Clemons enjoys visit to PITT

The University of Pittsburgh has offered a number of quality wide receiver recruits. Blue-chip wide receiver recruit Toney Clemons (6-foot-3 inches, 185 pounds) from Valley Senior High School in New Kensington, PA may be the best. The recently spoke with him about his recent visit to PITT.

"My mother and I went down to Pitt over the weekend. The visit went really well," stated Toney Clemons. "I spent time with the coaching staff, watched film and went back over their facilities." ranks Clemons the 9th best wide receiver in the class of 2007. He led New Kensington to a 7-3 record last season. Toney finished with 43 catches for 667 yards and 13 touchdowns. Clemons was named to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette Fabulous 22 team.

"I sat down with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, Coach (Matt) Cavanaugh, Coach (Aubrey) Hill and Coach (Bob) Junko. We watched film together and they showed me the differences between a college offense and a high school offense. It was really cool."

Clemons recently won a pair of gold medals in the 110-meter hurdles and long jump at the PIAA track and field championships. He is capable of running a 4.5 forty-yard dash.

"Pitt told me they need a deep threat and they see me as a wide receiver that can stretch out the field."

"I think the best part of the visit was simply spending time with the coaching staff. I already knew Pitt had some incredible facilities. I feel like I'm growing closer and even more comfortable with them."

Clemons visited with his mother. When asked about her thoughts on the visit, he quickly stated, "Mom loved it. She really liked the academic portion of the trip. Coach Wannstedt made it a point to emphasize the academic half of going to Pitt. My mom felt that was key as well. You can't assume you're heading to the NFL. Your education is always important."

Did the visit help the Panthers? "Oh yes, it helped a lot," said Clemons. "I'm glad we made the visit to Pittsburgh this weekend. I learned more about Pitt and grew closer with the coaches."

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