At the MSR Developmental Combine last March, I told John Glenn High School junior WR/DB Joseph Clifford that I would see him play this fall. Last Friday night I did just that.
John Glenn High School had a first round playoff game with Bloom Carroll High School. John Glenn won the game, but, more importantly for me, I was able to watch Joseph Clifford. And he played well.
Joseph plays wide receiver and corner. A slender 6’0-165, but he runs well. Will need to add weight and strength and continue to get faster. Really liked his initial quickness. He has good hips. Also liked the way he paid attention to detail with his cuts and change of direction.
As a corner, he recovers well. Thought that he back pedaled and reacted to the ball. Also like his range. Made good effort on run support. Needs to get bigger/stronger, which will make quicker/faster.
Best position maybe as a wide receiver. Soft hands. Liked his concentration and focus on the ball. Ran disciplined routes. Good initial quickness off the ball. Ran sharp crisp routes. Will go across the middle. Caught a long pass, but was out of bounds.
Really his wide receiver presence. Comes back for the ball. Willing to block. Runs well after the catch. Going into the game., believe that he had 28 catches for 498 yards and 5 TDs.
Last year as a sophomore, he ran the 300 hurdles in the OHSAA State Track Meet. Believe a 39.6. Also lowered his 110 HH time over the season. At the MSR combine, he ran a 4.3/proshuttle and 7.2/L-cone.
One to watch. Not there yet. Getting bigger/stronger in the off season will be huge. Like his toughness and competitive attitude. The off season is really important to him.
Joseph Clifford didn’t play as well as he might have liked last Friday. But, I liked some of the little things that he did. As he gets bigger, he is definitely one to watch over the summer.