How did Clemons like CU?

How did Clemons like CU?

Former Michigan wide receiver Toney Clemons visited Colorado this weekend to see if it truly is the school he sees himself transferring to this summer to finish his college career. After returning to Michigan, he took time out to share his thoughts with Scout.com on the Buffs and his future. Get inside for more.

"I haven't made a decision but coming out after I got released and when I was starting to gain interest, Colorado has been my favorite since then and it still remains that way,"Clemons said. "I loved the place, man. I loved the environment, the vibe, the staff. I love the team as well. They're a bunch of good guys."

"It was a change of pace for me and I'm looking for a change. That's exactly what I got. Colorado is definitely in high standing with me. It's definitely a great situation. They have a bright future ahead of them regardless. That was great to see. I enjoyed it."

Clemons said he will wait to make a decision on transferring until mid-May after he visits Cincinnati, the only other program he is giving serious consideration to at this time. Clemons (6-foot-3, 203 pounds) said he hasn't set up a date for a visit to Cincinnati but he believes it will be in the first week of May.

Clemons, once a four-star prospect rated the 10th best wide receiver in the 2007 recruiting class by Scout.com, said he arrived in Colorado on Thursday evening and coaches took him to Elway's for dinner in Cherry Creek. He was hosted throughout his visit by wide receiver Scotty McKnight, a junior who has led the Buffs in receiving the past two years. He said he also spent a lot of time with fellow wide receivers Josh Smith and Markques Simas.

He was able to watch the Buffs second scrimmage of spring football on Friday. He spent the entire session flanked by Smith and McKnight who were held out because of different health issues. He clearly saw the potential for playing time, even though he will have to sit out a year after transferring and won't be able to play until the 2010 season.

"I did see the potential," he said. "Even though the situation was how it is, I'm still impressed by the system and the guys that are actually playing and how effective they were.

"They've got a lot of talent on both sides of the ball that can help develop me. Of course you got Josh and Scotty and Markques who can push me and help me become a better player and on defense they've got solid cornerbacks and safeties that can help me, too. I definitely see the opportunity to get better at Colorado."

Clemons is studying sociology at Michigan and said he intends to keep the same major no matter where he goes. He said he was impressed by CU's academic standing. He met with academic advisers and toured the campus.

"It's a gorgeous campus, even with the snow," Clemons said. "I got to see the Rocky Mountains. I went to elementary school reading about the Rocky Mountains and actually seeing them was a great experience. There is nothing like it. It was breathtaking."

Clemons said Colorado coaches didn't hit him with any pressure or a sales pitch. They just answered his questions and encouraged him to take his time making the right decision. Clemons is leaving Michigan after spending two years in the program and not feeling like he was being used the right way. He earned minimal playing time with the Wolverines catching 12 passes for 106 yards. He said making the right decision this time around is even more critical to his fiture.

In order to be eligible to receive financial aid at another Division I institution, Clemons must leave Michigan in good academic standing. He said he is focusing on wrapping up the spring semester in strong fashion so he can get a new start in June.

Clemons, like many others before him, was surprised to find out how nice the weather is in Boulder the majority of the year. He visited during a weekend in which rain showers and snowstorms kept most activities indoors. But the conditions didn't bother him.

"The coaching staff showed me the 10-day forecast and I was extremely jealous," he said.

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