The old adage that "Defense wins championships" will be put to the test more than ever for East Mecklenburg in Charlotte, NC. East Mecklenburg lost 9 of 11 starters on offense, but returns 9 of 11 on defense including wrecking ball middle linebacker Robert Claitt.
At 6-0 and 225 pounds, Claitt is compact enough to dole out punishment for 4 quarters. Punishing people is something he did quite frequently as a junior wracking up 173 tackles. "I love to hit people," said Claitt with a laugh.
"I wrestle too. I was all conference last year. I went to the North Carolina camp this summer, but no, I don't have any offers yet. I'm wide open right now, but I guess I like North Carolina, Michigan State, South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, and NC State the most."
Claitt has staggering strength numbers as a junior with a 325 pounds bench and a 615 squat. His wrestling background is an advantage on the field as well. Shedding blocks and making open field tackles in the middle of the field are very similar skills that are found in wrestling. Claitt is also a standout student that projects as a full qualifier.
2003 Profile: LB Robert Claitt
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