in 2006 because something always seemed to conflict with his mother's schedule.
"I have a visit set up for this week," Clemons said. I'm going to come out there and check them out this week.
"I was told by coach Hagan in high school that if I ever visited the place, I would come there. I never had a shot to do it in high school. So when I knew I was leaving and they had some interest in me and I was interested in them, I definitely wouldn't pass up the opportunity the second time. I won't let anything hold me back to come out there."Clemons is in the process of finishing up his spring semester classes at Michigan before transferring. He said the idea of having to sit out next season is depressing, but he would have two years of eligibility remaining and believes he could make an impact for the Buffs.
He is very aware of Colorado's depth issues at wide receiver, which is one reason that makes the program so appealing. He also likes the CU coaching staff's offensive philosophy of running the ball and stretching the defense with a vertical passing game.
"I know they've got some talented guys there and I just want to go in and compete with them," Clemons said. "They have talented guys at my position and they have talented guys on the other side of the ball. So I know I would have steady competition to go against every day there and work hard against. It would help me get better as well as help them get better.
Clemons said there are a few simple factors he will consider when choosing either Colorado or Cincinnati.
"To be honest with you, just the fit," he said. "If it's right for me depth chart-wise. The campus life doesn't matter. The education at both schools is great. So that is not going to play much of a factor. I'm older now. So the stuff that impressed me right out of high school isn't even in play anymore. It just comes down to coaching, depth chart and if I feel the place is right for me."