Clear Talks About UCLA Visit

The 6-5, 215-pound receiver prospect from Hoover, Ala., is having a very eventful month of January, playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, "acting" on MTV, and starting to take his official visits, the first one being this last weekend to UCLA...

This January, Brandon Clear, the 6-5, 210-pound receiver from Hoover, Ala., is going through one of the busiest and most eventful months of his life. He began the month by playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he'll end it by making his "acting" debut on MTV, and in the middle he took his official visit to UCLA.

It was Clear's first official visit and, despite some difficulty getting out of Los Angeles, the weekend worked out better than he had imagined.

"It was a great trip and a real good experience," said Clear, who took the trip with his twin brother, Byron Clear, the 6-6, 225-pound defensive end prospect that UCLA has also offered a scholarship. "(UCLA wide receiver) Marcus Everett was my host and he's a great guy. He showed me around and was real informative."

D.J. McCarthy has been recruiting Clear so he spent an adequate amount of time with the receivers coach "Coach Mac has been the one recruiting me and since he's the receivers coach, we talked a lot," said Clear.

Yet it was his time talking with head coach Karl Dorrell that let him realize how much they had in common. "Coach Dorrell is a great guy," said Clear. "He was telling us about the program and how things are turning around. His father was in the Navy, he made sure to let me know that. We've been in similar situations with our fathers being in the military and he is someone who I can definitely relate to."

Dorrell and McCarthy talked plenty of football with Clear, who runs a 4.5 forty and can move for his size. "They said it's all up to me on how training camp goes if I play right away," said Clear. "It's all on me."

It was Clear's first time in Westwood, and he was awed by what he saw. "Man, the campus was beautiful," said Clear. "We were taken around to the dorms and they showed us around the student body. It was a great place. We talked to academic advisors, and got to meet Coach K (Ed Kezerian). He is a great guy and let us know all about the school, too."

Clear said he would be taking his remaining four visits, but did say that there was a slight chance he could make a decision before those were complete. "I say that I want to take all of my trips, but anything could happen," said Clear.

This upcoming weekend, he will head to New York, weather permitting. "Our next visit is to Syracuse, but with the weather, we'll see how it works out," said Clear, who had to stay an extra night in Los Angeles because their flight to Dallas was cancelled because of bad weather.

Illinois and Northwestern are also going to receive official visits from Clear but he has yet to decide on the fifth and final visit. "I haven't figured that out yet. I've been keeping in contact with Clemson, and I recently added Purdue as an offer so that could happen too," said Clear.

Clear was selected to the East squad for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an experience he cherished.

"That was a great experience," said Clear. "I didn't get the playing time I wanted, but during the week, I had the experience I wanted. The Army did a great job hosting the event and no one could have done a better job than them. It was a great honor to be selected."

And despite the recruiting process continuing, Clear is clearly looking forward to January 30th, when the second season of "Two-A-Days," a show chronicling the Hoover football program, returns to MTV.

"I'm looking forward to that coming out," said Clear. "It starts on the 30th and it will be fun to watch. It was a great thing and a fun experience. They followed me around school, around practice and regular life. I was one of the main characters."


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