published Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Speedy Clemmons not rushing decision

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    Gordon Central's Tyshaun Clemmons poses in the Times Free Press studio. Clemmons was selected as part of the paper's Dynamite Dozen football players.
    Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Dynamite Dozen

No. 8 Tyshaun Clemmons

Gordon Central


Schools recruiting: Georgia Tech, East Carolina, MTSU, Tennessee, Georgia Southern

CALHOUN, Ga. — Tyshaun Clemmons admits he's in no hurry — off the football field. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Gordon Central High School receiver stays in virtually constant motion on the field, but when it comes to his college recruitment, Clemmons is very patient.

"There's no need to hurry," said Clemmons, who has seven solid scholarship offers. "I want to see if any more schools are interested and go from there. It's a big decision and I want to get it right."

After a season in which he had 45 receptions for 662 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing three early games because of injury, Clemmons garnerned plenty of attention. A track athlete who has been timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, the three-year football starter has offers from Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Ball State and Elon.

"Tyshaun is a big, physical receiver who can also get vertical," Gordon Central coach Chad Fisher said. "He's got some good schools after him, and he's earned it."

He also has experience with the hectic world of college recruiting. Older brother Dorian Porch was a two-year starter at Virginia Tech after a standout career at Gordon Central, so Clemmons has an ear to bend if he needs one.

"Dorian went through it, and he said to enjoy it," Clemmons said. "I'm really not sure where I want to go yet. I'm trying to get down to Georgia Tech for a visit and see a few other places. I want to go somewhere that's going to give me the best opportunity to make plays and be a big part of the offense."

His patient approach will likely pay off soon, and he wants college coaches to know that what they see is what they get.

"I can be a big target with good speed, and I think I bring good leadership," he said. "I don't let my emotions take control of me when things are down, and I am always wanting to get better. I'm very hungry, and I want more and more."

about Lindsey Young...

Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...

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