Combine MVP Talks PSU

PITTSBURGH — Toney Clemons, a junior at Valley High in New Kensington, Pa., is being recruited as a receiver for his athleticism, speed and toughness. Those qualities secured him Most Valuable Player honors at the All-American Combine Saturday at the UPMC Sports Complex. Where do the Lions stand with the receiver?

Clemons edged out Nick Sukay from Greensburg Central Catholic for top honors at the event. Both players are being heavily recruited, and Penn State is among the interested suitors.

"I'm still open-minded right now, pretty much, so I'll just see what they all have to say,'' Clemons said. "I have more time to think about it, and I'll take as much time as I need before I make my decision.

"It's been a little overwhelming for me, so far, but it's been a lot of fun, too. And I think it's a good experience. I realize how important it is, now, and I'm getting into it. I think it would be great to play for Penn State.''

Along with the Nittany Lions, Clemons has been getting a lot of interest from Pitt, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Mississippi, Akron and Connecticut. He said that the Panthers, Ole Miss, Akron and UConn already offered him a scholarshipe. He hopes to hear from the Nittany Lions, Fighting Irish and Buckeyes soon before narrowing his choices.

"They're all talking about me playing wide receiver, but I do just about everything,'' the nearly 6-foot-3, 185-pound Clemons said. "I like offense, because you can change a game with a big play, and I like the intensity and physical play on defense.

"But I also return kicks and punts. I guess you can change a game in any way, offense, defense and special teams, and that's what I try to do. I had a pretty good season this past fall, and I'm going to work hard to have an even better senior season.''

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.

The skills Clemons displayed at the Combine also make him an excellent track and field athlete. While he hasn't taken an official visit to Penn State, he was there recently for an indoor meet.

"I was running up at Penn State last week at their indoor championships in track,'' Clemons said. "I was up there running and long-jumping. I did pretty well. I like running track. It keeps me in good shape.

"No one officially talked to me from Penn State, and I didn't make it up there [for a football game] this year because I was so busy. But I want to get up there for the spring game to see what it's like. I'm looking forward to it.''


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