UCLA Pursues Alabama Twins

UCLA is recruiting 6-6, twin brothers from Hoover, Ala., wide receiver Brandon Clear and defensive end Byron. The two talked to us about their recruitment, their planned official visits, playing together in college, and a time frame for their decisions...

UCLA has not been a stranger to twins over the years. They signed the Webb brothers, Josh and Micah, back in 1996 and then the memorable Ball brothers, Mat and Dave in 1999. Two years ago, UCLA signed the Bosworth twins, Kyle and Korey.

Now the Bruins are making a pitch to another set of twins, the Clear brothers from Hoover (Ala.).

Brandon Clear, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound receiver, is the more touted of the two but Byron Clear, 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, is getting just as much attention from college recruiters.

UCLA offered both of them last week.

"I picked up an offer from UCLA on Wednesday," said Brandon. "Our coach had told them we had some players in Alabama at Hoover, so we got to meet Coach Mac (D.J. McCarthy) and ever since then, UCLA has recruited us."

The Clears will be officially visiting UCLA on January 12th, picking that weekend to visit because Brandon will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game the week before.

"We scheduled all of them for the month of January. I'm going to UCLA on the 12th, right after the All-American game, Syracuse on the 19th, Northwestern on the 23rd and Illinois on the 26th," said Brandon. "I'm leaving one of the trips open until after the All-American game."

Brandon has 14 scholarship offers to his credit and said he doesn't have a leader, but the four schools he has scheduled to visit, plus a potential fifth school he could visit, are the ones he's focusing on.

"At this point I'm wide open," said Brandon. "Those schools that I've looked at closely are those ones I'm taking official visits to. Location doesn't really matter to me. To me, what makes me feel comfortable is the place that is best for me. At this point, I'm checking out all of the options."

Would Brandon like to play with Byron in college? "Whatever the best situation for us is, if that means my brother and I stayed together, if that is the best situation for us, than that would be great," said Brandon.

Brandon leaves at the end of the week for San Antonio, where he will play receiver for the East. "I'm really excited because it's the top competition in the nation and I feel like I will be able to compete with them," said Brandon.

Like his brother, Byron also received an offer from the Bruins last week.

"They offered a couple of days ago," said Byron. "We've actually been out to California when we took a trip to Stanford. The lives were good, the weather was good. UCLA is a strong school academically as well as athletically. We are attracted to the school, and it was really good to hear that the academics are good because that even makes it higher on our list. All the schools we are looking at are strong athletically and academically."

Both Byron and Brandon are National Honor Society members.

Byron is planning to take all four of the scheduled visits with Brandon, and he will take his fifth trip to Clemson in late January or early February.

"I have my top five schools, and these are the schools that we're really interested in visiting and all of the schools are open game," said Byron.

With his 6-6, 225-pound frame, Clear said most schools are looking at him as a defensive end but with his 4.5 speed, some like him as an outside linebacker. "Northwestern wants me as an outside linebacker, either playing with my hand on the ground or standing up," said Clear. "I'm up to 225 now and I can probably carry more weight. Coming into the Hoover program, I gained 15 pounds so that just goes to show you that I'm capable of putting on weight. For me, 245 pounds is a goal, and I can only go up."

The tight-knit relationship between the brothers was never more evident than when Byron was invited to play in a different all-star game the same weekend Brandon would be playing in the U.S. Army Bowl. "I decided I wanted to see my brother play," said Byron. "It was really cool, to get to see that experience for him. I am so happy for him."

The Clears will begin to have their in-home visits in January, trying to fit them in around their official visits.

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