Latest Trip to Auburn Impresses Defensive End

Antonneous "Tony" Clayton checked out the Auburn football program again and said he was impressed by what he witnessed.

Vienna, Ga.--Four-star defensive end prospect Antonneous Clayton was on the Auburn campus on Saturday to watch the team’s first preseason football practice in full pads and notes that he was impressed.

“I got a chance to meet with Coach (Gus), Malzahn, Coach Scott (Fountain) and Coach Garner,” the senior at Dooley County High School said. “I got a chance to see an actual college practice. The tempo is intense as I don’t know what.

“It was even better than my last visit,” said Clayton, who got a scholarship offer from the Tigers in the spring. “I got a chance to see the big stadium scoreboard, and I was one of the first to see that, and I was impressed. Overall, the whole visit was amazing.

“I learned a lot of things watching Coach Garner coach the defensive linemen and Coach (Will) Muschamp coaching the linebackers--how they get off, their explosiveness, how they use their hands and also how they get to the quarterback.”

A prospect the Tigers are looking at as a potential “buck,” a cross between an end and a linebacker, Clayton watched Auburn junior Carl Lawson and was impressed. “Carl Lawson is going to be their guy,” he said, noting that is a position he could see himself playing if he chooses the Tigers.

Antonneous Clayton has offers from a variety of colleges.

A prospect with lots of scholarship offers who says he has no favorite at this time and is not in a hurry to make his college choice, how interested is the 6-3, 219-pounder in the Tigers? “I would say that Auburn is up there, really up there. I like the community,” he said.

From the same high school as Auburn junior Montravius Adams, he watched Garner coach Adams, who is competing for a starting spot at defensive tackle. Clayton pointed out that one of the things he likes about the program is that the players and coaches work well together, noting it is more like a “father/son relationship” than like a coach and player relationship.

Clayton added that he will plans to return to Auburn later this year. “I will probably make an official visit,” he said.

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