Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington high RB Eduardo Clements got a welcome piece of news recently when…
Clements Ready To Make a Decision?
"Recruiting is good and a lot of new faces have been popping in," said Clements. "Southern Miss has been talking about offering me and Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama and Oklahoma are all evaluating me and have said an offer is on the way. I have 22 offers, and I am happy with that. The same schools that have been there like Georgia, Florida State, USF and Michigan are all still there, too."
Eduardo has made it known that Florida State has long been his favorite school. Speculation early on was that as soon as the offer came through Clements would pull the trigger and become a Seminole. He says at this time things are open and that sometimes he goes back and forth about making a decision.
"Everyone is the same in telling me how they want me and all that," explained Clements. "In my mind I have a top 5 but things are open. Some times I change my mind on who is in the top 5 as recruiting changes a lot, but Georgia, FSU, Miami, USF and Michigan are the top 5 I have had for a while."
"With FSU, man, I do go back and forth a lot about committing, but I am going to wait on it," continued Clements. "FSU not offering early didn't have the effect some think, and at the end of the day I talk to the coaches, have been talking to the coaches, and have a good bond with them."
The coach that has been recruiting Eduardo the heaviest has been James Coley. He's known Clements for several years as he's from South Florida and used to be the coach at FIU. Eduardo told NoleDigest his relationship is very strong with Coach Coley, and that he feels extremely comfortable with him.
"Coach Coley was telling me Monday about the experience about being a Seminole," said Clements. "He was saying that when you go to FSU you gotta be ready to bleed Garnet and Gold. I love FSU. They want these types of guys, and I Coach thinks I can be that. I do too. He was telling me that making an early commitment to them would probably lead to others following because they know I wouldn't make a bad decision. Coach Coley is a guy I have known for a while so I know he would never steer me wrong in any way. I know he won't lie to me, so I have a lot of trust in what he tells me. That plays a big role in this thing."
The main question with Seminole fans is why hasn't he gone ahead and pulled the pin on his recruitment. Clements says it boils down to wanting to see what else is out there.
"With this process I have to see what teams are going to offer me as a player," stated Clements on why he has committed. "I've been talking to guys like Brandon Harris, Thearon Collier and those guys and they have told me I can't just go to a place I like as a fan. They told me I needed to go to a place that'll develop me and get me to that next level. Basically those are the things I am looking for."
Coach Coley has made it known guys like Eduardo are looked at as potential "bell cows" for the class. That is something that Clements cherishes, and it is a factor that has led to him coming close to ending his recruitment.
"It means a lot to me that Coach Coley thinks of me like that," Clements said, "and that tells me that I am a good player. Knowing that other recruits would follow me is a good thing and that is something that I do really like. A part of me wants to be that guy for FSU right now, but I don't want to make a commitment and then de-commit if something goes wrong. Right now my heart belongs to Booker T. Washington football."
Heading into the summer Georgia is the leader for the talented running back. He says the tradition the Bulldogs have, along with the style of offense they use, intrigues him.
"The coaches at Georgia stay on me and I have a great relationship with them," said Clements on why the SEC power leads for him. "The offense they use is like the one we have at Booker T. Washington so I wouldn't have to change my style too much. They have had great names there: Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Terrell Davis and now Knowshon Moreno. Having that all at one school is nice. I know FSU has a great history too, and Coach Fisher was telling me a few weeks ago about how the offense would use me. I don't think there is too much of a difference between the two."
The hometown Hurricanes are another team that has long been tied to Eduardo's recruitment. He said the talk that the Canes are right in the thick of things is a little off, but they are a school he is keeping an eye on.
"I just want to see what is going on at Miami," said Clements. "There's not too much more to it. I have guys who are like my brothers that go there and I do like the school. They tell me that things are coming together there and that by me going there it would get them closer to a National Title."
Don't look for a decision from Clements until the end of the season as he intends on announcing after the playoffs. The only visit he mentioned were the Seminole Showtime camp in July and the FSU vs. Miami game Labor Day weekend.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for more from Eduardo, as well as the rest of the 2010 recruiting targets for the ‘Noles.
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