Clemons Checks in with TSR

2011 running back prospect picked up his first offer from Maryland. Where do the Terps rank now?

Josh Clemons is going into his senior season hungry. He's hungry for yards. He's hungry for attention. He's hungry to impress. Clemons told reporter Patrick Quinn, “I want to get out. Get out and just run. Tennessee wants to see me outrun the defense and not focus too much on pounding. So that's what I'll do.” And UT is not the only school eying the 5-10, 202 pound running back.

As Chad Simmons of reported, Clemons received his first offer from Maryland on June 5. Since then he's received offers from both University of Central Florida and most lately, Middle Tennessee State University. While the first, Maryland's pursuit seems to have stalled. Clemons said he is still receiving letters and updates about the school, but not too much from the football program. However, for Clemons, while he appreciates Maryland's offer, currently, it lies outside his top five. “I'd go. If that's all I had left. But I'd like to stay close to home and play in the SEC.” The Fayetteville, GA resident lists Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee, UCF, and MTSU all above Maryland.

While a Georgia native, and his father a former middle linebacker for the Bulldogs, and sitting at number 2 on his list, Clemons insisted that by no means is he dead set on Georgia. “A lot of coaches assume that's where I want to go. I probably would go. But if they're not showing me the interest, I'd rather join a program where my talents are wanted.”

And Clemons is certainly talented. In early June, Clemons ran the third fastest 40 (4.44 seconds) at the Auburn MVP Camp. While he says his speed separates him from other backs, he adds, “I can also pick up the blocks.” He compares himself to former University of Georgia standout Knowshon Moreno. “Every play he was running to take it to the house.”

And it is this shared mindset that Clemons hopes will draw more scouts and more schools. “I was hoping to have a favorite or second favorite before camp [high school summer camps] starts so I can focus on that, and then be committed before the season started.” But, because the interest has not yet been up to his liking, he has changed his mentality of the recruiting process. “I don't mind waiting to the very end, so more people can come see me.”

It will be interesting to see if Maryland's interest in Clemons increases now that sophomore running back Caleb Porzel has left the team.

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