Joining the Wisconsin Tradition

Announcing his decision between Nebraska, Notre Dame and Wisconsin at his school Friday morning, four-star Glassboro (NJ) tailback Corey Clement celebrated his 18th birthday by picking Wisconsin. When it came down to the school, the program and him, there wasn't any better place to go.

Glassboro (N.J.) High four-star running back Corey Clement wanted his commitment day to be special, and it worked out that way as his birthday meshed with the presentation of his Semper Fidelis Bowl jersey presentation.

And he ended the meaning morning Friday by announcing he committed to Wisconsin.

"I think the offense they run is tailor-made for his running style," Glassboro coach Mark Maccarone said. "He's an I-formation tailback. When the whole process started we sat down and hashed things out, and with myself and his family, we thought it would be best for him, and for his talents to shine, it would be in a traditional two-back set in an I-formation backfield as opposed to a spread team."

Clement originally committed to Pittsburgh, but made official visits to Nebraska and Notre Dame before his trip to Wisconsin a few weeks ago.

"It really came down to Notre Dame and Wisconsin," Maccarone said. "Then, when he went out to Wisconsin he really felt like it was a better fit for him, both football-wise and socially.

"He texted me the Saturday night of his visit and said, ‘I could see myself being here.' That's the way that worked out."

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Clement, who rushed for 2,510 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior, is having another big season for the Bulldogs (6-1).

He ran for 478 yards and seven touchdowns on 14 carries in a win against Gloucester City (N.J.) High, and he has 1,669 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns on 130 carries this season.

Clement was more of a workhorse running back last season, and Maccarone believes that will serve him well at Wisconsin.

"Last year he was used to carrying the ball 25, 28 times a game," Maccrone said. "Last year we had a time he carried the ball 37 times and he plays both ways, so I don't think the physicality aspect is going to be a big factor."

Although Clement already decommitted from one school, Maccarone said not to look for that to happen again. Even when the commitment was made to Pittsburgh, the plan was always to make other visits and keep options open.

"I think when he got up there and talked to (Pittsburgh) coach (Paul) Chryst, he liked the offense," Maccarone said. "It's basically what Wisconsin does, so he liked the offensive side of it. I think he kind of bought on impulse when he went to see Pitt. It was the first school he got to go see and look at in-depth, and I think that kind of blew him away."


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