Mountaineers Land Clayton

Appalachian State landed a pair of commitments this week as Houston Fancher was busy. The Mountaineers didn't have to leave the state of North Carolina two add the prospects.

Jeremy Clayton was Appalachian State's top target throughout last spring and summer. They fought the good fight and in the end, the Greensboro Smith forward caught the drift.

Instead of VCU, Marshall, North Carolina A&T, Winthrop and the College of Charleston, he picked the Mountaineers.

"They've been in it for the longest and I liked their style of play," Clayton said. "The coaching staff showed the most interest in me. They're going to take care of me up there and the academic support is good."

Smith head coach Art Wade raves about his player. "I think Jeremy's a kid that's working hard on his face-up game. The bigger schools may have shied away because he's in between positions. He's such a good and passive kid that if you put him in an AAU environment, he's a team player and some of those events require you to have the go get it mentality. He's full of energy and he's learning how to be a leader."

Clayton said that in addition to coach Houston Fancher, Mountaineers assistant Matt McMahon had a lot to do with his recruitment. "I really can't explain it, he sent me stuff after every game he saw he. He was jacked up about how I played after every game he saw me."

The Mountaineers didn't stop with just Clayton. They landed Charlotte Christian forward Vincent James. A wiry forward, James has loads of athletic ability.

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