"I made a decision. I'm going to be a Buff, baby!", wide receiver prospect Toney Clemons told BuffStampede.com today.
Clemons, the former Michigan wide out, chose Colorado over Cincinnati, Connecticut, Oregon, Oregon State, Rutgers, New Mexico, and Arizona State.
New offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau learned of Clemons' decision on Monday, but the announcement wasn't made until Wednesday. "(Kiesau) was definitely the difference in my decision," said Clemons, 'just his honesty and how comfortable I am with him."
A little background on Clemons
Tony Clemons decided to leave Michigan after the coaching change last season left him feeling that he did not fit into the Rich Rodriguez scheme. In 2008, the 6'3", 203-pound Clemons caught 12 passes for 106 yards for the Wolverines. "It just wasn’t a good fit for me depth chart-wise, system-wise," said Clemons. "I didn’t feel like I was getting utilized the way I wanted to."
Clemons was recruited by Colorado in 2007, but did not make a visit. The Pittsburgh area receiver also had offers out of high school from Pittsburgh, Purdue, West Virginia, Rutgers and Cincinnati. "I was told by coach (Darian) Hagan in high school that if I ever visited the place, I would come there," said Clemons.
What do we know about Clemons?
In 2007, he was rated as a four-star wide receiver by Rivals and Scout. Rivals had Clemons as the 12th best receiver prospect in the nation and Scout had him at No. 10.
For comparison sake, there were two wide receivers who signed with the Buffs in 2007. Markques Simas was seen as the 20th best receiver in the country by Rivals and 19th best by Scout. Kendrick Celestine was seen as the 79th best wideout prospect by Rivals; and was not ranked nationally by Scout.
Simas as we know, has yet to see the field as a Buff, but is impressing one and all with his potential for this fall. Celestine, meanwhile, left the program last fall.
While Clemons will have to sit out the 2009 season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.
The trade-off—Clemons, the 12th best receiver of the 2007 class, in exchange for Celestine, the 79th best.
Not a bad day for the CU receiving corps.
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