The 6-4, 250-pound offensive tackle is scheduled to be on the Auburn campus this weekend for an official visit. He notes that Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall is recruiting him to be a specially invited walk-on for the 2006 season after watching video of the lineman who earned All-State honors as a senior.
After missing his sophomore season with a collarbone injury, Clifton was a two-year starter who as a senior helped his team post a 12-1 record that included a 24-7 victory over Porter Gaud in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association AAA State Championship Game.
Although Augusta Christian School is located in Georgia, the team plays its games in a South Carolina league. "We do that because there is more good competition close to our school in that state," he notes.
Clifton says he is excited about his visit to Auburn, particularly because he grew up in an AU family. "Both of my parents went to college at Auburn, my grandfather went to Auburn and I have other relatives who went to Auburn, too," he says.
The offensive lineman is currently on the mend after injuring his arm in the Shrine Classic All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C., a contest that matches top players from the independent school leagues in South Carolina and North Carolina. He notes that he is making a good recovery and plans to play baseball and throw the shot put for his school this spring.
"Coach Nall came to see me last Friday in Augusta and we sat down and we talked about the visit," says Clifton, who says he expects to enroll at Auburn this summer as a building science student. "I am pretty much set on playing college football at Auburn.
"I am coming to Auburn on Saturday," he adds. "I can't get there on Friday because I have a wedding to attend."
In addition to playing tackle, Clifton also has another skill that is usually in demand by college football teams. "I am a long snapper," he says. "I won the fastest snap contest at the Ray Guy Camp."