January 24, 2011

Tide still in it for Clear

Offensive lineman Cameron Clear hasn't received as much national recruiting attention as some of the other prospects who were in Tuscaloosa over the weekend for official visits to Alabama but the four-star prospect holds over a dozen offers, including several other SEC powerhouses. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound star was impressed with what he saw at Alabama, particularly when it came to how much attention he was shown by the Tide coaching staff.

"Alabama really went out of their way to make me feel comfortable," Clear said. "They hooked me up with two hosts from Memphis who I knew (Keiwone Malone and Brandon Ivory) and we just hung out all weekend pretty much. I got to know DJ (Pettway) and Jeoffrey (Pagan) a little better. We all had a nice dinner Friday night and then hung out afterwards. Saturday we got to see the stadium and locker rooms, and that was really impressive. We also got to hear from the school president (Robert Witt) and the athletic director (Mal Moore). They kept us busy and moving on Saturday."

The Tide staff also spent some time discussing their potential role for Clear, who is expected to begin his college career as a tight end.

"Sunday I got to spend more time with Coach Saban at his house. They made it clear they like me at tight end. I know people think I will grow into a tackle, and that may be the case one day, but right now I am comfortable at tight end. Coach Saban said he likes the way I can block and the fact I have pretty soft hands. I think they have one guy returning who is a junior (Michael Williams) but after that they are pretty open on the depth chart."

Following the visit, Clear said he has the Crimson Tide among his top three finalists.

"I probably like Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee as my three favorites right now. Auburn has recruited me pretty hard and I like how they use their tight ends. At Tennessee, they use their tight ends a lot like Alabama in a bunch of pro-style looks. At Tennessee, I think I would have a chance to play early, and I feel pretty comfortable with their coaches and players. Memphis is still in it a little bit and I am visiting them this weekend. I will probably commit either the day before Signing Day or on Signing Day itself."

Clear is rated the No. 169 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com.

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