Wisconsin Makes its Pitch

Taking his third official visit since announcing he was a soft verbal commitment to Pittsburgh, four-star senior tailback Corey Clement heads home from Wisconsin.

MADISON - Although Corey Clement has been committed to Pittsburgh since the middle of June, college coaches have stayed in contact with the four-star running back from Glassboro (NJ) High School.

With Clement still talking with different coaches and listening to what the different colleges have to offer, the 26th-best tailback in the country according to Scout.com has made it a point this fall to experience more schools and more to make sure he made the right decision.

"I want to see what else is out there," Clement told Badger Nation, who officially de-committed from Pitt Sunday. "The only school I visited was Pittsburgh. The reason I want to take the visits is to make sure I made the right decision and to see what other schools have to offer."

Having already visited Nebraska and Notre Dame, Clement and his uncle spent the weekend on Wisconsin's campus, watching the Badgers' running attack rush for 337 yards in a 38-13 victory over Minnesota.

"I enjoyed it," said Clement. "Coach Hammock is hoping I go to Wisconsin, be the next Montee Ball and run behind the best lineman. He's been saying if I don't come there, I'm just cutting myself short. With Wisconsin only taking one back a year, I'd be able to come in and compete."

Originally choosing Pittsburgh over Iowa, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others, Clement said he notified head coach Paul Chryst and his coaching staff that he wanted to explore his other options.

"The Pittsburgh coaching staff told me that they can't prevent me from taking any visits but they do respect my decision cause they want me to be comfortable with my decision," Clement said.

Even when Clement committed to Pittsburgh, the Badgers coaching staff – particularly running back coach Thomas Hammock - chose to stay in contact and still pursue Clement.

"Me and coach Hammock have been in contact through Twitter, Facebook, or talking on the phone" Clement said. "If there's a type of way to communicate, we are using it. We have a strong connection. He knows what I want and what kind of player I am. He tells me that he knows where I need to come play and that's Wisconsin.

"Coach Hammock also talks to me about how great the academics are and we talk about the football program at Wisconsin, but coach Hammock also wants to know how I'm doing in school. He wants to know what my GPA is and what my SAT score is but it's not always about school or football, which is nice cause he knows I have other interests then playing football."

After rushing for over 2,500 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior, Clement broke the South Jersey career rushing record Friday. Running for 226 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over Highland, Clement has pushed his career total to 5,390 yards.

"I want to three-peat as state champs in New Jersey and I'm confident that I can rush for 3,000 yards this coming season," Clement said. "I know it's a lot of yards but the kind of production I had last year I think I can get there. So this summer I've been building my endurance and making sure my work ethic stays consistent cause if I'm going to get to 3,000, I'm going to have to stay focused."

Without another bye week on his schedule, Clement has urgency to get his recruitment finalized because he plans to enroll in January. He said Nebraska was not at the top of his list.

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