After commiting in July, highly touted offensive guard Duke Clemens is officially a Bruin. After receiving offers from 20 different schools, including most of the Pac-12, Dartmouth, Duke, and Nebraska, this talented athlete has signed his National Letter of Intent and submitted it the UCLA Bruins.
Listed at 6’4” 265 pounds, this guy can do it all. In the footage I’ve watched, he has played at both the guard and tackle position, and provides excellent blind side coverage. He has also played on the defensive line, but is really being recruited for the guard position. He was ranked 35th in the nation in his position and 7th in the state of Hawaii. Rivals has him as a 3-star while 247Sports has him as a 4-star.
In addition to football, Duke also plays basketball and baseball. So, there’s no shortage of raw athletic talent with this guy and his development is far from complete. He’s quick off the blocks, stays with his man and fights to protect his quarterback with good footwork and skills that will develop even better at the collegiate level.
During the recruiting process, it was important to Duke that he was connecting to the team right away. Offensive line coach Justin Frye had an impact on his recruiting, as did Dalton Hilliard, current defensive/special teams analyst. Hilliard hails from Hawaii and immediately made a connection with Clemens on the Hawaii culture. According to 247, Clemens said:
When I went to visit campus, everything just felt right to me. Talking with coach Chip Kelly was great and the connection I made with coach Justin Frye was great. It just felt right for me and my family. Being in contact with coach Frye and picking up that offer in the first place was amazing. Also having a guy from Hawaii like Dalton Hilliard was big throughout the process, just being able to hear about his experiences at UCLA. Coach Hilliard knows about the Hawaii culture and he told me I would fit right in. I really took that to heart and noticed it when I went up there for my visit.
For more Duke Clemens action, watch the World Bowl on December 27, taking place in Mexico City.
Welcome to Westwood, Duke!