Spartan Digest first saw Piqua (Ohio) running back Darien Tipps-Clemons a year ago and a the Enhance-U Combine in Dayton, Ohio.
Working at the camp as a running back, we felt the 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect could be a higher level prospect if he camped with schools as a linebacker.
During a recent trip to Michigan State, Tipps-Clemons heard some insight into how one of college football’s top programs see him on the field and it turned his head.
“I visited the Michigan State Spartans this past Saturday,” said Tipps-Clemons. “The visit was great and I liked it a lot as the coaches were telling me how good of a player I was and how many times they’ve watched my film.
“I’ve liked Michigan State for awhile now and I’ve been talking with my mom for some time about how Michigan State is a school I’m really high on. But getting up there to see their campus and all the things they have to offer really etched that into my mind.”
But it was more than just the surroundings that left Tipps-Clemons high on the Spartans.
“Getting a chance to see them practice and talking with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and Coach (Harlon) Barnett and meeting all the coaches was great,” he said. “I also got to be on the field when they had their scrimmage was great.
“If they offer me I’m going to talk with Coach D and then talk with my parents,” he said. “They would be a top school if they offered me and I’m sure other schools would offer me. But they have a lot to offer and would be a school hard to beat.”
Tipps-Clemons is expecting to hear more from the Spartans after they look at more of his film.
“They see me as an athlete,” he said. “They said that my film was a majority at running back. So they would bring me in as an athlete but are looking at me more as a linebacker right now. They said I fit the mold of the players they have recruited at running back but I like their defense as they are aggressive. Of all my visits, I got the best vibe from them.”
Unsure when he’ll return for a visit, Tipps-Clemons is hoping he’ll hear from the Spartans soon with news of an offer. Spartan Digest will have more if the Spartans extend an offer.