UCLA Football Recruiting: 3-star OG Duke Clemens commits to the Bruins

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Theo Howard /

The UCLA football team received a commitment late Tuesday night as Hawaii native, 3-star offensive guard Duke Clemens, has committed to the Bruins 2019 class.

For those that are worried about UCLA football‘s recruiting practices, you need to step back and take a deep breath. Chip Kelly knows what he is doing. That was evident on Tuesday night as the Bruins received their 5th commitment to the 2019 recruiting class.

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It might be a bit slow going, but it is going. The way Kelly is recruiting requires a bit of patience. Kelly is being discriminate with the scholarships he is handing out as he wants players that can physically and mentally fit his system. Clemens is one of those players.

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Currently, UCLA only has four other players committed to the 2019 class: CB Sharmar Martin, TE Michael Martinez, OG Beau Taylor and QB Chase Griffin. But this is just the beginning.

So who is this 6’4, 365 pounder from Hawaii?

Clemens has strength, he has the speed and he has the vision to help UCLA’s offense move the way Kelly requires.

In high school, he mainly played as a weakside tackle, though his durability and strength will give him the opportunity to play closer to the interior if needed. If he is expected to tack on a lot more mass, he could be very dangerous at the guard spot.

Clemens knows when to keep his center of gravity low, but has the ability to quickly explode up and meet defenders head-on. His strength allows him to hold off on-coming rushes, especially with good hand and foot positioning. If he gets the edge against a defender, then he will lock up and shut down any threat to his side of the line. On top of that, he can not only hold defenders at bay but throw them to the side or have them backtrack, disallowing any attack on the backfield.

What is even better is the fact that he has speed. If Kelly implements any pin-pull maneuvers, Clemens will easily assimilate to those schemes.

Kelly is working his magic and though it is slow to start (part of that has to do with the fact that the Bruin coach does not want his commits to take any visits to other schools after they give their pledge), the 2019 class should be a good one.

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