“I just got a scholarship offer from Stanford,” Byron Clear said shortly after his visit. “I went to visit the school and it was beautiful. [I went the] week before last. I went up with my dad and it was a good deal. We got to see the campus and the weather was perfect. The football team seems to be building up so that’s looking really good.”
Clear plans to wait until after the season to make his decision, but the Stanford coaching staff certainly made a big impression early. “The whole coaching staff was really helpful and informative as far as making a decision,” he noted. Stanford’s coaching staff had already made a big impression on the Clear family as Coach Walt Harris was the quarterbacks coach at Illinois when Byron Clear’s father was in the Illini program.
“The head coach himself told me [about the offer,”] Byron Clear said of his offer. “Him and the athletic director and the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator . They sat me down and said they saw the combine tape. Then they said they saw the grades and SAT I had plus they saw me holding off a 300 pound offensive lineman and getting to the dummy at the combine. He said it’s not often where you see a guy with my athleticism that can do that.”
It is Clear’s impressive display of athleticism and potential that has helped him draw interest from major schools nationwide and offers from two schools. With Clear’s offer from Stanford, two schools have now offered and put their name in the hat for his services, Army and Stanford. Other schools continue to be hot on his trail, however.
“Right now I also list North Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, Auburn, my coach sent tape to Alabama and we just got invited to Auburn on unofficial visits. Virginia Tech sent us some stuff and Duke. Then a couple of Ivy League schools. That’s not scholarship stuff but I’m honored to hear from them.”
Along with his work on the field, Clear's work in the classroom will also help in his recruitment as his senior year unfolds. “I work hard off the field and on the field,” he said. “Towards the end of the season when colleges are looking at 'I want this kid and that kid' they have to look at the scores on the SAT and ACT and they have to know if they can trust them on the field and off the field. They can trust me there.”
While Clear has two offers at this point, he does plan to take his time with his recruitment.
“I’m going to take my time,” he said. “I feel like it’s a distraction to go through the recruiting process and decide during the season. I feel like after the season it’ll be more exciting. I want to wait, sit down with my family, and decide.”