OL Waiting For UM Offer

At 6-feet 1/2 and 275 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Edison standout offensive/defensive lineman Richard Clebert has been enjoying a busy summer.

"One of the national polls has us ranked in the country," Clebert said. "It's making us work really hard. The coaches are really working us hard with conditioning stuff this summer. When regular practices start, it'll almost seem like a break for us."

Clebert has also attended several summer camps this year to help get more exposure.

"I went to the NIKE Camp first," he said. "Then I went to the Rutgers camp down here. I've also gone to the Florida and Ohio State camps. And I also went for one day to Miami's camp."

Clebert, who goes both ways in high school, said the one thing he's definitely learned the most from the camps is his future position.

"I worked in at both center and D-Tackle," he said, "but most of them told me to play center because I guess that's where I'm going to play in college."

The talented lineman recalls a funny moment during his camp experiences this summer.

"I had gone to Ohio State's camp and gotten one of their shirts that said Ohio State Football on it," he said. "I wasn't even really thinking about it but when I showed up to Miami's camp, they all started messin with me, asking me why I had an Ohio State shirt on and stuff. It was funny."

Inside the weightroom is another area of strength for the talented lineman. After putting up 34 reps at 185 at the NIKE Camp, he's been busy trying to get that number up this summer.

"Just yesterday I maxed," he said. "I put up four plates and a 25 (455 pounds). I like keeping my strength up because it gives me an advantage since I'm not real tall like some other guys. I'll just underneath and push people around all day long."

The talented lineman, who also participated on Edison's varsity wrestling and track teams as a junior, scored a 16 on the ACT for the first time. This will be his fourth year playing football.

On the recruiting front, Clebert has nearly a dozen scholarship offers but says he's narrowed his list down to three.

"It'll probably be out of Miami, Florida, and Louisiana [State]," he said. "Those are the three. Florida and Louisiana [State] have already offered. I went to Florida's camp and I'm leaving Friday for Louisiana [State]."

Clebert is still waiting on a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes but said he's realized that it's not something to worry about just yet.

"They haven't offered me but I don't know hardly anybody they've offered," he said. "Me, Brouce [Mompermier], and Jackey [Claude] don't have one. My boy Antonio Dixon from Booker T. hasn't gotten offered yet. Maybe people like Charlie Jones and Willie [Williams] but I don't know of anyone. I guess they're being a little tighter with their offers this year so I'm not worried about it right now."

Clebert spoke to UM receivers coach Curtis Johnson in the spring and again at UM's camp.

"In the spring he basically told me that he likes the way I play and that he'll be keeping in touch," he said. "I know him because his daughter plays basketball here [at Edison]. Then I talked to him at the camp. He walked over to [Art Kehoe] and was like 'hey coach, I just want to let you know that this is the best center around' and [Kehoe] was like 'lets see it' so I had to put on a show that day. It was fun."

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