Number of Scholarship Players lost: 1 (Montee Ball)
Who did the Badgers beat? Clement – a one-time Pittsburgh commit – picked Wisconsin over BCS offers Boston College, Connecticut, Florida State, Iowa, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia.
Coming off a junior season where he ran for more than 2,500 yards and 34 touchdowns for state champion Glassboro, Clement is a classic case of a recruit getting wowed early by the recruiting process. A fan of Pittsburgh's running back tradition, how close the campus was to home and the direction of the program, Clement committed to the Panthers in June, but his comfort with that decision wore off as the summer came to an end.
Recognizing that he wanted to check out more schools, Clement scheduled trips to Nebraska, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. The Nebraska trip was underwhelming, but the Notre Dame trip left Clement wanting to commit. It's fortunate that he took his time and went to Wisconsin.
Coming to Wisconsin's home game against Minnesota, Clement watched the Badgers rush for 337 yards on the ground.
"I enjoyed it," Clement told us. "Coach Hammock is hoping I go to Wisconsin, be the next Montee Ball and run behind the best lineman. He's been saying if I don't come there, I'm just cutting myself short. With Wisconsin only taking one back a year, I'd be able to come in and compete."
Clement officially de-committed from Pittsburgh after returning home and set an announcement date in early November. Deciding between Notre Dame and Wisconsin, the Badgers won out because Clement felt on his official visit that he was a better fit athletically and socially at Wisconsin.
Clement's Scouting Report: A proto-typical back who is a downhill runner, runs physical and hard between the tackles, Clement is a real talent. A player who can turn a two-yard gain into a seven-yard gain, Clement has that ability to make people miss at the point of attack and at the line of scrimmage, which is important to minimizing negative plays. He needs to put on some weight, be stronger with the ball and tighter with his running style, but those are all things that Hammock is going to fix when he starts working with him.
How the position could change: If Wisconsin pulls a shocker and can get five-star South Plantation (Fla.) tailback Alex Collins to pick the Badgers. Wisconsin sat in good shape for a long time for Collins – a one-time Miami commit – and was able to get him to take an unofficial visit in the spring and an official visit in October. Bret Bielema and Charlie Partridge were highly involved in the process, which makes it no surprise that Arkansas is now heavily involved.
In addition to Wisconsin, Collins has visited Florida and Florida State, will visit Miami this weekend and Arkansas next weekend. It could come down to these final two official visits for Collins, but he has proclaimed on Twitter that the Badgers are still involved because running back coach Thomas Hammock – who has made an in-home visit to Collins – remains.
Corey Clement Junior Highlights
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