- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
It has been one of the wilder recruitments in the East in the last few months. Glassboro (N.J.) running back Corey Clement, a member of the ESPN 300, waffled with Pittsburgh before taking three official visits.
It all comes to an end Friday, though.
Clement, Glassboro's leading rusher with a 400-yard game under his belt this season, will make a commitment Friday. His finalists are Nebraska, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. He decommitted from Pittsburgh shortly after his official visit in October to Wisconsin.
Considering the timing of his decommitment, it seems Wisconsin is the prohibitive favorite to land Clement, who committed to Pitt in June. The Badgers were the team that interested Clement most when he began looking at other schools during August, and he likes the idea of going to a program where he could possibly play early. He has the potential to do that with Montee Ball leaving after the season.
The Badgers are also looking to bring in top-level running back after recently losing ground on ESPN 150 running back David Williams, who had the Badgers firmly in his top group just a few months ago.
With Clement, there is always a chance for a surprise, though. His first official visit was to Nebraska, and he loved the atmosphere and how the town revolves around the football program. In a sit-down interview Oct. 18, Clement was unsure how well he would adjust to living in Lincoln, coming from densely populated New Jersey.
As for Notre Dame, academics stood out to Clement most. The Irish signed four-star William Mahone in the 2012 class and have a commitment from ESPN 300 running back Jamel James as well. The potential to play early is a major factor for Clement.
At this point, a second commitment to Pittsburgh seems highly unlikely.
Clement will finalize his announcement at 9 a.m. ET at a ceremony at which he'll be recognized for his school rushing record, and it's likely it will end with good news for the Badgers.
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