Date Committed: 5/1/2012
Position: Defensive Tackle/Defensive End
Illinois may have landed Clements at just the right time. Again the staff's relationships with a recruit dating back to their time at Toledo paid off. Clements, who is now at Trotwood-Madison High School just outside of Dayton, OH, wasn't extremely heralded at the time of his commitment, but shortly after he went on an absolute tear dominating a couple of camps before sustaining a minor knee injury. He hopes to be back in time for his senior season.
What He Brings:
At 6'2" 265 pounds, Clements is at the point where he could either grow into a defensive tackle, or form himself into a defensive end. The latter is more likely. But what is certain is that Clements is a natural pass-rusher with well-developed technique and very strong moves. His lower body is powerful and quick, which allows him to often overwhelm an offensive lineman. He maintains a low center of gravity and balance that allows him to make a strong initial move and continue in his pursuit of the tackle.
What Can Improve:
The main thing for Clements will be determining a long-term position and mastering it. He has the ability, and now it's up to him to take ownership of it. Also, it will be interesting to see how his knee recovers. It wasn't a severe injury, but knee injuries often leave a lot of question marks. If his knee holds up, he could be in store for a big senior season as he helps Trotwood-Madison defend their state title in Ohio.
What Is Unique:
Interestingly enough, Clements hasn't even played a down of football yet at Trotwood-Madison High School (including through three games this year). He spent the first three years of his high school career at Dayton's Dunbar High School, but with numerous friends at Trotwood and a chance to compete for a state title, the opportunity to play at Trotwood-Madison was too good for Clements to turn down. Nobody is more ready than Clements to get back on the field.