The 4-star defensive end is an absolute terror off the edge and has made life miserable for his team’s quarterbacks in practice. It is no surprise to Clayton who figures to move up the recruiting rankings when they are updated one last time.
“When I came out here I came out here with the mentality that nobody is better than me and that nobody will block me,” Clayton said after day three practice on Thursday. “You see what happened? Nobody blocked me.”
I am pretty sure I am the best defensive lineman out here. I am not afraid to say it either.
Clayton has been committed to Florida for over a month now and has been adamant in his insistence that he is firmly committed. On Tuesday he used the social media outlet Twitter to voice his opinion of those that don’t want to jump on the Gator train.
He explained what he was talking about in the tweet.
“Florida is going to be taking off this year,” he said. “They were 10-2 and lost in the championship. The program is on the come up. I am really confident we will have a good season next year and might win a national championship.”
The Gators are going to need pass rushers. Their best pass rusher, RUSH Alex McCalister has declared for the NFL draft and Clayton sees that as a sign.
“Everything has happened for a reason up until now,” he said. “People have doubted me coming out of high school and saying I am not playing any competition. They are displacing me with these other guys and I am coming out here and dominating all of these 5-star offensive linemen. Actions speaks louder than words.”
The young man has worked his way up in strength and is now a very encouraging 228 pounds. He says he wants to be 235 by the time he shows up at Florida. He also has some goals for the big game on Saturday and for his freshman year on campus at Florida.
“I want to get MVP of the game,” he said. “As a true freshman I want to get enough sacks to get my name out there. I am not an early enrollee, but I am not going to let that stop me. The best guy is going to play. I know that Jordan Smith is an early enrollee, but the best guy is going to play.
He’s a confident man and he is living up to that confidence.