Under the radar tight end Clayton Schmerber talks about a recent visit to Duke in our latest update…
Schmerber One to Watch
Sunday found Centerville (Ohio) tight end Clayton Schmerber taking part in the MSR Ohio Developmental Combine in Franklin, Ohio. The combine allows for players to develop and show skills they may not have been able to show so far during their high school careers and for Schmerber it was one that opened several eyes. "I didn't play much last year as I never really got into the offense," explained Schmerber. "We ran the triple option and had the second leading rusher in the state. So about every play we used a blocking tight end." With the Elks making a change with new head coach Rodney Roberts, the 6-foot-6, 215-pounder is looking forward to being able to show his skill set. "Coach Roberts is planning on having a good year with me," he said. "He's going to incorporate me into the offense more this year. I talked with his tight end at Franklin from last year and I think he said he led his conference in touchdowns. So I'm looking forward to it as he told me they use the tight end a lot." During the course of his high school career, Schmerber has always been caught in the middle of his natural abilities and the needs of his high school program. "I've played offensive line most all my life," continued Schmerber. "So I'm very good in blocking. I played tackle my entire sophomore year (not varsity). "I like my length and athleticisms as I have the athleticisms of a wide out, but I move better from a three-point stance than out on the wing. But I can go out in the slot if needed." While some high school tight ends never want to talk about a move to the offensive line, Schmerber is open to a possible change if it helps his overall career. "I have no problem if a college feels I'll grow into an offensive tackle," he said. "I can see myself going to offensive tackle because I'm a good pass blocker." Not only will Schmerber see a change in offense but also a change in his abilities to attend summer camps. "I'm planning to go to a lot of camps this summer," he said. "Our former coach was not really big on us missing summer stuff so I've not gone to a lot of camps. But I've been hearing and getting mail from programs like Missouri, Buffalo, Toledo, Ball State, Cincinnati and Ohio State."
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