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A Surprising No. 1 for Clements
"Georgia offered me last week and that is really the only school to offer me recently," said Eduardo Clements. "I got a written offer from Georgia in the mail last week and I have talked to them on the phone a few times since then." "I talked to the running back coach [Bryan McClendon] and I talked to Coach [Mike] Bobo too. I talked to Coach McClendon twice last week and he is a very laid back and cool guy. He is down to earth and he is straight forward. He told me what Georgia was looking for in a running back, he told me where I stood with them, and I liked how honest he was." "He told me that they see some of Knowshon Moreno in me. Coach McClendon told me that they would love to get me lined up against linebackers and use me like they used him in their offense. He said he sees me being a playmaker like Knowshon was and he knows I could carry the ball 20 times a game for them." Georgia's Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo echoed what McClendon said. "Coach Bobo said I reminded him of Knowshon too and that he would like to get me in his offense. He told me what Georgia was looking for in a running back and I was a guy they really liked. He said I had a lot of things they liked and that they could use me up there." Other than Georgia, 15 other schools have offered the 5-foot-11, 185 pound back out of Booker T. Washington in Miami. Schools like Miami, UCF, Boston College, and West Virginia have offered too.Clements now has 16 offers. Just after receiving his 16th offer last week, he talked with his father about a list of favorites. He admits to growing up cheering for the Florida State Seminoles and he lives close to the University of Miami, but another school has taken over the top spot on his list for now. Surprisingly, the University of Georgia holds the lead. "After talking with my dad, right now Georgia is number one, then USF is number two, then Miami, Boston College, and Rutgers. Those are my top five in that order." So why UGA? "Georgia came all the way down here to look at me back in the spring and I started liking them then," said the South Florida junior. "I really like their coaches – both Coach McClendon and Coach Bobo were straight up with me and they didn't just tell me what I wanted to hear. I like what they told me, I got a good feeling from them, and I feel like I could play for them." Clements is still a long way from a decision and he plans to listen to all schools before choosing one. He is one of the best in the Sunshine State, but he says he is open to leaving Florida. "I really don't feel any pressure to stay down here. My dad has told me that he will support me no matter where I go, so I am going to find the best place for me." "I know I will have to work hard and compete at any school I go to, so I am not worrying about what people say or where people think I should go because I have to be the one to make the decision." As a junior, Clements ran for 898 yards and he had 329 yards receiving. He scored 15 touchdowns. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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