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Summarized by Kent Larsen

All-Arizona tackle signs with BYU
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 20Feb00 S2
By Paul Coro: The Arizona Republic

PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- All-Arizona football player James Clement chose which college he would attend based on which school would wait for him to serve a mission. The only school willing to wait turned out to be BYU, and Clement won a scholarship to BYU and signed a letter of intent to attend last week.

Clement, who is 6 feet 4 and 300 pounds, received offers from New Mexico State and Nevada in addition to BYU, and talked with ASU staff about attending there. However, ASU, Clement's first choice, made it clear that they were not willing to wait for him to go on a mission. The mission will mean that Clement won't play until the 2003 season.

BYU then asked Clement to wait a little while before signing a letter of commitment so that a scholarship would open up - and it did, putting Clement on BYU's squad -- in 2003. "It was a big relief to sign," Clement said. "I was worried that if I waited too long, there would be nothing left."

Clement was a three-year letterman for Trevor Browne High School, which was this year's Southwest Region champion. He was named to the Arizona Republic's first-tema All-Arizona team last season.


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