Clear Makes His Choice

One area in Texas A&M's dynamic offense that saw little production in 2012 was the tight end position. The Texas A&M staff hopes to change that in 2013 with the addition of the top mid-term JUCO tight end in the nation. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop talked to A&M's latest verbal commitment.

The top mid-term JUCO tight end decided that it was time to end his recruiting process on Tuesday after taking recent visits to Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Former Tennessee Volunteer and current Arizona Western tight end Cameron Clear made it official when his welcomed Texas A&M head coach Coach Sumlin on a visit to his school.

"Before he could say anything to me, I told him I wanted to play for him," Clear said. "He was pretty cool about it, but he was pretty excited to hear the news."

After the 6-foot-6, 265-pound athlete left Norman on Sunday for his trip back to Arizona Western, he had a four hour layover in the Phoenix airport. As he waited in the airport and thought about where he wanted to go, he felt most comfortable with Texas A&M. He called his dad about what he was thinking, and his dad thought it was a great decision and told him they would support his choice.

So what was the deciding factor that pushed A&M over OU?

"I just felt closer with the A&M staff," Clear said. "We built a close relationship very quickly and that was important. Being in the SEC was also a factor. I felt I left Tennessee with unfinished business and I want to prove everybody in the SEC that I'm a player."

Previously, Cameron said his comfort level and relationship with the coaching staffs would be a very important factor after his issues at Tennessee that led to his transfer. He felt his lack of relationship with the Dooley staff was a contributing factor to leaving the school. Thus, building a close relationship with each coaching staff during the recruiting process was important, something that tipped the scales in Texas A&M's favor.

"Coach Sumlin and Coach Polian took a personal interest in me. That was big," Clear said. "Then on the visit they laid it all out and I felt comfortable with how they do things. I need a staff that stays engaged with me both in football and on a personal level. I thought the A&M coaches did that."

He'll have three years to play two, but made it perfectly clear that the plan is to contribute immediately. He can't wait to get to work with strength and conditioning coach, Larry Jackson.

"He's done a great job with the team and I had a good conversation with him about my development," Clear said. "He'll get me ready for spring practice. I have only two years, so I need to hit the ground running."

Coach Sumlin and the staff talked to him about his role in the offense.

"He wants me to be a versatile tight end," Clear said. "He wants me to improve the running game with my blocking, and he wants me to use my athleticism to stretch the field."

He will sign on JUCO signing day on December 17 and will be in College Station for the first day of class in mid-January.

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