The man in the middle of the Webster Groves (Mo.) H.S. basketball and football teams, Adrian Clayborn is now in the midst of a heated recruiting battle for his services.
The 6'3", 245-pound Clayborn stars as a middle linebacker on the St. Louis area prep football team, totaling 78 tackles as a junior for a team that went 6-4. On the basketball court, he was the second-leading scorer (13.0) and leading rebounder (6.6) on a squad that went 25-5 advanced to the Class 5 state quarterfinals, where it lost to McDonald's All-America Tyler Hansbrough's Poplar Creek squad.
While he's a very good high school basketball player, most think Clayborn has a chance to be a dominant college football player. While he plays linebacker and tight end at the prep level, he'll likely make the move to the defensive line at the next level.
"My coach has been telling me since I was a sophomore that I was going to get bigger and gain more weight, so I knew there was a chance (that I'd wind up on the defensive line)," said Clayborn, who is Scout.com's 10th-ranked defensive end prospect nationally. "I think it's going to be a good switch for me. I think it suits me more as far as being athletic."
There's no questioning Clayborn's athletic ability. If his ability's on the basketball court weren't evidence enough, he ran a 4.8 in the 40 and also posted at solid 33 inch vertical jump in a summer combine.
"The coaches I've talked to say they didn't know I was that athletic and that I could run as well as I can," said Clayborn. "They like that I'm 6-3 and 245 pounds and that I can jump high and run fast. They say I have the potential to do a lot of things."
Those numbers and potential, coupled with his on-the-field productivity, have resulted in ten scholarship offers – Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Houston, Texas Tech and Colorado. While he doesn't have a leader, Clayborn said that currently Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Texas Tech are his frontrunners. He made an unofficial visit to Illinois the weekend of July 22nd.
Indiana, meanwhile, has been trying to make a big push as well.
"They've been showing me a lot of interest," said Clayborn. "They send me stuff just about everyday. I have to do my part now and talk back to them.
"I'd say (Indiana is) a little bit on the outside right now, but I don't really have a leader, so they're still up there as a school that I'm considering."
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