This is an excellent hire for Oklahoma State that on the field will give them a young and fiery defensive line coach that has a very solid football background that compliments what Oklahoma State will be doing under new defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.
It also solidifies recruiting in this region and helps in Texas as Clements has been one of the top recruiters for Kansas State under Snyder. During Snyder's time away from Kansas State, Clements expanded his coaching resume geographically going to San Diego State and he also served as an assistant at Kansas.
Again, he has been at Kansas State for 11 years starting as a student coach when he completed his eligibility, which started as a walk-on. He lettered for four seasons as a defensive lineman and finished with 107 career tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks.
A native of Emporia, Kan., and the son of a former Emporia State football player he should be very familiar with current Cowboy recruiting commitment Jerel Morrow.
Below is a recap from the Kansas State football media guide of his coaching career at Kansas State and his two other stops with an emphasis on the few seasons back under Bill Snyder.
Clements tutored All-Big 12 defensive end Meshak Williams last season as the Wildcats made significant strides on defense, particularly in the running game. K-State ranked fifth in total defense and fourth in rush defense in the Big 12 last season.
In 2009, Clements coached All-Big 12 defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald and helped a Wildcat defense improve from 117th nationally in 2008 to No. 39 in total defense. Fitzgerald went on to sign a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs after collecting 40 tackles, 10 for losses, and 7.0 sacks as a senior to lead the Wildcat defensive front.
Clements has been a part of 12 bowl games as both a player and coach at K-State and served a total of 10 seasons on Snyder's staff, the final six as an assistant coach in charge of the defensive ends. He also served as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator in 2004 and 2005.
In 2008, Clements coached the defensive line at Kansas and tutored All-Big 12 selections Caleb Blakesley and Jake Laptad. Prior to his stint in Lawrence, Clements was an assistant coach (defensive line) at San Diego State in 2006 and 2007, which included a role as the Aztec's recruiting coordinator in 2007.
In his first year mentoring Kansas State's defensive ends in 2003, Clements' unit helped the Wildcats lead the nation in sacks in 2003. The unit was also integral in helping K-State finish the year sixth in the nation in total defense, eighth in scoring defense, 12th in pass efficiency defense and 17th in rushing defense.
It marked the second straight season that the Wildcats finished in top 10 nationally in both total and scoring defense, and the seventh consecutive year that K-State ranked in the top six in total defense. While at K-State, Clements coached one of the most prolific defensive ends in school history, Andrew Shull, who ranks among the top 10 in three sack categories in school history and was a second team All-Big 12 selection in 2003.
And Clements' touch also continued in 2004 and 2005 as Scott Edmonds was named second team All-Big 12 by the Dallas Morning News in 2004 and Alphonso Moran garnered Freshman All-America and All-Big 12 honors in 2005.
Clements is married (Pelusa) and has three children (Orianna, Chance, Emma, and Kaden).
I personally have run across Clements on several occasions when he has been recruiting in Oklahoma and also in talking to area high school coaches about him. He has an impressive repuatation and seems to really relate to players, especially defensive linemen, which is most critical.
I think this is a very good hire as he brings immediate background and knowledge in football and recruiting, and of the competition in both that can help the program.
Oddly enough, as pointed out to me by Jimmie Tramel of The Tulsa World, this is not the first time Clements has come in following Bill Young. Kansas had to have a defensive line coach after Young left for Oklahoma State. Then KU head coach Mark Mangino tapped into his K-State roots and hired Clements to coach the Jayhawks defensive line.