If the Florida Gators have recruited any single position particularly well under Jim McElwain, it is running back. On Thursday, with the commitment of New Jersey athlete Iverson Clement, we got a reminder of that — and a glimpse of what it might be like to pair McElwain’s reputation for producing excellent runners with new running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider’s history of doing the same.
Clement made a scheduled announcement of his commitment just before 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Twitter.
Let's eat! If you ain't a Gator, you Gator bait❗️ #AllBite18 pic.twitter.com/MlvnDF4SCg— Iverson Clement (@Swaggy__ai) April 13, 2017
Seider followed with a tweet of his own.
Take it to the house— JaJuan Seider (@coachseider) April 13, 2017
Clement is a four-star athlete in the 247Sports Composite, and just within the Composite’s top 300 players in the 2018 class, making him Florida’s highest-rated offensive commit in the cycle. He held offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee, among other programs, and was considered a lean to the Buckeyes earlier this year.
He’s committing to the Gators as a running back, and his highlights show the burst and agility — especially in a penchant for sticking his foot in the ground and cutting — that could make him successful in that role.
He’s most famous for one incredible (and brilliantly-filmed) rep at a camp captured by Bleacher Report last summer.
Class of 2018 ATH Iverson Clement leaves this defender in the dust! (via @BR_TheFuture) https://t.co/x7CP4B9swk— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) May 1, 2016
And, yes: He’s named after Allen Iverson, thanks to an older brother who had input and a father named Allen.
Clement is Florida’s sixth commit in the 2018 class. With his commitment, the Gators are up to No. 18 in the 247Composite-based team class rankings for the cycle — one spot behind Kansas, one spot ahead of BYU, two spots ahead of Duke, and five spots ahead of Alabama.
So no, you shouldn’t worry too much about where Florida sits right now. In this life, few things are more subject to change than recruiting rankings.