Marcus Clayton was one prospect that was not heard much from since his return from Iowa City on November 24th. However, HTO.com was able to get in contact with Godby Head Coach Shelton Crews, and it appears Marcus's official visit went very well.
"You can say his visit to Iowa City went well," Coach Crews stated. "In fact, it went so well that he canceled his visits scheduled to Clemson and Syracuse, and also turned down a visit request from Tennessee. He was very impressed with Iowa on his visit."
In fact, Coach Crews was not hesitant in letting it be known Marcus's situation is very similar to that of Edmond Miles a year ago.
"Iowa has been turning up the notch on Marcus much like they did with Edmond. I remember a year ago when everyone quesioned Edmond, "why Iowa?" Well, I think after both their visits it is easy to say that Iowa has made an impact on both. Right now, Iowa is in the driver's seat along with North Carolina."
Marcus is still scheduled to visit North Carolina this weekend, and while the Hawks are sitting pretty, North Carolina does present a serious competitor.
"I know Marcus grew up idolizing North Carolina and they've been a childhood favorite," Coach Crews added. "He is very reminiscent of Dre Bly, and how great a cover corner he was at his size. I expect that Marcus will sit down and make his decision between the two schools after he returns."
In fact, if there was one question on Marcus's abilities it would be his size. However, that has not stopped many of the nation's elite from calling, including Iowa, Clemson, and Tennessee. Coach Crews also believes that there should not be too much emphasis put into Marcus's size.
"Marcus is a legit 5'8 165 and he's a player. Since we started our off-season last January, he has consistently been timed in the 40 from 4.24 to 4.39, the 4.24 coming on our track this summer and the 4.39 at the Nike Camp in Athens, GA. Some may think he is a track guy playing football, like many kids are, but Marcus is a football player who happens to be real fast. He has that extra gear out on the football field."
"Marcus only gave up two touchdowns this fall, with one being a jumpball and the other he got his feet tangled up and slipped. He had one interception and twelve pass break-ups."
Marcus, who carries around a 37 to 38 inch vertical at only 5'8, does not just make an impact as a cornerback. Through his career at Godby High School, he scored in every possibly way except in carrying the football and on a punt return.
Speaking of special teams, which has been a strongpoint of Iowa this season, from speaking to Coach Crews you could tell that Marcus has the special ability to make an impact there, also.
"He is a tremendous special teams player. He blocked four punts, one field goal, and returned three kick-off returns for touchdowns this fall. I'm sure Iowa has looked to use his services in that fashion, too."
Of course, Iowa started out their success at Godby High School last year in signing LB Edmond Miles. Edmond, who hosted Marcus on his official visit, returned home last week and Coach Crews gave this report.
"He's a quality kid, no doubt about it! He looked in real good physical shape. He told me that he's loving it up at Iowa. It sounded to me that he believes he made the perfect decision."
HTO.com will keep you informed with any developments in the recruitment of CB Marcus Clayton.