Tigers holding on for lead

A recent trip to Atlanta has Georgia Tech making a push towards Clemson's outright lead for this 2011 defensive end from Florida.

DE Clay Burton Profile

CUTigers recently spoke to Venice High School defensive end Clay Burton, who visited Georgia Tech over the weekend.

Recruited by most schools as a defensive end, the Yellow Jackets are looking at him as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.

"I had really good talks with all of their staff. I met with coach (Paul) Johnson face to face and got a real good feel for their program, weight room, stadium and the school—stuff like that," Burton said.

Georgia Tech is close behind Clemson with Notre Dame in a tie for his second favorite.

"I had a really good trip to Georgia Tech. Clemson would still be my favorite, but not by much," he said.

It was Burton's first visit to Georgia Tech's campus, but he's familiar with area with uncles who live in Atlanta.

"I have family close, which is a big thing," Burton said.

Though he's yet to set a visit for his next trip to Clemson, Burton would like to get back to Tigertown.

"I wouldn't object to it. I love going there," he said.

Burton and offensive line coach Brad Scott are in regular touch.

"He usually e-mails me or I give him a call, either way. He just got on Facebook. I think I was one of his first friends that he added on Facebook. Now, we can talk like that," Burton said.

How soon a decision will be made is unknown right now, but he does plan to make it by November since he's graduating early.

Before that November timeframe, Burton would like to take some official visits.

"I'm thinking about Clemson, Georgia Tech, definitely Notre Dame, maybe Ole Miss and South Florida," he said. "I'm not sure. I'll have to see."

That could change, based on the offers that he may receive this spring. So far, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Purdue, South Florida, Rutgers and Florida International have all come through with theirs'.

Burton said he believes Florida, North Carolina, Miami and Georgia could be coming in soon.

His older brother, Trey, who enrolled at Florida in January as a quarterback, just wrapped up a solid set of spring practices.

"It's really fun watching him. It's really cool. I know if he can play at that level, I know I definitely could, it's just real cool," Burton said.

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