Four-star wide receiver Toney Clemons took his first official visit this weekend up to Ann Arbor. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder out of New Kensington (Pa.) Valley had an excellent trip to the Big House and the Wolverines now are positioning themselves atop the receiver's leader board.
"The trip was great. It was very nice and everything I expected," he said. "I got to see how the atmosphere was at the game, check out the facilities and traditions there and more. Their fans are very supportive of the team and it's great that they have 110,000 people there every Saturday.
"I arrived there on Saturday morning and followed a pretty strict itinerary. I ate and talked with other recruits and hung out with them for a little while. Then I met with the coaches before the game. Afterwards, I ate again and met up with my host Greg Matthews and his friend Steve Brown. I went on the town with them and what was really cool about that was that all the guys on the team are friends. I was essentially hosted by the entire team and I liked that a lot. Steve and Greg were great guys too and a lot of fun to be around. They talked to me about how the campus is and more."
Today, Clemons was able to meet up with the coaches.
"I was able to meet with coach Campbell, English and Lloyd Carr," he said. "They all stood out; especially coach Carr because he's a legend. He basically just talked to me about my life and what's going on with me. He then just told me to keep working hard and play hard.
"While talking with the coaches, coach Campbell did discuss playing time. He let me know who is leaving and staying and how many guys they have on scholarship. He also told me I'll get a shot to play right way as a freshman which was nice to hear."
While in Ann Arbor, the Rivals250 prospect was able to talk in the in-state rivalry game between the Spartans and Wolverines.
"The game was amazing and they treat you well there," he said. "I was able to come down on the field and watch the team warm up. Then I watched them come out of the tunnel and the banner. It was great to see all that tradition. The fans there were amazing too. It was crazy and I haven't experienced anything like that before.
"One thing I did like from the game was the fact that they air it out. They live for the long explosive plays and get the ball in the air no matter if the running game is successful."
The official visit has now placed Michigan at the top of Clemons list.
"Off of the trip, I would say Michigan is the leader for me," he said. "It was a crazy visit and I got all my questions answered and they did it without hiding anything. I saw everything I wanted to and the players told you the good and the bad. They kept it honest and very respectable. On top of that, they have amazing facilities and some of the best academics in the country. I'd have to say they are the frontrunner."
Next week, the No. 4 player in the Keystone State was planning to head West to Colorado.
"I have homecoming that weekend so I'm going to have to reschedule that trip," he said. "I am still trying to get to Tennessee during the season and then I want to check out West Virginia.
"I do plan to make my decision in December although I'm not sure how it's going to work. I may be ready to pull the trigger much sooner. I might just do it whenever I'm ready. It'll all come down to how I feel and my comfort."