Clemons a Lifelong Spartan Fan

Flint Carman-Ainsworth junior OL Ricky Clemons cheers the Green and White in the fall and Spartan coaches have reciprocated with serious interest. Click through to read more on his recent Junior Day visit and the coaches he talked to, which big-time programs are recruiting him and more . . .

Ricky Clemons grew up a Spartan fan. "I've been a Michigan State fan my whole life," he says. "I've always loved the football program, how they talk about tradition. I just like the atmosphere."

Although the 6-foot-5, nearly 300-pound offensive line prospect has been on campus for games in the past, Clemons is making sure he sees every aspect of the Spartan program. At a recent Junior Day, he toured the football facilities and got a chance to speak to some coaches, namely tight ends coach Mark Staten and secondary coach Harlon Barnett.

"He's a great coach, a great guy to talk to," Clemons says about Staten. "I enjoyed talking to him because I usually only talk to him over the phone." And Barnett? "He's a real down to Earth coaches."

No offers have been extended yet, but Clemons says Michigan State coaches have talked about the importance of summer camps, to see if, "I know how to handle instruction and how I work with the coach," he says.

Clemons likely projects as an interior lineman at the next level and says he knows the importance of a complete game when it comes to pass and run blocking. "I try to balance it out," he says.

As for camp preparations, Clemons is focused on improving in two areas: "I'm working on my footwork and my speed," he says. "Make sure I can handle bigger D-tackles." He explains strength is important as well, along with streamlined technique. He reports maxing out at 350 on the bench press and close to 400-pounds for his squat.

Teams that show Clemons interest include MSU, Notre Dame, Central Michigan, Indiana and Alabama. He says he wants to weigh all his options and make sure he ends up at a school that's right for him.

In his spare time, Clemons is active in his church and participates in its youth group. "In the summertime we have fundraisers to help get us to places like California or Tennessee," he says. They also help out those in need in the community. "Last year, we painted a lady's fence," he says.

And playing for a coach like Mark Dantonio, who shares his values, will be an important consideration. "You're going to be with them for like five years," he says, "so you want to make sure you get along with them."


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