Pitt fans were buzzing last weekend when running back Corey Clement amassed epic numbers for his high school team in Glassboro, N.J.
Clement, who verbally committed to Pitt nearly four months ago and has not de-committed, carried only 15 times, but he made them count — did he ever! — for a South Jersey-record 476 yards and seven touchdowns. That accounted for nearly all of Glassboro’s scoring in a 45-23 victory against Gloucester City.
After the game, which carried him past 4,700 career yards, Clement, 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, spoke to fans and repeated his commitment to Pitt. He also has expressed a desire to enroll in January, so he would be available for spring drills and get a jump on his freshman season.
But that hasn’t stopped him from considering other offers. Two weeks ago, he attended the Michigan-Notre Dame game in South Bend and talked about what it would take to flip his commitment.
“I don’t know what it might take, but something would really have to wow me,” Clement told the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune. “I think Notre Dame has something to offer that might wow me, so if it aligns with that through observing them, there could be a possible chance of me taking a step back from Pitt … I know Pitt isn’t the only school out there.”
Since the visit, Clement has been quiet about his recruitment, but he previously has drawn serious interest from Penn State, Ohio State, Florida State, Iowa, Nebraska and West Virginia.
If Clement’s talents transfer to the collegiate level, he would give Pitt a solid trio of runnning backs in 2013 — one marquee runner from the junior (Isaac Bennett), sophomore (Rushel Shell) and freshman classes.
My guess is Clement’s recruitment is far from over.
Pitt, which also has successfully recruited New Jersey backs Dion Lewis and Ray Graham, has the edge at the moment. But who knows for how long?
My guess is continued success by the varsity will make Pitt even more attractive to recruits, including Clement, whose profile on Twitter still says, “Verbally Committed to the University of Pittsburgh. #PITT”
Meanwhile, keep an eye on the Glassboro stats on Friday nights.