In the business of recruiting, college programs go out of their way make the sort of lasting impressions that keep them at the forefront of recruits' mind. There is no tool more important to that process than the official visit. If it goes well, a program can cement itself at the top of a youngster's list. If it goes badly, they can be completely removed from consideration. In the case of Toney Clemons and his weekend visit to Michigan, to say it went well would be an understatement.
"The visit was bananas!" Clemons exclaimed. "I loved everything about it. I loved the staff. I love the players they've got coming in…everybody I met. I love the team, my host Greg Mathews … the whole Ann Arbor experience was just great."
Clemons arrived on campus Saturday morning anxiously anticipating taking in his first Michigan game. When he finally set foot in the stadium and saw the capacity crowd, the experience surpassed all previous expectations.
"You wake up, you eat breakfast, you go through tours, you meet coaches, then you get ready for the game," Clemons said describing his visit. "When you go to the game, it's just amazing. For me it was overwhelming. I had never been there. I'd never seen a crowd like that. It was amazing. Breathtaking. It was crazy to have the student section cheering your name. It's a crowd of people that don't know you, but they're so devoted in their football that they know everything about you."
Prep Football Report's Tom Lemming reported this afternoon that Clemons' visit was so impressive that the youngster decided to end his recruitment. While the Wolverines clearly have rocketed up the talented pass-catcher's list, he indicated he wasn't quite ready to make an announcement.
"I can't say that's true yet," said Clemons when asked if he had committed to Michigan. "I have a press conference set in December. I'll make my decision known at that time. Michigan is my leader."
In the weeks leading up to that announcement, Clemons says it's likely he will take a few more visits.
"My mom wants me to get out and see a few more places," he explained.
Another aspect of recruiting that Clemons must make time for over the next few months is the line of coaches that will descend upon Western Pennsylvania to make their finals sales pitches. The youngster indicated that Michigan headman Lloyd Carr has already arranged to make his way there in December.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Clemons in the coming months.