June 9, 2010

Four-star looking to prove himself as tight end

Cameron Clear has heard the buzz around his name.

He hasn't necessarily liked it.

So the four-star tight end from Memphis (Central), Tenn., wants to change it a bit.

Last weekend, he might have done just that when he had quite a strong showing at the Ole Miss Elite Camp.

"It went great," Clear said. "I felt like I was one of the best tight ends out there."

The 6-foot-5, 263-pound Clear had a 29-inch vertical jump, ran a 5-second 40-yard dash and broad-jumped 8 feet, 3 inches. He also displayed good route-running skills and dependable hands. Clear is hoping he can continue to prove he has the tools necessary to play tight end at the college level.

"I've been working on that. People have been telling me I'd get moved inside, so I've been working hard," Clear said.

The Rivals250 standout caught 25 passes for 411 yards as a junior, adding 62 tackles and 12 sacks as a defensive end. Those numbers, coupled with a strong spring, have led to multiple offers and have made him one of the top tight end targets on Ole Miss' board.

"I felt like I was very much wanted there," Clear said of his weekend in Oxford. "It felt like they were very excited to have me there. It was pretty cool. All of the coaches were real cool, especially Coach (Houston) Nutt. He kept talking to me, telling me he was coming to get me. (Ole Miss tight ends coach James Shibest) told me they use the offense a lot. I like to be active and catch the ball."

Clear said he will be in Duke on Thursday for the Blue Devils' camp. He'll stop in Knoxville for a day with the Tennessee Volunteers on his way home. He'll camp at Florida in late July. Clear didn't name a favorite Tuesday, though he said Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, Duke, Florida, Louisville, Mississippi State and Southern California likely make up his pool of realistic choices. All of those programs, Clear said, have offered.

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