OL: "Tech is at the top right now"

Georgia Tech has now entered the picture for a big 6'6", 305-pound offensive lineman for the 2007 class. After not being listed among the favorites just a month ago, Tech now moves to the top of the list for the OL out of Gainesville, Ga.

Nick Claytor, the mammoth offensive tackle prospect from Gainesville, Ga., has a new school on his list. Georgia Tech is the first school now to offer Nick and the offer has moved the Yellow Jackets to the top of the list. Claytor talks first about his visit to Tech for junior day.

"We didn't get a chance to do it all because of the rain and everything, but we got the see the locker room, the weight room," Claytor said. "Then we went to the game (GT defeating Wake Forest in basketball) and it was a pretty good experience. We got to meet the coaches: Coach (Geoff) Collins, Coach (Charles) Kelly and Coach (Chan) Gailey. I was really impressed with their program: the academics and the athletics."

When asked about his overall impressions of the trip, Nick spoke about getting to know some of the younger players on the team and that he could see himself playing with them possibly.

"I think I'd have a solid future there from what I saw," Claytor said. "When I saw some of the players… because we got to meet some from the freshman group, from what they told me they enjoyed it. And that's the first school to offer me, so you know."

Nick said he spent time with, "A defensive end from South Carolina, an upcoming sophomore (Vance Walker). I got to talk to him and he told me some good things."

Claytor, who says he's currently at 6'6", 305, was offered by Tech just after junior day. "They offered me that week in school, on Monday," Claytor said.

One of Georgia Tech's newest coaching hires, Charles Kelly - Special Teams Coordinator, is the man recruiting Claytor. Nick spoke about Coach Kelly and the situation at Tech.

"I've been talking to Coach Kelly a lot; he's recruiting me," Claytor said. "I can tell that if I go to Tech, it's a pretty good family. So that's how I feel. It's a good situation to be at. The people care about you, they care about the program and they just want you to succeed."

With the offer from Tech, his favorites list looks a lot different from this time last month when GT wasn't listed among his top schools. Nick was asked to name his top schools at this time.

"Tech, Tech is at the top right now," Claytor said. "It'd be Tech, Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia was cool and I've been talking with Ohio State."

Though he plays both sides of the ball in high school, colleges are looking at him to play, "Just offensive tackle," according to Claytor.

As for his summer plans, Nick is planning on skipping week-long camps in favor of the shorter one-day camps so he'll be able to see more campuses.

"Camps are still coming together," Claytor said. "And now I'm trying to know for sure if I'm going to the Nike camp. You know how they have week long camps? I'll probably do like a day at a specific school. Do a day long so they can see me and I can show what I can do."

Nick says that the faces are starting to get more familiar at these camps and junior days. "Yeah man you know, you start seeing the same people at the junior days and I'm getting to know them a little better," Claytor said. At Tech's junior day he ran into several people including, "A couple of guys from Peachtree Ridge (possibly Cameron Heyward and Chris Douglas). That's where my old coach used to coach at."

As for how he sees the recruiting process playing out, he has a plan laid out.

"I think I'll probably do my official visits, play out the season and after the season that's when I'll really make my decision," Claytor said.

Read about Claytor's recent visit to Clemson for their junior day from CUTigers.com… Claytor Enjoys Clemson's Junior Day

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