Toney Clemons talks about his future

Valley High School wide receiver Toney Clemons is already one of the most sought out recruits in the class of 2007. The New Kensington, PA playmaker is receiving serious attention from some of the most prestigious programs in the country. Panther Digest recently caught up with Clemons to see what he was up to this summer.

Toney Clemons might be one the highest profile wide receivers playing high school football in Pennsylvania. But regardless of all the attention he is receiving from the top programs in the land, he is most focused on his upcoming senior season.

"I'm not planning to go to any camps. I'm focusing on my team and getting ready for the year."

With all the interest Clemons is generating it's easy to see why he's afforded the luxury of not attending camps this summer. In fact, Clemons said that his coaches, his athletic director, and even some college coaches have told him he really doesn't need to attend any more camps because he's already shown enough of what he can do on the football field. Clemons was asked if he had a list of schools in which he was most interested.

"Currently I don't have any favorites…but I'm pretty much wide open. I'm not sure I'll have a favorite list until the season," Clemons said. "I'm going to see one school officially, and that's Colorado. They play Colorado State the second game of the season. I'm going with Devan Johnson, my good friend, and the date works for both of us."

Although Clemons is reluctant to set his favorites or any more officials at this time, he did discuss what he is looking for in a program. He is not very concerned about playing time or whether a program is consistently ranked in the top ten. More than anything, he wants to find a program and system that is the best fit for him.

"I see myself as a freshman learning the system," said Clemons. "I just want to learn. I don't want things handed to me; I want to earn it. I just want to compete."

Since he is one of the highest rated recruits from Western Pennsylvania, Clemons indicated that there are a lot of people pushing him to go to Pitt. Although many of his friends and teammates might be trying to influence his final decision, his family (mainly his two sisters who already attend Pitt and his high profile cousin, Michigan wide receiver, Steve Breaston) are not as concerned about where he ends up playing on Saturdays.

"They are leaving it open to me. They could care less. They say ‘wherever you go just carry on the good family name.'"

So what does Clemons himself think about the Panthers?

"Pitt is great. I have no negatives to say about Pitt. I like the team; I like the recruiting class they just brought in. I like Wannstedt as a person and have even more respect for him as a coach."

With his current focus mainly on his final season of football at Valley High School, Clemons reflected on what he wants to achieve this upcoming fall. Although he is more than capable of improving on his outstanding all conference junior season (43 catches for 666 yards and 13 touchdowns) that led to him being named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fab 22" team, he seems more intent on pursuing more team-oriented objectives.

"My main goal is to make everyone around me better, as an athlete and as a person as well."

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