The 6-foot-6 defensive linemen is a two-sport standout who is a musician and the first African-American to hold the brigade commander position in the ROTC program. Porter believes he can utilize all of these talents to make a career out of them in the near future.
"If I go into the music side, I will probably open up my own studio or
open up some kind of organization that helps kids express themselves
through music," Porter said. "If I go through the health sciences, I
definitely want to be an athletic trainer."
Not to shabby eh?
The young man is a go-getter, which is why Nevada offered him a
scholarship the same day Porter displayed his super athleticism and
skill in a summer football camp hosted by the Pack.
But why would he act so soon and commit to Nevada even after bigger
programs showed interest?
"I have family here, just a great atmosphere and I love the football
program out there," Porter said.
Like many of his 2014 class, he really appreciates how head coach Brian
Polian cares about his players and shows unconditional support.
"He is open to new ideas and I hear all these rumors about other
college coaches that are old fashioned but coach Polian is not one of
them," Porter said. "He listens to the players and he's always willing
And just as Porter appreciates his coach, Polian knows he found a hard
working young man who is very intelligent and passionate about helping
in any way possible.
"Clifford is very exciting because his upside is so big," Polian said.
"He is a terrific athlete for a man his size and he will only get
And the talented incoming freshman talked about how he can make his
presence felt immediately.
"I'm there to help in any way I can, if it's on the defensive end or
the offensive end," Porter said. "I'm fast off the ball, and kind of
hard to get a hold of."
Porter also mentioned that he emulates J. J. Watt and Jason Pierre-Paul, which is a positive sign for Wolf Pack fans to see because
only a hard worker would strive for a goal of that magnitude.
Is it possible? Of course, but it has to start in practice and doing
the extra-curricular activities that will help his body reach that
"I'm looking forward for their (fans) support and looking forward to
having a great time," Porter said. "There is a lot more intensity on
the college level, it's a different atmosphere. They (coaches) push you
harder, they want you to do better, they want you to be great."
You can check out video
highlights of Porter's senior year here.
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