June 19, 2007

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Coming out of a powerhouse like Hoover (AL), Brandon Clear was able to soak in the tutelage that comes with playing for one of the nation's elite prep programs. He's taken it upon himself to vault that experience into crafting himself into a more complete player since his high school career has ended.

The three star Clemson signee has improved his size and speed attributes over the last several months.

"Well, I'm 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds now so I've added an inch and about 10 pounds to my frame," Clear told Tigerillustrated.com Sunday afternoon. "I also took third place at the state track meet in the triple jump with a leap of 45-feet, three inches and our team ran a 42-second time to place third in the 4 x 100 meter relay. Basically, I've just been working out hard since I signed."

The wide receiver will move to Clemson on June 30 and enroll a few days later. He's not sure who he will be rooming with but figures it will be his brother, Byron Clear, a fellow Tiger signee, and some others.

What's his expectations for year one?

"I just want to do whatever I can to help the team," he noted. "I have the mindset that I'm going to come in and play. I'm not sure if I'll redshirt but I have a goal of competing."

Which fellow classmates does he see playing right away and which ones does he stay in regular contact with?

"Willy (Korn) has a great arm and is a great leader, he'll play," the nation's No. 65 wide receiver in the class of 2007, according to Rivals.com, detailed. "I talk with Brandon Maye, Andre Branch, Coty Sensabaugh and Willy."

Clear was last on campus for the Tigers' Spring Game on April 14.

"They impressed me," the three star recruit indicated. "Clemson has some great players and a great staff. They were just getting after it out there. I just talked to (wide receivers) coach (Dabo) Swinney last week as he keeps me posted on everything. I'm excited to get there."

What does he have planned in the meantime?

"I'm just going to continue to work hard and enjoyed the time I have with my family especially since my father (Samuel Clear) is going to Kuwait on July 15," the No. 20 prospect in the state of Alabama, per Rivals.com, pointed out.

Clear finished with a 3.65 GPA and scored a 1550 on the SAT.

He's made frequent appearances on the MTV reality show Two-a-Days at Hoover and last January participated in the U.S. Army All-American game.

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