State Champion QB Headed to Rutgers

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood received a weekend verbal commitment from Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Jack Clements, who discusses his return to New Jersey as a Big Ten preferred walk-on.

For Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep 2015 quarterback Jack Clements, Rutgers means home. So a verbal commitment as a preferred walk-on last week was a welcome moment for the newest incoming member of the program.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Clements led his team to a PIAA Class AAAA title in his only year as a starting quarterback. The next step will be at Rutgers this summer when he joins the quarterback room.

“Growing up as a kid, I always loved Rutgers,” he said. “It’s my state school with me being a New Jersey kid. I’ve always had Rutgers posters in my room. My dad graduated from there. It’s always been a theme in my household.”

Clements played as a senior across the Delaware River in Philadelphia as a resident of Moorestown, N.J.

“It’s going to be great playing back home and showing my state what I have,” Clements said. “… Watching their offense, I know I fit pretty well. I can throw the ball down the field, and I like to work the outs. From what I saw at their scrimmage, their pass patterns fit what I threw last year.”

Clements visited Rutgers for Saturday’s second spring scrimmage, where he watched Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano battle for the 2015 job.

“They seem like the guys there now, they’re very comfortable with them, but obviously I have confidence in myself,” Clements said. “I want to take a shot at them, but it will be cool just to stick my name in there and see how I do. I love that competition factor to push me and use my skillset to push them.”

Clements played on the same high school squad as Scout four-star cornerback John Reid, meaning that Rutgers vs. Penn State is already marked on the calendar.

“I can’t wait to play against him,” Clements said. “We always go at it at practice to make each other better. To see each other in different uniforms, it’s going to be a different feeling. It’s going to be great going head-to-head with him.”

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