Clemons drawing interest from OSU

<b>WHEN CONSIDERING THE quarterback position, many look to the bio page for the height and weight. Oh, and if he could throw it 65 yards on a string that would be nice, too. But just as important as any measurable is the bottom line -- the W. Chandler Clemons, out of El Dorado Hills near Sacramento, has all the intangibles -- and the victories to show for it, says his coach. He's drawing plenty of interest, including that of Oregon State.

Oak Ridge High coach Chris Jones has been fielding inquiries from east to west on Clemons this recruiting season. UCLA is currently Clemons' leader, albeit a slight one. Cal, BYU, Washington and Stanford are all in the mix along with an offer from Sacramento State.

The 6-1, 185-pound quarterback is hearing from the likes of Oregon State, Louisville, Florida and Ole Miss as well. All schools are even at this stage, with Clemons preferring to come to a decision before his senior season, but fully prepared to wait out the process.

"I'm looking for a good school academically, a school with a winning tradition and one that really wants to win," said Clemons.

Distance is not a factor for the player Jones says is a field general in every sense, one who just..makes..plays -- often doing so on the run. At the next level, Clemons would like to study under a position coach who can help him improve his strengths.

"I would like to play for a a guy that would use my talents rather than try to make me a quarterback that I'm not. I'm not the tallest guy in the world, so I'd like to move around in the pocket and make plays that way."

IF HE DOESN'T have that "ideal" height, he certainly has the other numbers. Clemons threw for nearly 3000 yards as a junior while completing over 60 percent of his passes --- 2905 yards, 41 TDs, 10 INTs and 63 percent completion percentage in 2004.

"He has a good combination of being able to drop back and throw, but also a good combination of being able to make plays with his feet," said Jones.

In the two years he's been the starter at Oak Ridge, Clemons has tossed for over 5,400 yards with 75 TDs and 16 INTs. Oak Ridge's win-loss record during that time is 23-3.

"He understands what we're trying to do on the field and he has a great knack and feel for the game," said Jones.

Among his honors and accolades, Clemons was named the offensive MVP of his league and Sacramento area in 2004.

CLEMONS HAS GROWN up around the game, with a strong family background on the gridiron. His father played college ball, his grandfather coached at Sacramento State, an uncle played and coached at the collegiate level and a cousin is currently plying his wares in the Arena League.

Jones said Clemons has the work ethic to become the latest family member to make some noise at the collegiate level, calling him the hardest working guy on the Oak Ridge team. Jones said if you were looking for Clemons, the first two places you'd check would be the gym and out on the practice field.

He said he's also the guy he wants to have the ball when the game is on the line with time for only one more play. And that's regardless of whether the ball is on the 15 or 50 yard line.

"He's a winner," said Jones. "And I don't think he gets enough credit for having a strong arm."

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