Cameron Clear, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end/offensive tackle from Memphis Central, Tenn., will be taking his first official visit on Dec. 4 to Duke. He says that Duke and Tennessee are recruiting him the hardest.
"They call every week and I usually get to talk to all the coaches," Clear said. "They send a lot of mail too."
Growing up, Clear followed Tennessee and will be visiting the Vols on Jan. 15. "I think coach Derek Dooley is doing a great job," he said. "He's got a lot of young players and most of those guys committed to Lane Kiffin so it'll take some time."
He says the Vols are recruiting him as a tight end. "But they're pretty much the only one that I've talked to about position," he said. "Alabama has talked about tight end a bit too."
Clear admits he prefers tight end, even though he's ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com. "I'd prefer to play tight end first, but I'll do whatever the coaches want," he said.
While he still denies a leader, Clear favors Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Duke and Tennessee. All have offered.
Although it isn't going to be an official visit, Clear will be attending the Alabama/Auburn game in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 26. "I'll be neutral for that one," he said. "It'll be a great game."
Clear will be visiting Alabama officially on Jan. 7. "I like coach Nick Saban," he said. "He's great and gets the best out of his players. He knows how to get guys into the league too."
But Clear also likes the Tide's in-state rival, Auburn. "I was shocked by how good they are," he said. "I didn't think they'd be undefeated. (Quarterback) Cam Newton is great and has made the difference for that team."
He is being recruited by Tigers' assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor. "He's a great guy," he said. "He talks to me about life after football and I like talking to him about life and stuff like that."
One topic they haven't talked about are the alleged recruiting allegations swirling around Cam Newton. "We don't talk about that," he said. "No one has talked with me about that. Right now it's nothing big. It's not gonna affect me until there's something to it."
Clear says he waiting for something concrete before he has an opinion on the matter. "If it becomes something like what happened to USC and there's probation or something then, yeah, I'd think about it," he admitted.
"I want to be successful and do what's best for me," he said.
Ironically, Newton's former team, Florida, is where Clear will be heading on Dec. 10 for an official visit. "I like coach Urban Meyer a lot," he said. "They're not having their usual Florida year, but it's still a great program."
During the summer Clear attended the Gators Friday Night Lights camp. "I loved being there," he said. "I love the relationship the players and coaches have. You can tell it's a home away from home."
Clear says he does not have a time frame for making a decision. "But I want to wait until after I take all these visits," he said.
"All of these schools have good facilities and academics, so it's gonna be about the coaches and the relationships I have with the people there," he said.
Clear finished his senior season (4-6) with 60 tackles and eight sacks. Offensively, he had 18 receptions for around 250 yards and six touchdowns.
He plans on majoring in graphic design and reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 21 ACT.