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Now that his season has ended with another State sectional championship, Paterson Catholic defensive end Trevor Clemmings is set to take college visits.
The 6-foot-6, 263-pound Clemmings will visit Pittsburgh Dec. 11 but no other visits have been set, according to PC coach Benjie Wimberly.
The top New Jersey recruit in the Class of 2010 despite playing in just his second year of organized football, Clemmings initially verballed to Pitt in June but then reopened his recruitment. He is also considering Florida, Ohio State and Rutgers.
“He’s high on Pitt but he’s looking at Ohio State and Florida,” said Chris Melvin of EliteRecruits.com, an advisor to Clemmings. “I think the frontrunner has to be Pitt.”
Melvin said it was possible Clemmings would verbal again this time around to Pitt, but he could also opt to take other visits.
“I don’t know if he’s going to verbal right there,” Melvin said. “He had planned on visiting those three schools [Florida and Ohio State]. That’s my impression unless he’s blown away. T.J. understands what he needs to see, what his vision is as far as the future.”
Melvin added that Pitt (9-1, 5-0 Big East) is in a good position because of its successful season.
“Pitt’s having a huge year,” Melvin said. “What else can you ask for? You can pencil him in next year as a possible starter. Coach [Dave] Wannstedt and [New Jersey recruiter] Jeff Hafley are recruiting him hard.
“With the big year that they’re having that’s a bonus. They’re still considered an up-and-coming program.”
Clemmings and the Cougars won the Non-Public Group 1 State title with last Saturday with a 28-7 win over St. Mary of Rutherford. It was the seventh crown in 10 years for Wimberly and his program.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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