On Saturday, Iverson Clement took what might have been his final visit, and it only re-affirmed his commitment to enroll in January at the University of Florida.
Clement, a highly recruited running back in the 2018 class out of Rancocas Valley High in Mount Holly, New Jersey, committed to the Gators in April after multiple unofficial visits, so Saturday’s visit wasn’t about first impressions of his future campus.
“That was my seventh or eighth time going to UF, so I felt very at home,” Clement said. “I mean, I wasn’t really looking for a lot, I’ve been there so many times I’m really starting to get cool with the players. That was my first game I’ve visited, and I just wanted to see what the crowd atmosphere was like.”
Florida what it do? 🤙🏾🌞 🛫
— Iverson Clement🇭🇹 (@Swaggy__ai) October 14, 2017
Despite the night culminating in a 19-17 Gators loss, Clement came away impressed with the environment that comes with playing for UF.
“It was really loud, I’ve been to Penn State, I’ve been to Virginia Tech, I’ve been to Ohio State,” Clement said, “and they get loud, but Florida was really loud. I was really impressed, I was like ‘wow’. The atmosphere overall was amazing. I just can’t wait to get there in January.”
That’s where Clement ends any potential concerns about his recruitment. With just two months until prospects can sign as midyear enrollees, Clement isn’t looking elsewhere. And when he arrives in January, he expects to be joined by nearly half of Florida’s 2018 class so far.
“Eight guys, nine guys are coming in in January,” Clement said. “So you tell me how solid that is.”
Clement also had an opportunity to see Ja’Juan Seider’s message play out in real time. Seeing freshman running back Malik Davis rack up 97 rushing yards against the Aggies solidified the reality of possible early playing time at Florida.
“He’s great, and it’s motivation. Seeing somebody who just got out of high school and is playing in the SEC with these type of caliber teams, it shows that if your mind is on right and you do what you got to do, especially if you come in January that’s an advantage, and I’m blessed to have this ability to do that. I feel like the sky is the limit,” Clement said. “My goal is to be an impact player, I’m not coming all the way from the north just to settle for less. I want to be someone that coach really sees something in and be able to dominate.”
— Coach James (@CoachJames03) October 7, 2017
When it came to the elephant in the room – UF’s offensive futility despite recent success on the ground – Clement expressed confidence the offense would correct itself prior his arrival, before asserting that the future is bright in Gainesville.
“It’s going to get back on track this season. Next season is going to go off the wall,” Clement said. “You’ve got Ja’Marr Chase coming in, Jacob Copeland, you’ve got Matt Corral coming in, and you’ve got me coming in. And you’ve got Dameon Pierce coming also, a good running back too. That’s a lot of talent right there, top-of-the-country talent.”
For Clement, he’s focused on his senior season and the Gators rather than any other programs. He doesn’t intend to visit any other programs, and if he returns to Florida before his enrollment it will be for UF’s rivalry bout with Florida State.
“That’s my only official visit, I don’t plan on going to any other college football games. I might go just to go, whatever the case may be, but I’ve been pretty much focusing on my football and taking it a day at a time,” Clement said. “I’m really pumped for December 20th, but I think I’m going to go to the FSU game. Definitely I want to get back down there again.”