August 14, 2009
Sleeper OL hearing from Wake Forest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Following the University of Tennessee lineman one-day camp in June, Cameron Clemmons made a big splash on the national recruiting radar. With a strong performance, not only did Clemmons impress the analysts in attendance and the coaches on the Volunteer staff but he also impressed coaches that weren't even in attendance.
Now that the summer camp circuit is over, Clemmons is reviewing his scholarship offers and may be on the verge of at least one more.
"It's been a good summer," Clemmons said. "I went to a few camps. I went to Western Kentucky and UK and I performed well at those camps. From that film from the UT camp, Wake Forest has been getting on me and I think they're pretty close to offering so hopefully that will turn out well."
Rivals.com was in attendance at the Tennessee camp and that film on Rivals is one of the main reasons for Wake Forest's increased attention while social networking was the medium for that attention.
"Actually [the communication] started on facebook," he said. "I was on facebook and one of the O-line coaches contacted me and said that he looked at the film online at the rivals website and said that they're really interested. He called coach and hopefully they'll be getting film sometime this week so hopefully that works out."
The interest from Wake Forest is mutual from Clemmons who sees a lot of value in the ACC program, starting with academics. With an offer from Stanford and interest from Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, academics is clearly a priority for the 6-foot-7 athlete.
"Most definitely I'm interested in Wake Forest," he said. "They've got a prestigious program academically and my chances of playing if I work hard are good so I like it a lot. I work hard in the classroom. That's something my parents have installed in me since I was little so academics are very important."
On Thursday night, Clemmons' got a taste of what's to come this season while scrimmaging state power Montgomery Bell Academy and playing both offensive and defensive tackle. Though the night ended prematurely for Clemmons due to a bruised ankle, he is prepared for the double-duty this fall.
"It's going good," he said of playing both ways. "It's iron man football, man on man every play and I love it."
Already 6-foot-7, and 260 pounds, Clemmons is a young senior, having just turned 17. With the frame that he possesses and the athleticism that he shows, Clemmons' best football is still in front of him.
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