Clement: "NC State Felt Like Home"

Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek cornerback Jacobe Clement discusses his commitment to NC State.

It was a busy weekend for Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek cornerback Jacobe Clement, who camped at his top three schools in hopes of finalizing his decision.

"I was at South Carolina Friday, [UNC] Chapel Hill on Saturday, and [NC] State on Sunday," said Clement.  "Those were the three I was looking into and then they all wanted to see me again in camp." 

Clement, who already held offers from Clemson, NC State, Tennessee, Duke, West Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest among others, picked NC State on Sunday.  He notified Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren shortly after camp.

"NC State was the first school to offer me, and since then I felt the same about them," said Clement.  "When it came down to it, I decided to commit and shut it down... made that decision. NC State felt like home.

"They offered me after my sophomore season when I came to a Junior Day... it was my first offer and that stuck with me."

How did coach Doeren react when Clement made his decision?

"He was pretty happy," Clement stated.  "[Laughing] He kind of went crazy... just a little bit."

Measuring 6-foot-1 and 182 pounds with a 6-foot-5 wingspan, Clement has ideal size for the cornerback position, and he spent a lot of time with position coach George Barlow during camp.

"That's part of the reason I committed," he stated.  "I really like coach Barlow. I liked working with him, and I got to do some individuals with him... talk a lot with him. That's who I want to work with the next few years.

"The coaches told me back when I got the offer that they wanted big corners, and we talked more about it before I committed.  They said that I fit what they are looking for back there."

Clement played his junior year at South Mecklenburg High School before transferring to Mallard Creek this spring.  A state power, Mallard Creek has had several top players pick NC State over the years, ranging from All-ACC tight end Jaylen Samuels and top 2016 tight end signee Thaddeus Moss to 2017 verbal commitment Grant Gibson.  Did that play a role in Clement's final decision?

"I wanted to go to school with someone I knew," said Clement.  "At State we have a lot of dudes already from Mallard Creek and Grant [Gibson] is committed already.  I don't think we are done.  I got to get Ryan [Jones]... I got to get T.J. [Moore]."

Clement is rated the top cornerback in North Carolina and the No. 39 cornerback in the country by  Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark is extremely high on th three-star prospect.

"Clement is a long, athletic cornerback with good range," said Clark.  "He's comfortable in both man and zone coverage. Clement is smooth in and out of his backpedal. He also has good closing speed and ball skills.

"He need to continue to add weight and get stronger, but he has big upside and bright future."

Despite the long list of offers, Clement says his recruitment is over.  

"The only thing coming up for me is more visits to State," he said.  "I've got to find out if I'm going to enroll early or not.  I'm still looking into that."

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