The commits keep rolling in for Chad Morris’s squad after the first of three big official visit weekends before National Signing Day. After Keaton Bates and Matt McNew pledged to SMU, Katy (Texas) Taylor defensive back Rodney Clemons gave his commitment to the Mustangs after his official visit.
“First we went around the stadium, the coaches showed us the stadium,” Clemons said. “Then we met some professors and went around the campus and toured it. Then we went into the locker room. Overall it was a really nice experience.”
The visit culminated with a three-course dinner at Ocean Prime in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood. Clemons said that academics were the most important part in his decision. He plans to study sports management and pre-med.
“I’m just happy I have a place to be and a place to play, a place to learn and get an education,” Clemons said.
SMU linebackers coach Archie McDaniel was responsible for recruiting Clemons, and he also recruited him when he coached at New Mexico, so the two have formed a good relationship. But Clemons likes the entire coaching staff and thinks they will be great mentors for him.
“Besides being coaches, they’re really good men who I’ll like being around for the next few years of my life,” Clemons said.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Clemons described himself as an athlete who thinks he can play every position on the field, and he played offense (mainly wide receiver) and defense in high school.
“I just see the field better on defense because I know what the offense is doing from previously being an offensive player,” Clemons said.
But now that he’ll make his home in the secondary, Clemons promised one thing: interceptions.
“If they throw the ball toward me, I’m most likely going to come down with it,” he said.
Maryland and New Mexico also offered Clemons, but he is shutting down his recruitment now that he is committed. He previously planned an official visit to Maryland for the weekend of Jan. 23 and New Mexico on for Jan. 30, but said he will not take those.
Clemons finished his senior season with 83 solo tackles, five interceptions and six pass break-ups. He was named first-team all-district and second-team all-state.