Something to think about for Burton

Clemson gave top-flight attention to a Sunshine State defensive end visiting during Saturday's Junior Day.

DE Clay Burton Profile

CUTigers caught up with Venice High School defensive end Clay Burton as he was riding back to Atlanta from Clemson.

In Tigertown with his mom and two uncles, the trip left everyone walking away impressed.

"It was a great trip. It was good to get my mom up there and spend some time with my uncles, take a serious look with them," Burton said. "It was just unbelievable."

He said his mom came into the weekend with an open mind.

"She didn't make any expectations from them. Coach (Dabo) Swinney and coach (Brad) Scott, all the love they showed me, she was just blown away," Burton said.

At the end of the day, he and his family spent "at least" 30 minutes in Swinney's office with Scott and Swinney. The conversation was less about football and more about character.

"They really made me feel special, all the time (Scott) spent with me…it just made me feel like the number one player in the nation that they would sit down with me like that," Burton said.

The meeting was easily the favorite part of the day. His second favorite was rubbing the rock and running down the hill.

Though Clemson still leads, a recent offer from Notre Dame was a "curve ball" in Burton's recruitment.

"I'm definitely going to take a look and go up there. That's really why I really haven't committed so early to Clemson," he said. "I definitely want to take a look at Notre Dame because I know if I'm 40-years-old and think back, ‘Why didn't I go visit Notre Dame?' I'd be kicking myself.

"I have a feeling there's going to be something different about Clemson." Top Stories