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’25 QB/SS is versatile on and off the gridiron-drawing plenty of interest

Sam Clements is quite the athlete for Joe Chirico’s GRC High ball club. Clements is 5’11,” 165-pounds with a 30″ vertical, who squats 315 and bench presses 215. Clements threw for over 1,400-yards a year ago and 14-TDs while leading the club in yards gained from scrimmage with 563. He can also play strong safety and numerous ball clubs are recruiting him there equally with his being recruited as a dual threat QB. Sky is the limit for this guy entering his senior season.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

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We have been featuring versatility this offseason. Sam Clements from George Rogers Clark High (GRC) is among the more versatile athletes playing football across Kentucky in the 6A classification.

Dual-threat QBs, by definition, have to exhibit quite a bit of athletic versatility. Clements has done just that for Coach Joe Chirico’s Cardinals.

Clements was the ball club’s leading passer. In ’23, Clements threw for 1,405-yards, completing 118-passes on 217-passing attempts, for 14-TDs against only six (6)-thrown picks.

Clements was the ball club’s leading ground gainer. Clements gained 563-yards from scrimmage in 143-rushing attempts with 4-ground scores.

Clements led the Cardinals in yards gained from scrimmage rushing and throwing

KHSAA Statistical Website

Clements was fourth (4th) on the team in scoring. Before you scoff at that, and for the umpteenth time since coming online; remember, Clements threw 14-TD passes for which he didn’t get any “scoring” credit. Those throws were credited to the “receiver.”

Since most QBs throw more TDs than TDs scored over the ground, a QB “ranking” among a ball club’s leading scorers is somewhat novel and often significant. There’s a little HS football 101 coming at you!

Clements has a nice frame for a dual-threat QB. He also is quite athletic, strong, and powerful.

Clements is 5’11,” weighs 165-pounds, and bench presses 215-pounds while squatting 315. Clements has a 30″ vertical to go along with his other physical attributes.

Union College has already offered and Oberlin College is circling. If the Yeomen are recruiting Clements, grades can’t be an issue. Oberlin is among the finest liberal arts colleges in the country and it takes high marks to gain admission.

Last year, the Cardinals came out of the gate smoking hot, winning three of its first four games

KHSAA Statistical Website

Last year, the Cardinals came out of the gate smoking hot, winning three of its first four games. The Cardinals were winless across a tough stretch of games which saw them drop its game with Madison Central by only three (3) points.

The Cardinals have work to do to achieve the level of success the program expects and for which they brought Joe Chirico to Winchester from Paintsville. Having athletes like Clements running the offense, in ’24, certainly won’t hurt efforts.

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our products are superior and one of a kind; just like GRC’s, Sam Clements. 

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