LOI #20: Clem Johnson

Carlisle (Pa.) Valley Forge Military College safety Clem Johnson has signed with NC State!

S Clem Johnson
6-0, 190 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40
Carlisle (Pa.) Valley Forge Military College

Prospect ranking:
Considered a two-star prospect by Scout.com; listed as the No. 43 prep player in the land by JCGridiron.com.

Accomplishments: Starting all but three games, led Valley Forge to a 15-3 mark and back-to-back Seaboard Conference championships in his two years as the first-string quarterback; earned first-team all-conference recognition as a sophomore, playing the final three games of the campaign at defensive back and kick returner—running back the first kickoff he got for a touchdown; named the Seaboard Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-league pick as a freshman; threw for 1,500 yards and ran for 700 more as a senior at Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Pa.; earned second-team all-state distinction and paced Carlisle to the District 3 championship game as a senior; selected to the Big 33 All-Star Game as a senior, playing free safety; tossed for 1,382 yards as a junior at Carlisle, picking up first-team All-Mid Penn Conference accolades.

The Recruiting Scene: Johnson received the most recruiting attention from Connecticut, James Madison and Hofstra as a senior at Carlisle (Pa.) High School, but also heard from Penn State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kent State Ohio and Boston College, where NC State coach Tom O'Brien was coaching at the time. Most schools were recruiting Johnson as a wideout out of high school, but academics led him to Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Pa., where he remained a signal-caller. He gave a verbal commitment to Temple in the summer of 2007, intent on enrolling in January 2008 and playing either safety or tailback for the school. At the time, he picked the Owls over an offer from Rhode Island and heavy interest from West Virginia and Pitt.

Following his commitment to Temple, offers came in from West Virginia, Arkansas, Akron and Central Michigan, and Johnson began to consider other options. Georgia Tech eventually came calling, giving Johnson the opportunity to remain at quarterback in their new option-based attack.

However, after an official visit to NC State, Johnson saw a chance at early playing time at safety, and after pledging to the Wolfpack, he cancelled a scheduled visit to West Virginia. He'll have three years to play two in the Red and White.

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