The Terps’ staff hasn’t just been identifying under-the-radar junior recruits this winter; they’ve also entered the fray early for soon-to-be-elite 2018 prospects as well. The latest sophomore verbal went out to Rancocas Valley Regional (Mount Holly, N.J.) athlete Iverson Clement, a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder with one prior offer from Temple.
“It was a great offer to get – my first Big Ten offer. I love the Big Ten and the football they play in that conference, so it’s great to have an opportunity to play in that kind of league,” said Clement, who added the verbal Feb. 29. “In my opinion, Maryland is a very good Big Ten school and is on the rise. Every program is going to have to build up from time to time, but with the [coaches] they have there now and the [recruits] they’re bringing in, I believe they can be among the top teams in the Big Ten. And, really, by the time my year comes around, I believe Maryland can be a national contender.”
Clement had actually been in contact with Maryland’s Director of Recruiting, Marcus Berry. Evidently the Jersey native met Berry, who was formerly employed by Rutgers, at a Scarlet Knights camp last year. Then when Berry shifted over to UMD, the recruiting director renewed the rapport with the budding running back/slot Clement.
“When I was up at Rutgers, I did real well at the camp and Coach Berry actually picked me out as someone who would be offered,” Clement said. “But then everyone at Rutgers was fired, and I never got the offer. But I still stayed in contact with Coach Berry, and we had a nice relationship going. What happened was he’d stay in contact with my coaches and 7-on-7 coaches, and we’d stay in touch that way.
“Then, when he got to Maryland, I went down there for a visit a few weeks ago. He was the only coach there because all the other coaches were just moving in, but it was good to see [Berry] again and sort of get back in touch with him.”
Berry, though, wasn’t the one who extended the offer. Clement spoke to UMD running backs coach Anthony Tucker Feb. 29.
“I talked to Coach [Anthony] Tucker, who contacted my 7-on-7 coach and let me know the offer was there for me,” Clement said. “Coach Tucker told me to stay in the books, keep working on things besides just football, and then just go out and dominate when I hit these camps. He said he loved my film and was looking forward to staying in touch with me.”
As aforementioned, Clement has already been to College Park, Md., once before. He offered up high praise for the campus and facility upgrades in particular.
“All I can say is I love the atmosphere, I love how the place looks and I love what they’re doing there,” Clement said. “The new renovations and the indoor fields, they’re going to be great. By the time I’d get there in 2018, it’s going to be looking real nice.”
Besides UMD, Clement has obviously been to nearby RU on a few occasions. Next week, though his 7-on-7 squad is venturing south, giving the recruits an opportunity to see NC State, South Carolina, UNC, Florida and potentially others.
“Hopefully when I go on this tour the coaches will like my size and speed and I’ll get some more offers,” Clement said. “But I’m just staying humble and working right now. Anyone who is 16 years old and has two offers has to be humbled.”
Clement mainly played running back last season, although he did line up in the slot occasionally. He returned kicks and punts as well.
“I’m probably going to college as an athlete, but I think my position is going to be running back,” Clement said. “I see myself at running back, because I have the vision and moves, and I’m working on getting my times down now.”