Clements Commits To The Gamecocks

Barron Collier (Naples, FL) 3-star wide receiver Matt Clements visited South Carolina officially this past weekend, and after talking things over with his parents, he decided to end the recruiting process and commit to the Gamecocks on Monday evening. Clements chose the Gamecocks over offers from Auburn, Ohio State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Iowa State.



Clements called his recruiter, Coach Robert Gillespie, and told him the good news that he had decided to commit to South Carolina just a few minutes ago.

"I called Coach (Robert) Gillespie, because he told me to call him when I got back to make sure everything went well and everything was ok. He said he was going to give me some time to think about it, but I sat down and talked with my parents and thought about it. I told them how I felt about being up there this past weekend, and I told them that I feel like it's a great fit for me. I told them I wanted to go ahead and commit and be a Gamecock."

The 6'2, 180 pound speedster talked about why he decided to go ahead and commit to the Gamecocks.

"I just thought about all the factors and everything that I saw up there. The fans, the team, and the game day atmosphere, and just how comfortable I felt. I just felt really good, and I decided this is a place that I could see myself playing football at. I just went ahead and told the coaches that I commit."

Clements, who has been consistently timed running a sub 4.4 second forty yard dash, said his parents are completely behind his decision.

"Yes, definitely. I told them what I thought, and they expressed their thoughts with me, and all of us are all on the same page. That's another thing that helped me with my decision, having my parents behind me 100%. They both feel like playing at South Carolina is the best fit for me and the best thing for me for my future. They're happy with my decision, and they support me 100%."

The premier Sunshine State athlete says that he is willing to work hard for early playing time in the Gamecock offense next season.

"Basically if I can go out there and get it done and go in there during the summer and learn the plays and show that I'm a good athlete and work on my skills, I could go up there and play as a freshman. As long as I know what I'm doing and as long as I'm working hard, they're going to give me the opportunity to go in there and play right away."

Clements recently stated that even if he committed, he may still want to take a few other visits, but after committing to the Gamecocks, he now says that may not be the case.

"It's possible, but honestly at this point, I don't see any reason to take any other visits, because I feel like South Carolina is going to be my home for the next few years. It's still possible that I might take just one more visit, but I feel like this is my decision, and it's going to be my final decision. If I don't take any more visits, it's just because I feel like South Carolina is the place for me."

Lastly, Clements wanted to pass on a message to all of the Gamecock fans, and let them know that he is coming to South Carolina with Championship aspirations in mind.

"I just want to let them know that I'm ready to come in and work hard and be a part of the team and win an SEC Championship. I don't want anything less, so hopefully we can pull it off and have all the guys work hard. I'm going to be a part of that team working hard and just getting ready to play and win some games next year and hopefully win championships. That's my intentions for going in there and playing."

Clements becomes the Gamecocks ninth commitment of the 2007 recruiting class.


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