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February 19, 2014

Clements brings leadership and toughness

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The 2015 Cincinnati recruiting class got its first member on Monday night in Danville (Va.) George Washington safety Malik Clements. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound prospect has all of the physical tools that college coaches are looking for in a safety prospect but according to George Washington head coach Nick Anderson it's not just the physical part of the equation that Clements excels at.

"Cincinnati is definitely getting a hard worker," said Anderson of his star player. "He's one of those kids that was a true leader on our team this year. This was my first year at George Washington High School and he's one of the kids that really stepped up and led the team and kind of took what I was saying relayed that message over to his teammates."

In terms of his physical abilities, Anderson says Clements is the total package when it comes to a free safety prospect.

"He's a heck of an athlete, too," Anderson continued. "He can fly. He's extremely fast, he has great hands and on the defensive side he brings that physical presence. He plays free safety for us and he's not afraid to come up in run support and stick his nose in there. He's a very physical player."

With his 6-foot-2 frame, Clements is a player that should ultimately play at over 200-pounds at the college level.

"He has the frame to really put on some weight," Anderson said. "He comes in during the afternoon and gets some extra work in, that's just the type of kid he is."

Clements isn't just going to sit on his commitment however; he's already working hard to get himself ready to contribute when he arrives at Cincinnati.

"Cincinnati is a big time school and he's excited about going there," Anderson said. "He wants to go in there and prove himself early and he's already starting to put in extra time. That just shows the kind of character that he has. He's the type of guy that if you tell him something one time, you never have to ask him twice."

The Bearcats could find themselves back at George Washington High in the 2016 class as well. Clements' teammate Tim Glass is a Division I recruit at safety in his own right.

"He's a big-time recruit," Anderson said. "He's a kid that just passes the look test. He's about the same build as Malik and he's a year younger. He just has lots of potential. He's not quite as fast as Malik is but he's a little bit thicker. Last year he started at outside linebacker and this year we'll probably move him to strong safety. He's just one of those kids that has one of those gifted bodies."





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