He also stayed in touch with recruiting, and got quite a shock to learn Notre Dame extended an offer.
"It came right out of the blue," he said. "I never would have thought I was on their radar. My coach told my mom, and she gave the message to me. It was actually mind-blowing. I was like, ‘What? Notre Dame?' It's a real prestigious school and I was like, ‘Oh, what? They're looking at me?' I was just very thankful that they offered me."
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Clement will get a chance to learn more about the Irish next week as recruiting coach Bob Diaco, the defensive coordinator, is slated to stop by.
"They are supposed to be at the school on Tuesday," Clement said. "It's actually great they're stepping foot in our school."
Clemente's offer total isn't gaudy, but he has an impressive collection that includes Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, and he is also hearing from Miami, Alabama and Penn State.
The interest comes after Clement's stellar junior season in which he rushed 249 times for 2,510 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also made 48 tackles and had an interception on defense, where he played as a defensive end in the state title game and constantly used his speed off the edge to get in the backfield.
Clement's knowledge of Notre Dame is basic, but it is positive.
"It's a very good school if you want a great future after graduating from Notre Dame," he said. "It presents a great job opportunity once you tell someone where you graduated from. Notre Dame is a very good academic school as well.
"When they're on t.v. I watch. Whenever a good Division I team is on television, so there are no favorites there."
Clement hasn't planned a visit to Notre Dame yet, but one could happen in the summer. After returning home from Spain on Thursday, Clement is readying for a track meet Saturday and has the rest of his track season to consider while also trying planning his schedule.
At this point, his plan is to make official visits and decide on a school afterward. However, he left the door open for an early decision.
"Over the summer I might actually think about it and plan a few things, and maybe do something before the first game of the season of my senior year," he said.