Clinton signs with D-1 Wyoming; Smith inks with ACCAC's Glendale
Originally Published: February 5, 2015 6:01 a.m.
PRESCOTT, Arizona - Prescott High senior tailback Skylor Clinton signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning, Feb. 4, to play college football on a full-ride scholarship for NCAA Division 1 University of Wyoming this fall.On National Signing Day, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior, who made the announcement from the school's Dome, became the first Badger under fourth-year coach Cody Collett to receive an offer from a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program."It's a great experience," Clinton said. "I've been focused on this moment from when I was a child, and it's just a dream come true."Related: 2014 All-Courier High School Football TeamClinton, a 2014 All-Courier selection, played two seasons for the Badgers after transferring from rival Bradshaw Mountain. During that time he was a sturdy, speedy running back, defensive back and kickoff/punt return specialist.He said he might play outside linebacker and/or tight end at Wyoming. Collett sees him as a possible pass-rushing defensive end.In the 2014 season, Clinton rushed for 1,440 yards on 188 carries (7.7 yards per tote) and 21 TDs in 10 games. He earned Division 3, Section 4 Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors after running for at least 100 yards in seven of those 10 contests, while registering one of the all-time best single-season rushing campaigns in school history.With a Wyoming hat on and other Cowboys memorabilia by his side at the signing table, Clinton said he chose the school over a few others because its Laramie, Wyoming-based campus "felt like home" when he went on a visit there. Laramie sits at an elevation of 7,200 feet and has a population of about 31,000. Prescott's a mile high with a population of around 40,000."It's a small-town atmosphere, and it looks good - and definitely schooling, gettin' that paid for," Clinton said of his rationale for choosing Wyoming. "They have a good athletic program."He also likes Wyoming's facilities and that "the program is on track" to being successful.Clinton, who plans to major in sports medicine, said Western Illinois, Boise State and the University of Arizona also contacted him during the recruiting process.He will head off to Wyoming the first week of July, in time to begin working out for the Cowboys this summer.In the meantime, Clinton said he'll stay in the gym and "keep focused" on the task at hand.Collett said he's spoken with Wyoming's coaches a couple times to assist Clinton, but that his star's body of work spoke for itself.The coach added that it's been at least 18 years since a Badgers football player went Division 1. Former PHS tailback Brady Mengarelli went the Division 1-AA route a few years ago. In three years, Collett's had eight of his players sign letters to play college ball."Obviously his performance on the field and his grades were good, and he has all the characteristics they're looking for in a Division 1 football player," Collett said of Clinton. "It's just a tribute to him and all the work that he's put in. I'm really proud of him and happy for him. And I know he'll represent his family and himself and PHS very, very well at Wyoming."Badger tight end Elijah Smith signs with Glendale C.C.Prescott tight end Elijah Smith, another 2014 All-Courier selection, inked a letter of intent to dress for Glendale Community College this fall.The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Smith led the Badgers in receiving in 2014. In 10 games, he hauled in 18 passes for 416 yards and seven touchdowns. His 23.1-yard average per catch also paced PHS.Junior College powerhouse Glendale has won three national titles, two of which came as recently as 2000 and 2005, in its history.Smith said he wants to study criminal justice in college. He added that he's looking forward to playing alongside former Badger Jared Tiefenthaler, who's entering his second season with the Gauchos.Smith added that he'll lift, run and throw the ball around over the spring and summer months to prepare for preseason practices."It's really exciting," he said. "Hopefully, I'll get in there and play a lot. I hope it develops new opportunities (to play at a four-year school)."Follow Doug Cook on Twitter @dougout_dc