Ricky Clemons: 2009 Prospct

The Notre Dame coaching staff has been evaluating juniors for some time and as of September 1, they are allowed to officially recruit their top 2009 prospects. Offensive lineman Ricky Clemons from Carman-Ainsworth High School (Flint, Mich.) appears to be a prospect that they have interest in.

Ricky Clemons (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) has been receiving recruiting literature from several top programs, but up until yesterday he hadn't heard much from Notre Dame.

"I've been getting stuff from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Florida," Clemons responded when asked which schools had been recruiting him. "I just got something from them [Wednesday]. I don't know that much about them now, but my older brother is a big Notre Dame fan, so he's been telling me about them.

"It's all pretty exciting. It's a blessing to be getting this attention, because I never expected all this. I just knew if I kept working hard that good things would happen."

Clemons grew up a Michigan State Spartan fan, but he spent the first college football weekend in Ann Arbor.

"I was at the Michigan- Appalachian State game last weekend," Clemons said. "I wanted to see what it was like in the ‘Big House'. They showed me around their campus and I liked a lot of what they showed me with their tutoring facilities. They stay on their athletes to their freshman year and they make sure that they get their degree.

"Penn State invited me to a game and Michigan State invited me to one of their games. I'd like to go see some other games, I just need to see how it fits into my schedule."

If a prospect is going to make it to the Division I level they do need to be dedicated to the game and they do need to work hard. Clemons feels his work ethic is one of his strengths.

"I know that I'm a very hard worker," Clemons explained. "On the practice field, I still make practice seem like its game speed. I'm a good person in class, but it's a whole different story when I'm on the field. I'm probably somebody you wouldn't like go up against.

"I have really good footwork. I have good speed, but I'm still trying to get faster. I have a good vertical, 27 inches. I make sure I keep my team fired up during the game and I make sure that I go hard on every play. I'm dedicated to being the best and doing great things on the field.

"I play right offensive tackle," Clemons said. "I like playing offensive line. Some people like playing defense, so that they can go after the ball and get the glory, but it's really all about the offensive line, because we have to put the points on the board.

"If one of my teammates is down during the game, I try to make sure he keeps his head up and that he's still is out there trying to give his best. [I want my opponent] to know that I put all the effort into that game and I that I made him work throughout the whole game."

Clemons reports a 2.8 g.p.a. and he is currently preparing to take the SAT.

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