Clemons sees opportunity at UK

Joker Phillips hoped to bring in a couple of productive running backs in the 2011 class. At this point, the Wildcats have received commitments from two solid Georgia backs, including Josh Clemons.

Joker Phillips hoped to bring in a couple of productive running backs in the 2011 class. At this point, the Wildcats have received commitments from two solid Georgia backs, including Josh Clemons.

Kentucky has been in search of a true every down back for a long period of time. Backs like Rafael Little and Derrick Locke were very productive for Kentucky in the run game and in the passing game, but neither of these players has the body build of Josh Clemons.

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Clemons is built low to the ground and very compact, but he has an explosiveness to his game that allows him to use his build and his speed to make plays on the field.

"I think my power and my use of my hands are my strengths," said Clemons. But he's not just a power back. Clemons runs a sub 4.5 forty and has great footwork to avoid the defender to gain additional yardage.

Clemons's overall skill set got him scholarship offers from Maryland, Mississippi State and even his home state Georgia Bulldogs came calling later in the process. But Clemons is solid with Kentucky after his visit.

"I committed to Kentucky because of the coaches, the chance to play in the SEC and the players (on the roster)," said Clemons. "What stood out to me was the strength and conditioning coach (Rock Oliver)," he continued.

Clemons had a great senior season, rushing for over 2000 yards and 26 touchdowns. Against 4-A competition in Georgia, those are impressive numbers. It's easy to see why Joker Phillips and the Kentucky staff were so excited about his commitment.

"They were excited (when I committed)," he said. "They said it was an early Christmas gift on Christmas Eve," he continued.

Clemons is confident that he can be a factor for Kentucky next season out of the backfield, as a true freshman.

"If I get my plays down, I think I can be an every-down back with my power to get short yards and my catching ability," he finished.


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