Clerveaux notes: WR could enroll early at USF
Few more notes on new USF commitment Stanley Clerveaux, who announced his decision for the Bulls on Wednesday night and should add a good mix of size and speed as a 6-3 target next year.
Talked to North Miami coach Ed Williams, and Clerveaux is fortunate to have a pair of tall former receivers with extensive football experience coaching him. Williams played at Iowa State, and his receivers coach at North Miami is Glenn Holt, who played at Kentucky and then spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals as well. (Check out this 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown).
"As I told the coaches at USF, I'm pretty sure he's a kid who will come in and contribute his freshman year, just because of the skill level he has and the potential he has," Williams said. "I'm still working on things with him -- he's going to be a huge asset early, I believe."
Williams said he'll specifically work on getting Clerveaux's route running more polished -- he likes his hands and his ability to go up for balls, but wants to make him a more physical blocker, knowing Willie Taggart's offense at USF will ask for that.
"I want to see him dominate with his size," said Williams, who is 6-4 himself.
-- There's a chance Clerveaux will be able to graduate in December and join the Bulls for the spring semester, something that's a huge benefit in learning the offense well enough to contribute as a true freshman.
-- Here's a Youtube clip of Clerveaux's junior-year highlights. He's a three-star recruit by 247, Scout and ESPN, and two by Rivals. 247 and ESPN rank him in the top 200 in the state for the Class of 2014.
-- Which USF assistant first identified Clerveaux? He said it was Larry Scott, who had given him his first scholarship offer, back before he left to take a job at Miami. He's dealt primarily with David Reaves, getting very comfortable with his future position coach -- and Telly Lockette, who has strong ties throughout the Miami preps scene from his time at Miami Northwestern and Miami Central.
Don't underestimate the value of the trust Lockette has with his fellow high school coaches in the Miami area.
"I want to make sure my kids are taken care of. It weighs a lot, not only with the kids but the parents as well," he said. "I went to Iowa State and I'm from Miami, but my (college) coach communicated with my (high school) head coach. If I skipped a class, I got a call from my head coach in high school. 'Coach So-and-so tells me you weren't in class today.' It helps a lot. I told Stanley (Lockette) is going to take care of the whole thing, making sure he's in class and around the right people."