Clemons, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound two-way lineman from Delaware Valley (Milford, Pa.), is getting close to cutting his list, and after a summer of visits still has the Scarlet Knights on his mind.
"I spoke to coach Schiano (Sunday)," Clemons said. "I called him. I just wanted to talk to them."
Clemons is being recruited by the Scarlet Knights to play defensive line and is the 38th-rated defensive tackle in the 2011 class by Scout.com. He holds a bunch of offers, including ones from Rutgers, South Carolina, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. He is close to trimming his list, but isn't ready to divulge when that will be.
However, there are a number of reasons he likes Rutgers.
"It's close, and that definitely helps," Clemons said. "I had a good time when I went down there for a practice. Coach Schiano told me he'll be in touch."
Clemons has stayed away from naming favorites and talking about which schools will make his cut-down list. That is something that should happen shortly after he returns from his vacation.
"Right now it's pretty open," he said. "I'm going to cut the list after I take all these visits. South Carolina may be the last visit I take, and then try to get the list down. I'm not sure, but I may not make a decision until after the season."
As for the Thursday trip to South Carolina, Clemons mentioned he talked to people who tell him how beautiful the Columbia campus is, but he doesn't know much more about the school.
"I'm going there with an open mind because they were the first SEC school to offer me," Clemons said. "It's kind of crazy. I don't know what to expect."
Schools are mixed where they want Clemons to play, and he doesn't mind.
"Some are still recruiting me for both, and some are just for defense," he said. "I just want to play."