Clay Burton - Top Three

Venice High School (Florida) defensive end Clay Burton has just received a new offer from Georgia Tech. The 6'4"-235 junior has a top three in mind and the offer from Tech has vaulted them into that top three.

Clay Burton - Profile

The Venice recruit plays defensive end for his high school team but one school is recruiting him to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. "Georgia Tech wants me as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 that Coach (Al) Groh is installing." Burton has always played with his hands down so the idea of playing that position is appealing to him.

Secondary coach Charles Kelly is the lead recruiter for Clay. He and Coach Paul Johnson both gave Burton a verbal offer and told him that a written one would be coming real soon. Johnson gave Burton the verbal offer after their discussion. "He wanted to get to know me and see what type of character I had when we spoke." Both coaches were impressed with his film and with the way he handled himself on the field. "I deemed it an honor to talk as long as I did with Coach Johnson."

The verbal offer was not his first contact with Georgia Tech. "Coach Groh and I had talked before and he told me pretty much the same thing that he was extremely impressed with my film." Coach Groh feels that Burton is the exact type player he needs for the outside linebacker position in his 3-4 defense.

Burton has an early top three following this offer. "I would say Clemson is number one, Notre Dame is second, and Georgia Tech is third." That could change as Burton has yet to visit Georgia Tech. Burton was not aware that Tech was interested in him until Coach Kelly and Coach Groh started recruiting him. "Once Kelly was assigned my area, he knew I was a player he wanted to come to Georgia Tech."

Clay has begun to line up visits for the coming weeks. He visit South Florida this weekend for their Junior Day and will visit Notre Dame on the 20th for theirs. "I know I'll be going to Florida to watch my brother play and support him." He also has plans to visit Georgia Tech in either an unofficial or official capacity. He may also do both. "I really want to get to know a lot about Georgia Tech."

Burton has family in Cumming, Georgia. He'll be staying with whenever he decides to visit Atlanta on his recruiting visit to Georgia Tech. Education will be Burton's first priority in choosing a school. He'll also be looking to see how the coaches treat the players. He's looking for a family environment and a program where the coaches stress what is best for the players and have their best interests in mind. "I want to play for a contender", said Burton. "All players like to be on winners and I want to play on a team that puts a winning product on the field."

Burton is not sure when he'll be making his decision. It could be before the season starts, during, or it could be after the season. "My plan is to take all my officials unless I am blown away by a school on a visit." Top Stories