CB Marcus Clayton Update

Marcus Clayton is one of the top defensive backs in the state of Florida, and he has several top notch programs looking his direction, including the Tigers. Here is the latest on one of Sunshine State's fastest defensive prospects.

To put it simply, Marcus Clayton (5'8,170,4.4) is a flat out speedster.

Running consistently under 4.4 in the 40 is perhaps what he's most known for, but he's also a legitimate playmaker on the football field. He finished the 2001 season with 50 tackles and 7 INTs and he also returned 2 kickoffs for scores.

So, who has offered this dynamite athlete thusfar in the recruiting process?

The Clemson Tigers have, and also the Iowa Hawkeyes. "I've got two offers right now. Iowa and Clemson- although I've been hearing from a whole bunch of schools," says Clayton.

Clayton, who is only a little over 5'8, indicates that his strength helps him make up the size difference. "I am stronger than most wide receivers and I think that helps me make up from being a little smaller. Plus, I have great speed to cover and great make up speed. Playing against the bigger guys is a challenge and they bring out the best in me."

His coach sure seems to think so.

"He should wear the letter 'S" because he is Superman. He is faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. The kid is just awesome," says his Head Coach Shelton Crews.

Clayton matched up with one of South Carolina's top wide receivers in Terrell Allen at the NIKE camp in Georgia several weeks back. It was one of the most talked about matchups in camp as the two battled back and forth in several drills.

Clayton's father, Willie Evers, was a cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, so he has some outstanding talent in his bloodlines. With his pure speed and quickness, a whole range of schools have been in constant contact.

"I'd say right now that LSU, Florida State, Clemson, Tennessee, and Miami are all up there. I hear from those schools all the time, but I only have two offers right now," says Clayton.

Marcus isn't only a stud on the football field, he also carries a 3.0 GPA and he projects as a full qualifier.

We'll continue to keep you updated as we receive more information on Marcus Clayton, but this is a kid that we should all keep an eye on this fall. Remember, the Tigers grabbed a great out of Tallahassee just last year in Buddy Williams, there is no reason why they can't do it again.

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