Tigers in control for Fla. DE

ATLANTA - Clemson sits in the driver's seat for a 2011 Sunshine State defensive tackle that was in Duluth, Ga. Sunday for the Scout Showcase.

DE Clay Burton Profile

Not quite ready to pull the trigger on committing to Clemson, Venice High School (Fla.) defensive end Clay Burton says the Tigers are definitely at the top of his early list.

"I don't want to (commit) so early, but they're definitely a high, high number one," he said. "They're in front of everybody, head and shoulders above."

Simply put, Burton wants to see how things play out.

"I just want to see all the opportunities I can get. I plan on taking all of my visits," he said.

Since an offer was extended at the end of his sophomore year, Burton's interest in the Tigers has continued to grow.

In addition, Clemson offensive line coach Brad Scott was recently in town to watch Burton to play basketball.

"It was the second one he'd been to and we won both of them. I called him later that night and he told me good job, way to get the win--stuff like that," Burton said.

Lately, coaches from Miami, South Florida and Notre Dame have stopped to check in.

"The coach from Notre Dame was down most recently. He was really recruiting me hard, which surprised me," Burton said.

Along with Clemson, his offers include: Stanford, Purdue, Florida International.

"Notre Dame was everything but an offer. They want me to come up there, see the school and stuff. I plan on going up there this spring," Burton said.

On Feb. 20, he'll be in Clemson for junior day.

With an uncle in Atlanta, Burton likes that family's right down I-85 from Tigertown.

"That's a big factor. It's about two hours away from Clemson. I just fly up to Atlanta and drive the rest of the way to Clemson. He could be a part of it. That's cool," he said.

"It's huge to have uncles here, who I'm really close to. It's just like being at home or being in Gainesville, something like that. It's the same distance."

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