Toney Clemons high on Pitt visit

University of Pittsburgh hosted 30 blue-chip recruits this weekend. One of the top players in attendance was blue-chip wide receiver recruit Toney Clemons (6-foot-3 inches, 185 pounds) from Valley Senior High School in New Kensington, PA. The PantherDigest.com talked with him about his weekend visit.

"I really enjoyed watching practice. It was good. It was faced paced, physical and well organized," stated Toney Clemons. "It was great to see how they run practice. I watched the wide receiver closely."

Toney led New Kensington to a 7-3 record last season. He finished with 43 catches for 667 yards and 13 touchdowns. Clemons was named to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette Fabulous 22 team.

"I know Dorin (Dickerson) and Elijah (Fields) will join the team soon. I still think I could go to Pitt and contribute early. Wherever I go, I want to play early and make an impact."

Scout.com ranks Clemons a "four-star" prospect. He was named the MVP of the Scout.com All-American Combine in Pittsburgh, PA. Toney posted strong numbers at the combine including a 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.

Toney is an amazing natural athlete with tremendous break away speed. He currently has written offers from Pitt, Mississippi, Connecticut and Akron.

"I would have to say that Pitt, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami (FL.) and Mississippi would be my top schools right now. I like Pitt a lot. They are my hometown school and the coaching staff is great. They do a good job of making you feel wanted and keeping in contact with you."

"There were a ton of recruits there. A lot of those players are real interested in Pitt. It looks like are going to put together another strong recruiting class."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I have great body control. That's important if you're a wide receiver. I have great speed that makes me a deep threat. I can separate from defenders and use my speed to make the big play."

"I'm not ready to make a decision, but the Panthers are going to be one of my top choices."

The Panthers have offered a number of blue-chip wide receiver prospects. Pitt appears to be in good standing with Clemons, Nick Sukay (6-foot-2 inches, 190 pounds) from Greensburg Central Catholic High School (Greensburg, PA) and Maurice Williams (6-foot-3 inches, 190 pounds) from Strong Vincent High School in Erie, PA.

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.


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