Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech coaches have stopped by Jamestown High School (Williamsburg, VA) during the evaluation period for a closer look at 6-4, 205-pound WR Brandon Clear and his brother Byron, who is a 6-5, 205-pound prospect. Both Clear brothers impressed at the Army All-American Junior combine as well as the Scout.com combine in Durham and both feel the recruiting process is really just beginning to heat up.
A major reason why neither has an offer right now is because they have not been able to get out sophomore and/or junior year film. The Clears moved from Louisiana to Williamsburg last summer when their father, who is in the military, was transferred.
"We're close to getting offers right now," Brandon Clear said. "Last week, my dad sent out some tape and that's what the coaches have been asking for. They always had the ‘if' because they wanted to see my tapes. My coach has been sick so he hasn't been able to put together any tapes, so my dad put together a highlight tape. A lot of schools have come by our school to talk about us."
Brandon and Byron have spoken on the phone with only two programs so far but expect to hear from more as the month goes on. They have made several unofficial visits this spring, including trips to several SEC programs including Alabama and have also taken a visit to N.C. State.
"I've talked to Georgia and North Carolina State," Brandon said. "I made an unofficial visit to North Carolina State a few months ago. I actually gave them the highlight tape yesterday. North Carolina and Syracuse said they will call later this month. Alabama's been talking to us too. We got to meet coach Shula when we went there. Coach Cheese, who is the wide receivers coach, said he would stop by this month."
Brandon, who is being recruited primarily as a wide receiver, played most of his junior season and played pretty well (racked up over 400 yards receiving). Byron, however, missed a large portion of his junior season. He and his father have requested sophomore season film from his previous school and, once they receive that, will send out his video to many programs.
"My father's still putting that together and hopefully we can send that out in the next week or so," Byron Clear said. "My dad's a hard worker so I just appreciate him doing this for me. Hopefully some offers will start rolling off of that."
Byron says he is learning the Sam linebacker position right now. He has played defensive end and tight end in previous years and says his versatility is a big reason why schools are interested.
"I'm actually able to play three positions," Byron said. "I'm learning the linebacker position and I'm really interested in playing that…the same linebacker position. I've played d-end and tight end. I'm versatile as possible and coaches really like that. I just try to present myself in that sense."
Both Brandon and Byron are very much looking forward to their senior seasons and putting their talents on display.
"I feel like my senior campaign will raise my stock," Brandon said. "A lot of schools hadn't heard of me until we got on the market in San Antonio. I feel like I had a pretty good year last year, but our team wasn't that great. I can't ever feel like I had a great year if our team doesn't win. Hopefully we can change that this year."
Each player was asked which programs they would like to see offer.
"I want Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina State to offer," Brandon said. "And North Carolina wants us to come up to their camp. I want Ohio State and Tennessee to talk to me, too. I'm really open to any school right now. I don't really have any specifics."
"Any with an offer, but I'm kind of interested in some of the northern programs because of the Broadcast Journalism major," Byron said. "Down south, there are a couple of schools that could present that opportunity as well. But, at this point, I would be blessed to get an offer from any school. And down the road I could definitely change my mind in terms of the field I want to go in, so anything's possible. I'm just open to anything right now."
As for Virginia and Virginia Tech, it appears only one of these programs is showing significant interest right now.
"I haven't really gotten anything from Virginia, but Virginia Tech has been sending me a whole lot of stuff and the coach actually came up to evaluate us and get some tape," Brandon said.
This summer, the Clears may attend several one-day camps. Virginia Tech coach Jim Cavanaugh told them they would not have to attend the camp in Blacksburg because they did so well at the Scout.com combine. At the combine, Brandon posted a 4.56 time in the 40 while Byron posted a 4.57 and both posted 36-inch vertical leaps. Both are participating in track and field and have qualified for regionals in the triple jump. Both are working hard in the weight room and in the classroom (Brandon was nominated for the National Honor's Society while Byron carries a 3.6 GPA) as well.
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