The 76ers made it back to the playoffs after a five-year absence, and the 5-10, 190-pound Clodfelter was one of the biggest reasons.

On the recruiting radar of several Division I colleges, including Cincinnati and Ohio University, the first-team all-district selection in Division II finished the regular season with an area-best 2,137 yards and 15 touchdowns on 264 attempts (8.1 average). In a Region 7 quarterfinal Oct. 31, Clodfelter rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown as the 76ers lost to Louisville 60-24 to finish 7-4.

"Devin's a great kid," coach Alan Jones said. "He's a real shy kid but he's one of our leaders. If you look at our history, even before I got here, Independence has always had great running backs. To me at Independence, having a great running back is the norm."