The New York Jets announced tonight that former Texas A&M defensive Micheal Clemons had agreed to terms with the team. Per Rich Cimini with ESPN’s NFL NationClemons signed a four-year, 4.4 million deal that included a $ 896K signing bonus.
The Jets have signed fourth-round pick Michael Clemons, the team announced. It’s a four-year, 4.4M contract for the former Texas A&M DE. It includes an $ 896K signing bonus. #Jets
– Rich Cimini (RichCimini) June 23, 2022
“I feel like he’s one of the nastier players in the entire draft,” general manager Joe Douglas said. “His physicality, the edge that he plays with, the toughness that he brings, we don’t think you can have enough of that on this team.”
Clemons was chosen by the New York Jets in the fourth round (No. 117 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft. He enjoyed a stellar final season in Aggieland, tallying up 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The highlights of the season for him included a 24 yard fumble return for a touchdown that broke that game wide open as well as a three sack outing versus LSU in the 2021 finale.
At one point in the 2020 season Clemons was leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks but he was injured in the Arkansas game and per A&M boss Jimbo Fisher underwent surgery the following week on his ankle. He never returned to the field but still finished with 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks playing the edge rush position in Mike Elko‘s defense.
Clemons was an interesting story as he attended Sache High School outside of Dallas but didn’t receive any offers since he missed virtually all of his last two high school seasons due to injuries and transfer rules. He redshirted as a freshman at Cisco and only played in 2016, again missing time due to injury. Nonetheless, his size / speed ratio attracted the attention of coaches from across the country and he ended up obtaining offers from multiple Power 5 programs before he had even played a down at Cisco. The three star rated prospect in the 247 Sports Composite chose the Aggies over Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Ole Miss after an unofficial visit in December 2016.
Clemons came along very slowly once he arrived at A&M in the summer of 2017. Then Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin noted that despite his notoriety as a signee (which included audience questions to Sumlin on various coach’s nights around the state of Texas), he came into fall camp somewhat behind at defensive end. He had to get his associates degree and so he did not arrive until the second summer session. The first week of fall camp they put a heart monitor on him and his heart rate was high. He had never been in a three point stance until his arrival at College Station.
He registered 19 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack after appearing in all 13 games. He recorded a season-high six tackles and a half sack in his only start of the season at LSU but it was enough to convince people that there was enormous potential once Clemons adjusted to the college game and had an off season in a college program. He was installed as the starter at the five tech end position in Jimbo Fisher’s first spring in Aggieland and held on to the spot throughout his first spring on campus. However, he suffered a leg injury in fall camp that required surgery and he missed the 2018 season. He stayed healthy for the most part in 2019, playing in 11 games and making nine starts. He tallied four tackles and one tackle for loss in the win over Oklahoma State in the Aggies’ bowl game.
Carper played in all 12 games in 2019, making four starts. He finished the fourth season on the team with 51 tackles which included the Auburn game when he led the defense with eight tackles (1.5 for loss). He also led the defense with 10 tackles in the win over Arkansas in making a start. He tallied four tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over Mississippi State, led the defense with eight tackles, including a sack for a nine yard loss against UTSA, and also made six tackles in the regular season finale at LSU. He earned the Defensive Leadership, Junior Academic Excellence and Top Conditioned Athlete Awards at the annual team banquet.
He appeared in 11 games in 2018 as a sophomore, compiling 13 tackles and two pass breakups. He was given the Strength and Conditioning Defensive Aggie Award at the team’s annual banquet. He even saw the field quite often as a freshman in 2017, recording 26 tackles including a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in 12 games. This included back-to-back six tackle games against Mississippi State and Auburn. The first start of his career came in the bowl game against Wake Forest when he recorded four tackles.