Clement could prove the final piece for Maryville College

Maryville High School senior Caleb Clement commits to play his college football at nearby Maryville College during ceremonies at the high school last week. Accompanying Clement are, seated, left to right, younger sister Callie, mom Janet and dad Tommy. Standing, left to right, are Maryville High assistant coach Wayne Thompson and head coach George Quarles.

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Maryville High School senior Caleb Clement commits to play his college football at nearby Maryville College during ceremonies at the high school last week. Accompanying Clement are, seated, left to right, younger sister Callie, mom Janet and dad Tommy. Standing, left to right, are Maryville High assistant coach Wayne Thompson and head coach George Quarles.

Daring, sure hands, big hitter, Caleb Clement is the kind of player that can do it all for a football team. Just getting a commitment from the Maryville High School senior could prove the thing that carries Maryville College the last mile.

The Scots have never reached the Division III playoffs. Coming off a 7-3 mark a year ago, adding Clement to the roster could just do the trick.

“I think he’s a guy that can play in a couple of different places,” Maryville High coach George Quarles said. “The best thing you can say about Caleb is he’s a winner. I’d take a whole team of Caleb Clements, and we’d win a lot of games.”

They already have.

Clement capped his high school career at last December’s BlueCross Bowl, where the Rebels won their fourth consecutive Class 4A state championship, winning the program’s 60th consecutive game in the process.

Clement played an integral part in the march, recording 47 tackles in his final campaign from his defensive back position, including six tackles for loss. He would add a pair of interceptions and 13 passes broken up. Offensively, Clement added 19 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.

Helping a burgeoning Maryville College program reach postseason is Job 1, Clement said.

“That’s a big part of it,” he said. “I see myself as a cornerback, but I’ll do whatever needs to be done.”

It’s the kind of thing Scots coach Tony Ierulli believes could be the final piece of the puzzle.

“I think he’s just fits in well with the players on our team,” Ierulli said. “I think he’s just a hard-nosed athlete.”

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