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2022 WR Darrius Clemons Impressed With Notre Dame

August 12, 2019
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Darrius Clemons‍ had the chance to make a brief stop at Notre Dame earlier this summer and the 2022 Oregon wide receiver would welcome the opportunity to come back in the future.

“I went and checked out the campus,” said Clemons, who was in South Bend in mid-June.

“It was super nice. There’s a lot of tradition behind it. Everything was like the original stuff. It was cool seeing all of the stuff back to Knute Rockne and whatnot.”

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound sophomore was able to check out some of the facilities and establish contact with the wide receivers coach.

“I got to walk around the practice field and I got to walk on the stadium and stuff,” he said. “That was pretty cool.

“I had a pretty good conversation with Coach Del Alexander. He was a super cool guy to talk to. He just said he liked what he saw on film and he wanted to try to make it out to one of my games this year and build a further relationship.”

The Westview High School star said he would like to get back “for sure.”

“I want to try to make a game or something and go to a camp next year,” he said. “I’d like to sit down and talk with Coach Alexander again because we didn’t get a chance to sit down and talk football. It was more about getting to know him as a person. I think it would be amazing to just watch a game in South Bend with the stadium and the atmosphere there.”

Clemons, who was clocked at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at Washington’s camp, already has offers from Michigan State, Oregon State, BYU, Nevada, Central Michigan and Utah State.

“It’s pretty cool seeing how my hard work is paying off,” he said. “But me and my family have a saying, ‘You just have to keep grinding.’ I have to keep my head down and keep grinding. Knowing that my God-given ability has gotten me this far, knowing if I keep working, I can go so much further.”

An offer from the Irish in the future would certainly be welcomed.

“That would be a huge offer because Notre Dame, they’re Notre Dame,” he said. “Everybody knows the Irish. They’re one of the most storied programs in college football.”

College coaches have given Clemons plenty of feedback on his game.

“A lot of them saying they like that I can stretch the field and have really good vertical speed,” he said. “One thing I’ve heard from almost all coaches and the one thing I know I need to work on is being more fluid in and out of my breaks.”

In addition to the camp at Washington and the trip to Notre Dame, Clemons also made recent stops at Michigan State and Northwestern.

He has his eyes on a couple stops this fall.

“Me and my dad want to make it a point to get to Ohio State and Notre Dame for sure,” he said, also mentioning a return to East Lansing as a possibility, but acknowledging it’s difficult coming from the other side of the country.

Clemons is still trying to figure out what he’ll major in in college, but one idea has piqued his interested.

“Something that’s been intriguing to me is Sports Marketing,” he said. “It sounds like it’d be a lot of fun to do.”

He will be looking for an overall fit when it comes time to choose a school.

“I think the biggest thing for me is finding where I’m going to fit the best, whether that’s playing early, my education, feeling comfortable where I am and just praying about it and knowing it’s in my best interest for me later in my life and with my faith in God.”

 
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