Pennsylvania Standout Attends OSU Spring Game

New Kensington (Pa.) Valley wide receiver standout Toney Clemons was in attendance for Saturday's Scarlet and Gray Game. Clemons said he was impressed by the turnout of 63,000 people for the game. Clemons, who was MVP of the Scout combine at Pitt, discussed his time at OSU as well as where things stand with his offers, his track season and his summer camp plans.

New Kensington (Pa.) Valley wide receiver Toney Clemons was in attendance for Saturday's Scarlet and Gray Game at Ohio Stadium.

The 6-3, 185-pound Clemons, who was the MVP of the Scout.com combine at Pittsburgh, made the four-hour trip to Columbus for Saturday's game and he came away impressed.

"It was overwhelming," Clemons said. "It is a beautiful stadium and a great atmosphere. You could just feel the energy when you walked inside the place. I liked everything about it. It was a good vibe all around.

"We got there late. We came in during the middle of the second quarter, but we still enjoyed it."

Because of his late arrival, Clemons did not get much of a chance to spend time with the coaching staff.

"They were kind of busy," he said. "They came in and talked to us a little bit after the game. They had to get to a picnic with the players and their families after the game."

With over 63,000 people on hand, Clemons said he could tell he was at a special place.

"It was wild," he said. "The fan base there is crazy. It is a whole another world. I knew it was crazy when I saw the stadium off the highway and there were people in the upper deck."

Clemons had 39 receptions for 666 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior for Valley. His numbers at the Combine were also solid. Clemons covered the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, the 20-yard shuttle run in 4.69 and the three-cone shuttle in 6.99. His vertical leap was 34.5 inches, and his standing broad jump 9 feet, 5 inches.

"Getting off the line is probably my biggest feature," he said. "Then, I think I run good routes and I have good concentration."

Clemons has offers from Akron, UConn, Ole Miss and Pitt.

"There are some other ones that seem close to offering," he said. "I am also hearing a lot from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Clemson, UCLA, Cal and Stanford. It's pretty much everybody but USC and Texas.

"I want to go out to Iowa for camp and down to Ole Miss. I don't know how O-State and Michigan will fit into my schedule. I have a real busy spring with track."

Clemons has run as low as 10.9 seconds in the 100 meters, but he thinks he can do better.

"I am mostly a hurdler and long jumper," he said. "I also run the 100 just to see where I'm at, but I have not run a 100 fresh in a meet yet. It is always right after the hurdles. So I run the hurdles and come over and run the 100. I think if I'm able to run it fresh I can do better than (10.9)."

As for Ohio State, Clemons is definitely still interested.

"I think I could fit into their offense," he said. "They have some great schemes. I feel if they offer, it would be a good opportunity for me.

"They said they would keep in touch. They have been sending some mail. Now that spring ball is over, they may have a chance to come out and see me."

Clemons holds a 2.9 GPA and he took the SAT earlier this month.

Here are some links for more on Clemons:

Video Interview From The Pitt Combine

Action Video From Pitt Combine

Action Video From Junior, Sophomore Years

Observations On Clemons (from GBW.com)

Clemons Selected As Combine MVP


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