May 29, 2010

Memphis tight end likes what he's hearing from Rebels

Cameron Clear's stock jumped this spring.

Then it skyrocketed.

As spring turns to summer, the big tight end from Memphis (Central), Tenn., has reached double-digit offers. Still, Clear is focusing on improving his game and his body and planning to put in the work necessary to make his star even brighter.

"It's pretty cool, but it just makes me want to work harder and be better," said Clear, who now has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Duke, Memphis, Louisville, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas and Auburn. "I want to be the best."

Clear, a 6-foot-6, 265-pounder, knows some of the programs recruiting him envision him moving inside, likely to offensive tackle. It's a move Clear is hoping to avoid.

"Most people are telling me that if I can keep my weight and add muscle, I can stay at tight end," Clear said. "Others are telling me I might grow into an offensive tackle or defensive end. Whatever the coaches want me to play, I'll play, but I prefer tight end."

Clear said he plans to camp at Ole Miss next weekend. He'll follow that with camp appearances at Tennessee and Duke in June and Florida in July. The camps will give Clear a chance to get to know programs better, and he's planning to take his time making a decision.

"It's wide open," Clear said. "I'm keeping all my options open and just waiting. I want to take all my official visits. I don't have a set date (to make a commitment), but after I take all my official visits, I'll probably know then."

Clear said Ole Miss is "high on my list. They're telling me I can stay at tight end. That's what I like. That's what I want."

Clear is being recruited to Ole Miss by Rebels wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

"He's pretty cool," Clear said. "I like him. We have a close relationship. It gets better each time we talk and each time we meet."

Clear, who has a 21 on the ACT and a 3.5 core grade-point average, said he has "a great ability to catch and I can move for my size, but I think I need to work on my speed and agility a little bit more if I want to stay at tight end."

AIKEN HOPING TO MOVE ON WITH TEAMMATE: Hollywood (Chaminade Madonna), Fla., defensive back Jonathan Aiken said Thursday night he hasn't been in contact with Ole Miss much this spring. However, he's open to visiting Ole Miss this summer with his teammate and friend, wide receiver Curt Evans.

"I know (Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn) came out and looked at us," Aiken said. "I know they were really looking at Curt and (quarterback) Jerrard (Randall).

"If Curt or Jerrard goes (to Ole Miss), I'll probably go. We might go to one or two separately, but we're going to go to some together. Me and Curt always travel together. We're like boys. We spend time together on the weekends."

Evans told earlier this week he plans to visit Ole Miss unofficially this weekend. Aiken, meanwhile, has picked up offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Western Kentucky, South Florida, Marshall, Illinois, Maryland, UCLA and Michigan.

"I'm pretty open for the most part, but if I just throw a couple out there, it's be UCLA first, Michigan second and then USF," said Aiken, who plans to camp at Florida, Georgia and UCLA this summer. "Those are probably my top three."

Asked if it's realistic that he, Evans and Randall play at the college level together, Aiken said: "Realistically speaking, it's possible. But for me and Curt, it's more realistic. Our quarterback really has his sights set on Oregon and maybe Florida. I think he's already decided what he's going to do, but there's a chance me and Curt will go together."

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