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Iverson Clement returns for Friday Night Lights
Prospects from across the country will flock later this month to Friday Night Lights, Florida’s annual football recruiting showcase.
One of those attendees will be Gators commit Iverson Clement, a 4-star running back from Rancocas Valley High School in Mount Holly, N.J. Friday Night Lights, taking place July 21, will mark Clement’s third visit to Florida in the last four months.
“It feels good down there,” Clement said. “It’s the Sunshine State. The southern hospitality is amazing. Every time I’m there it’s always relaxing.”
The 5-foot-11, 199-pound athlete last visited UF for a summer camp session in June. The highlight of his trip was spending time around Gators assistant Ja’Juan Seider, his primary recruiter and future position coach.
“I was chilling with the guys, chilling with the coaches. It was a fun environment,” Clement said. “Just seeing the campus and everything, it was pretty nice.
“The coaches are laid back and cool. Coach Seider worked with me at the camp and I like his attitude. I’m pretty sure he liked my attitude because I’m a hype, energetic person. I always bring the juice. That’s what you’ll get from me every day.”
Despite his bond with Seider and the staff, Clement’s decision to commit to Florida on April 13 wasn’t just about relationships.
“People think it’s because of the coaches,” Clement is. “Sometimes it’s about the program and how you feel about it. Coaches leave. Their jobs are not always guaranteed.
“So I always look at the program before I look at the coaches. Florida is always consistent every year.”
Clement called his recruiting process “done” and said he’s trying to recruit 5-star quarterbacks Matt Corral and Justin Fields. Clement gives UF an “88 percent” chance with Fields and also commented on his commitment status with the Gators.
“I’m 110 percent locked in right now,” Clement said. “I’m just building the class and talking to guys trying to get them to join. We still need a quarterback.”
Clement is Florida’s highest-rated offensive commit and the nation’s No. 15 athlete, according to the 247Sports Composite. He committed to the Gators over Ohio State.
“I had be patient, open my eyes and see what was the best fit for me,” Clement said of his decision. “I felt as though Florida was better than Ohio State. I want to make an immediate impact.”
“I feel like right now Ohio State is a little too hot, which is a good thing. Everybody wants to go there, but I wanted to be different and do my own thing.”
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