Ben Clemons Profile

BlueGoldNews.com caught up with Williamson (AL) High School coach Bobby Parrish to talk about WVU verbal commitment Ben Clemons.

"He played defensive end for us, but he'll probably be an outside linebacker in college," said Parrish of his star defender. "I think he can be a dominant player once he gets into the weight program up there."

Clemons (6-3, 220, 4.6) may have been overlooked in the recruting process somewhat after breaking his hand in the second game of his senior season. The injury required the insertion of several pins in his hand.

"That injury really hurt us as a team," Parrish noted. "Ben was a three year starter for us, and we really relied on him on defense."

Clemons' main strength is in rushing the passer, so he could be slotted into an edge rushing position to start out. Parrish expects that he will redshirt his first year at WVU, but figures that will help him get acclimated to a new position while building on his strenghts.

"He's really quick for his size. His pass rush is his best point, but he did well when teams tried to run at him. He played off blocks pretty well and uses his hands well too."

Clemons' size and quickness figure to give WVU a couple of options in positioning, but he figures to play on the defensive side of the ball. Clemons did not play offense for Williamson due to his value as a defender.

Clemons received some interest from LSU and Auburn, and was offered by Alabama A&M.


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