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Tight End Clear Commits To Texas A&M

Arizona Western Community College tight end Cameron Clear has committed to Texas A&M.

Arizona Western coach Tom Minnick confirmed the commitment to ESPN RecruitingNation.

“He’s an SEC kid,” Minnick said. “He’s a big, physical, good-looking kid that everybody wanted. He did a great job for us blocking and we use our tight ends a ton.”

Clear played in 12 games for Tennessee as a freshman in 2011 before he was dismissed from the team in May following an arrest on a felony theft charge. Clear pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft in July.

Clear chose Texas A&M over offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and San Diego State.

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Report: Vols Freshman Bonner Suspect In Campus Theft

Tennessee freshman cornerback Deion Bonner is a suspect in the theft of a stolen phone on UT’s campus.

From Rivals site Volquest.com:

“Bonner, the Vols’ freshman defensive back from Columbus, Ga., has not yet been charged but is listed as the suspect for a stolen cell phone from UT’s Health Physical Education and Rec building (HYPER) that stems from an alleged incident mid-day on Halloween. The missing cell phone was reported to UTPD shortly before 5 p.m. The report lists it as theft or attempted theft of an item valued under $500.”

UT officials have yet to comment, according to Volquest’s report.

Bonner has a history involving theft. He was arrested along with two Carver High School teammates in April 2011 and charged with stealing iPods and iPhones from the University of Georgia football locker room.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley addressed his decision to sign Bonner on Feb. 1, saying he believed Bonner had learned from his past mistakes.

“Deion, we did a lot of diligence on the situation,” Dooley said at the time. “Deion was incredibly truthful. He was incredibly remorseful. And I don’t know of a high school player who had to pay the piper more for what they did than what he had to go through.”

Bonner would be the second Tennessee player in the past six months to be involved in a campus theft. Tight end Cameron Clear was dismissed from the team in May following an arrest for stealing a laptop.

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Tennessee Dismisses Tight End Clear

Tennessee has dismissed tight end Cameron Clear following his Tuesday arrest on felony theft charges, the school announced in a release.

Clear had been suspended indefinitely on Wednesday.

“It hurts anytime a player is dismissed from the program, but there comes a time when a player’s actions dictate that his privilege of being a part of this team should be removed,” UT coach Derek Dooley said in the release. “We will continue to support Cam and his family to help him learn from his actions and become the person and player I believe he has the potential to be.”

That potential could be in the NFL. Regarded as one of the top in-state prospects when he signed with the Vols in 2011, Clear was expected to play an increased role with the team this fall after playing in all 12 games as a true freshman last fall.

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UT Suspends Clear After Arrest

Derek Dooley has decided to suspend tight end Cameron Clear indefinitely following his arrest on felony theft charges yesterday.  Clear was found in possession of the Mac laptop that had been reported stolen by Tennessee baseball player Brandon Zajac.

“We are continuing the process of gathering more information,” a UT spokesperson said.

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UT Tight End Arrested For Stealing… From A Fellow Athlete

For the past couple of weeks, the University of Tennessee athletic department has been denying reports from WVLZ-AM and nixing questions asked by WNML-AM/FM in Knoxville regarding Volunteer tight end Cameron Clear.  Word had leaked out that Clear had been caught stealing property from his teammates and other athletes.  A UT spokesperson even told at least one reporter that Derek Dooley was quite unhappy that such claims would ever be made in public.

Well, fast forward to yesterday when Clear was indeed arrested on a felony theft charge.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the sophomore was still in jail this morning needing $2,500 bond to get out.  (Charged with theft of more than $1,000, too bad he couldn’t barter his way out.)

Clear was caught by police after using the stolen Mac laptop of Tennessee baseball player Brandon Zajac.  There have been reports that Vol football players have found Clear in possession of their belongings, too.

The same UT spokesman who’d been denying that Clear had stolen anything from his teammates had this to say yesterday: “We are aware of an incident involving Cameron and are in the process of gathering the facts.”

Clear caught only one pass last year but he was a 4-star signee in Tennessee’s class of 2011.

Dooley was in Atlanta last night speaking to a Vol booster club.

The news on Clear certainly shines new light on Dooley’s decision to sign 4-star defensive back Deion Bonner this past February.  Bonner, you might recall, was one of three recruits arrested during a 2010 recruiting trip in Athens for stealing iPods and iPhones out of Georgia’s locker room.

After signing Bonner, Dooley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

 

“We do a lot of diligence when we recruit, and we certainly recognize that there are no perfect players and we all make mistakes as young people…

“He kept a great attitude and a great outlook, and I saw someone who made a bad mistake and appears willing to learn from it and to let it make him a better person. So we were willing to take a chance on Deion. Part of character is not saying ‘I only want perfect people.’ We’re all flawed and we all make mistakes. The question is: Do you have the character to learn from it and get it right?”

 

Readers of this site know that yours truly is big on second and third and fourth chances (in life, if not on sports teams).  And here’s hoping Clear is either cleared of these charges or turns his life around as a result of them.

That said, what does it say about the character of UT’s football coach and his spokespeople when they choose to mislead the press — and therefore their own fanbase — when confronted with questions about things they know to be true?

An on a sidenote to Dooley: If Clear returns to Tennessee’s team, it might be best if he and Bonner not room together.

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Offensive Lineman Clear Chooses UT

The #2 prospect in the state of Tennessee is staying home to play football for Derek Dooley’s Volunteers.  Offensive tackle Cameron Clear announced today that he had chosen UT over Alabama, Duke and Memphis.  (Duke and Memphis?)

Clear said his decision was based on relationships and a feeling of comfort.

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