Clemons on Visit: "It put Rutgers higher"

Delaware Valley High (Milford, Pa.) offensive/defensive lineman Brandon Clemons made an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Thursday, and it was a long and fact-filled day. Clemons arrived in the morning and didn't leave until the sun went down. He also had a lengthy meeting with coach Greg Schiano, and then talked about his visit, and where Rutgers stands in his recruitment.

Delaware Valley High (Milford, Pa.) lineman Brandon Clemons made two previous trips to Rutgers, but none were like Thursday's unofficial visit.

The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Clemons, who plays offensive and defensive line, had a chance to watch practice, eat lunch with a few players and then met with coach Greg Schiano for an hour.

"I sat around and talked about academics, went and talked to the dean (Carl Kirschner), showed me around the facility,'' said Clemons, who holds more than a half-dozen offers, including one from Rutgers. "I talked to coach Schiano for about an hour, walked around the practice and talked to some of the players. It was pretty good. I enjoyed it.''

Clemons' two previous visits to Rutgers were to see the Scarlet Knights play, but this visit was much more complex. It began at 10 a.m. and concluded 10 hours later when the talk with Schiano came to an end.

"I didn't know that they were going to be No. 1 in the APR (Academic Progress Report) program. All the stuff was great stuff,'' said Clemons, who offered insight into his meeting with Schiano. "We talked about his philosophy on things, how he is as a person, what he expects out of his players and his program, and where (the program) came from to where it is now, and his futures goals, and my goals.''

Clemons also met with recruiting coach Bob Fraser, offensive line coach Kyle Flood and defensive line coach Randy Melvin.

The trip was his last of a busy spring in which he also went to Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College and Syracuse.

"From all these schools and all the visits I went on, it's a lot to digest,'' Clemons said. "But it put Rutgers higher than I had it. I had Rutgers high, but it's higher. It pretty much confirmed a lot of things. I heard a bunch of things, but this confirmed it.''

Before making the grand tour of the mid-Atlantic and northeast, Clemons was the most familiar with Pittsburgh, so he listed the Panthers atop his list.

But after meeting so many other coaches and spending time on various campuses and watching practices, is that still the case?

"They're up there, but I've been to a lot of great schools,'' Clemons said. "There are a lot of schools up there with them.''

Clemons headed home after the Rutgers visit to begin sorting things out, and to relax after a hectic month. But there will also be plenty of work over the next month or two as he begins trimming his list.

"I'm going to take a little break, and then over the summer I'm going to make my way up to Michigan, and I think that's going to be it,'' Clemons said. "I'm going to have an idea over (of a final few) over the summer, and then take some official visits to confirm everything and then make a decision.''

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