Clay Burton Visits GT on Junior Day

Venice Senior HS athlete made the trip up to Atlanta this weekend for a Georgia Tech junior day.

Clay Burton - Profile

DE/OLB prospect Clay Burton was able to visit Georgia Tech on Saturday the 17th. He really seemed enthusiastic about the visit and it looks like Georgia Tech made a great impression. "I liked everything about the visit. I got to see the facilities and everything. I had a really good time," Burton said. "I watched them scrimmage, met with an academic advisor, and I talked with Coach Paul Johnson and Coach Al Groh and got to know them better. We just hung out, it was great."

Most schools are recruiting Burton as a defensive end. However, Georgia Tech likes him as an outside linebacker for their new 3-4 scheme. Burton was able to get a closer look at the 3-4 and the position he would be playing in Atlanta. "I'm excited. If I were to end up [at Tech], I know that position would really benefit me. Coach Groh, he's one of the best at what he does. His resume shows that. He's really humble and everything about it, too."

Burton currently holds eleven offers. In the past, he had listed a top three with Clemson leading, ahead of Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. After he was able to see Georgia Tech, it seems they've made up the ground with the other two. "It was a really good visit," Burton said. "Clemson, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech are recruiting me the hardest I'd say. Also, there's South Florida and Ole Miss. Those schools are my top five. The three on top are still the same, but they're all even. The other two schools are behind a little."

Over his spring break, Burton made only one visit to Florida's Orange & Blue Game. He said it was good to get out there and support his brother. His brother is Trey, a freshman who will be the backup quarterback for Florida and is likely to get playing time this fall. No recruiting trips are on the agenda right now for Burton, though. "I'll probably take my official visit to Notre Dame on September 10th or 11th for their game with Michigan. I'll maybe make another visit to Georgia Tech and Clemson, too."

With plans to graduate early and enroll for the spring semester, Burton needs to make his decision before November. "So the earlier the better," he says. He's not quite sure what he'll major in yet. "Right now, I'm undecided, but maybe something in business." For now, Burton is trying to learn everything he can about each of his top schools so that he can make the best decision possible this year.


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