Clements rates Pitt visit a "10"

The University of Pittsburgh continues to pursue some of the top talent in the state of Florida. Wide Receivers Coach Aubrey Hill has targeted Matt Clements, an outstanding wide receiver from Naples, FL. Clements visited Pitt over the weekend. Read on for his comments on his trip.

"I really loved the visit to Pittsburgh. Before I left for the airport, Coach (Aubrey) Hill asked me how I would rate the trip and I told him a perfect ‘10'", stated blue-chip wide receiver Matt Clements (6-foot-2 inches, 185 pounds) from Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL.

"I had a game on Friday so I didn't arrive until noon on Saturday. We did so much my head was spinning. They told me I was fitting three days worth of stuff into a day and a half."

Clements is capable of running a forty-yard dash in 4.35 seconds. He's capable of bench pressing 270 pounds and squatting 420 pounds. The Panthers are heavily pursing his teammate Greg Williams (6-foot-2 inches, 210 pounds). Williams, a stellar running back, currently holds 10 scholarship offers.

"My host was Cedric McGee. I was able to tour everything. I saw all of their facilities and their campus. I really liked everything. Pittsburgh is very nice. It's smaller than what I thought and the city is beautiful." ranks Clements a "three-star" recruit. In 10 games, he caught 50 receptions for 726 yards and scored 6 touchdowns as a junior. Matt is considered an accomplished track athlete as well.

"I really wanted to see how the team prepared for their game and interacted with the staff. They let me sit in on some of the meetings and ride the bus down with the team. I felt like part of the team and it was great," he said.

"I really like the Panthers' offense. It reminds me of the offense that we run. They have a solid split between the run and the pass. Coach Hill told me they want to throw the deep ball four to five times a game. I can see myself filling the deep threat role for Pitt."

Clements was mesmerized with the aerial assault put on display Saturday night. Tyler Palko and his receiving corps torched the Virginia secondary for a number of big plays. Clements was highly impressed with what he witnessed. "As a wide receiver, you want to make sure they will throw the ball. I saw that plus a lot more," he said. "They threw the deep ball plus they let the wide receiver get creative. They would hit them for with a quick 5 to 10 yard pass and they them improvise. I thought that was great."

Clements plans on taking two additional visits. He will visit South Carolina on September 16th and he hopes to set a visit with Ohio State soon.

When asked if the Panthers status was elevated after the visit, Matt was quick to reply, "I have more visit to take, but it's going to very hard to say no to Pittsburgh. I loved it there and I loved the visit. I can easily see myself playing there. The visit was well beyond my expectations."

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