Posted: 4:56 pm Monday, July 20th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Glades Central senior Clive Walford, who did not play football last season, gave the University of Miami a verbal commitment Monday. Walford (6-6, 225) is expected to play tight end and defensive end for the Raiders this season.
The interesting facet to Walford’s story is that he is even more accomplished in basketball than he is football. He said he has discussed playing both with Miami’s staff, but does not know yet if he will attempt to play two sports.
“I’ve played one game of football and got a lot of attention,” Walford said. “Basketball is still my first love.”
Walford also has offers from Purdue, Indiana and Florida International. FIU and Purdue approached him about playing basketball, too. Several other schools, including Kansas, talked to him about being a two-sport athlete but have not come forward with scholarship offers at this point.
The biggest appeal to Walford about the Hurricanes’ is their rich football tradition.
“It feels cool to be in that,” he said. “I like their history, the players they’ve had come through here.”
Walford was an all-area basketball player for the Raiders last season and has a skill set reminiscent of LeBron James. He is a strong enough to bang in the post but has enough quickness to drive the lane. His outside shot has been improving consistently over the past three years as well.
Walford averaged 12.8 points and 15.5 rebounds for Glades Central as a junior on the basketball team and should be the area’s top returning player this winter. He reiterated Monday that he will play his senior season of basketball for the Raiders.
Walford was a tight end for the Raiders as a freshman, but did not play any football as a sophomore or junior. He told the Post in January he was planning to try football again and had a solid spring session.