Clements stays home

After keeping it to himself for a couple of months, Eduardo Clements let everyone know on Tuesday that he is going to be a Miami Hurricane.

"I have been a silent commitment to Miami for about two months now," said Eduardo Clements. "The coaches at Miami knew and Miami knew, but that was it. I just sat down with my mom and dad Monday night and told them I was ready to let everyone know I was going to be a Miami Hurricane."

Over 20 schools were in pursuit of the 5-foot-11, 185 pound back out of Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington.

He looked at a number of program and took visits to schools like Georgia and Michigan over the summer, but the best place for him was just down the road.

"I really did not mind leaving the state or going away from home, but I just knew early in the season that Miami was the place for me."

"They changed up the offense, I like how they are using the running backs this year, and I know things are changing for the good there."

Miami has produced a number of talented running backs over the years and Clements is ready to step in and add his name to that list.

When asked if he felt he comared to any current or past backs that played in Coral Gables, two came to mind.

"I could say Clinton Portis, but I would have to say I am most like Greg Cooper," said the four-star on "I run like Portis some, but I can play a lot like Cooper. I can run the ball out of the backfield, line up at receiver, return kicks, and just be versatile a lot like he is there now."

"Every school has their tradition on what position they put mostly into the NFL and Miami has sent a lot of running backs, so I want to be next."

He has been watching the Canes closely this season and he really likes what he sees. Randy Shannon is someone he respects and Clements is looking forward to his future under him.

"I am very excited about the turnaround this year and how we are playing. Before the season started Miami was the fourth school on my list behind Georgia, Michigan, and Tennessee, but they really showed me a lot those first couple of games."

"The class of 2010 is very strong and we are looking to take the program back to where it was in the 80s and 90s. We want to win some more National Championships and that is my goal win I get there."

Getting there can't come soon enough for Clements. Other schools are still in pursuit of him and trying to get him on their campus, but he said no matter where he goes or who he talks to, his decision is final.

"I am 100 percent committed to Miami," the Booker T. Washington stated firmly. "I may visit Tennessee, South Florida, Michigan or someone like that, but I know where I am going. I have had my mind made up for a while and I am very excited about being a Miami Hurricane."

Clements is set to return to action this week after missing the last three games due to a sprained MCL. Before injuring his knee in game five, he had run for 520 yards and scored eight touchdowns.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at


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