March 23, 2010

Clontz Visits Baylor During Spring Football

At 6-foot-8, 220 pounds, El Maton's Colt Clontz brings to the table a rare set of measurable that make him an imposing offensive threat for the Tidehaven Tigers. Although he has not received an official offer from any Division I schools as of yet, his combination of size and production - 84 catches for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns in his junior season alone - has created serious interest in him from schools around the country.

"I visited Baylor last week and it went really well," Clontz said. "It felt like they were really interested in me. When I walked in the room, all the coaches' eyes got big and I overheard them talking about how much they liked my height."

After being shown around campus, Clontz got the chance to observe one of Baylor's full-pad spring practices at their brand new Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor practice facility.

"The facilities overall were very nice," Clontz said. "They showed us the new weight room, the locker room, and their indoor practice facility where they were practicing because of how cold it was. I really liked how they run practices. The tight end coach told me they were going to be really fast paced, and he meant it. I liked everything about it."

Although a tight end by classification, Clontz has predominantly been used split out wide as a receiver in Tidehaven's spread offense - a fact the Baylor coaches have taken notice of during his evaluation.

"The coaches told me they like that I've played both split out and down as a normal right end," Clontz said. "I know how to block in space because of it. They are looking for a guy who can clock a linebacker while playing inside and can get out wide and take out a safety."

"We talked some about the different ways they use their tight ends. In one set, they like to split them out wide to where they are more of a receiving tight end, and In another, they like to run a double tight end set where their tight end puts his hand down."

Though he has taken visits to Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU over the last year, Art Briles and his staff made Clontz feel the most welcome so far.

"I really felt like Baylor was really interested in me," Clontz said. "Coach Theo Young was there waiting for us when we got there. We talked for a while about how they're bettering the program and then he brought me in to watch film of the tight ends they have and introduced me to Coach Briles and a bunch of other coaches and players."

"After practice, even with a bunch of other high school players there, the coach called me over to break the team out. It made me feel special. I just felt really comfortable there and loved everything about their practice."

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