Large Lineman Likes Nall, Tigers

Big Nick Claytor discusses his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

Gainesville, Ga.--One of the biggest recruiting targets in the Southeast for the class of 2007 is 6-6, 310-pound tackle prospect Nick Claytor at Gainesville High School.

Claytor along with his teammate C.J. Wood made the trek to Auburn for a summer football camp.

Although, he didn't take part in the drills or combine testing, Claytor says he still had plenty to do and learn on his one-day trip to the Plains. "I was able to come up to that camp and watch my teammate go through some drills and got a chance to visit with Coach (Hugh) Nall, Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (Will) Muschamp," he explains.

"Then, I got the chance to watch the one-on-one drills and got the chance to see my boy C.J. just dominate," he adds.

Claytor says that he got to spend a good bit of time with another big-time Georgia prep standout at the camp as well.

"When I was there and speaking with Coach Nall, Antwane Greenlee came in," he notes. "You know, a lot of people have said a lot of things on the internet, but I got the chance to know Antwane and he is a real cool person. Then, we spent some time together walking around seeing the camp and seeing how those guys were performing."

After getting the chance to take in everything Auburn had to offer, Claytor says that he came away very impressed.

"I feel like this is going to be one of the top schools when I make my decision on where I am going to go, and Coach Nall gave me some great reasons to come to Auburn," he notes. "The depth chart, I could come in on the second string off the bat. Academically, they are like top three in the nation in APR so you can't ask for better than that. They are also one of the top teams in the nation in wins the past few years. I mean, it doesn't get much better than this."

Claytor has offers from colleges across the country.

He also notes that having the chance to learn from someone like Nall is certainly a positive for the Tigers. "I spent a lot of time with Coach Nall when I was up there," he says. "I just talked to him about my situation, how he has coached people in the past, how many people he has put in the NFL and how he treats people here.

"He told me he is going to coach me hard," the big lineman continues. "He was being straight up with me and up front with me about how he was going to coach me, and I just had a good time meeting him and getting to know him."

Heading in to the 2006 football season there will be eyes from around the country focused squarely on Gainesville High with both Claytor and Wood making life difficult for opposing linemen, and the talented tackle prospect says he expects his team to live up to the expectations.

"This season is going to be one of the best seasons," he says about playing as a senior with his talented teammate. "A state championship that is what we are hoping for. After that we are going to go ahead and go on to the next level and we may go together."



2006 Inside the Auburn Tigers Auburn Football Guide


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories