While many of his high school peers still have a lot of "baby fat" to shed, Clayborn is well on his way to peak physical condition on the prep level.
It is clear that Clayborn is not simply content to be a great player in his league. The rising senior wants to reach his full potential and be the best player he can be.
During our conversation, Jamaal made it clear that he did not want to be viewed as a prospect who is simply the product of his environment or perceived level of competition.
He plans to attend several college camps this summer to show college coaches what he can do and he wants to address any potential questions about his ability to compete at a high level.
Clayborn reports that he would love the chance to match up one-on-one with five star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche to see how he would compare to the nation's top recruit.
The former Forest Hill Patriot has thrived at Jackson Academy both athletically and academically.
He has put himself into a position where he is a target for some programs not too far from his home base in Jackson, Mississippi.
Alabama has visited Jackson Academy recently to collect some information on Clayborn and they have announced their intentions to return once the Raiders begin spring practice next week.
At this point, Jamaal says that he is "interested in schools that are interested in me".
A time frame for a decision has not been established. Clayborn plans to take stock of where he is in the process after he makes his summer camp rounds.
With his size and frame, Clayborn will likely slide over from his tackle position and man an offensive guard slot on the college level.