Wisconsin nabs RB Corey Clement


Corey Clement put an end to his back-and-forth recruitment of the last few months on Friday when he found a new home.

The ESPN 300 running back from Glassboro (N.J.) High School publicly committed to Wisconsin on Friday during a ceremony for becoming the school's and South Jersey's career leading rusher. He was also presented his jersey for the Semper Fidelis All-American Game.

"I just felt more comfortable than at most other colleges," Clement said. "I felt secure in the campus and felt wanted by Wisconsin and could become a better person. As far as spots and academics, it offered the best package."

The No. 17 running back nationally, Clement committed to Pittsburgh in June but began waffling a few months later. The Badgers caught his initial interest when he began looking at other options. He then took official visits to Nebraska, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, and he decommitted from Pitt on the way back from his visit to Madison.

It turns out he committed while on that visit, too.

"I was holding out for two weeks and knew where I was going," said Clement, who wanted to make a public announcement on his birthday. "Wisconsin is the place for me, and I'm so happy to announce and be a part of the Badgers family."

While on his official visit the weekend of Oct. 19, the Badgers pulled out all the stops for Clement. Wisconsin had to really sweep the 5-foot-11, 200-pound back off his feet because the four-star recruit was weary of committing on a visit after he did the same with Pitt in June.

Clement said the Thursday before his Wisconsin visit in a sit-down interview that he rushed into a decision with Pittsburgh while visiting.

"It was the atmosphere I was looking for in a college life with [Wisconsin] being the No. 1 college town, safe environment," Clement said. "With Pitt, they didn't have what I was looking for in a college atmosphere."

The verbal from Clement, No. 194 in the ESPN 300, is a big one for the Badgers, who fell out of favor with ESPN 150 back David Williams and are still in the process of trying to flip Alex Collins from Miami.

With preseason Heisman candidate Montee Ball graduating, Clement sees an opportunity to play early but knows he will have to work for it. Just the chance to see the field during his freshman season was a big factor in his decision.

Whether he plays extensively as a freshman or has to redshirt, Clement is ready to get to Madison.

"It's a blessing, finally a relief off my shoulders," he said. "I'm going to a school that wants to have me, and I know they can't wait for me to get on campus and I can't wait either."