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Going to the wire with Marcus Clayton

ITV caught up with DB Marcus Clayton, as well as Shelton Crews, head coach at Godby High School on Thursday afternoon.

Marcus Clayton (5'8, 170) could become the seventh player from Tallahassee to commit to the Cardinals in this recruiting class.

Clayton, who is rated as the 59th top player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinal received a lot of attention early. He was given offers by Georgia, Syracuse, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Clayton, however, decided he wanted to take his time before making a decision. As he waited, windows at many schools began to close as other players began committing early.

Two programs continued to stick with Clayton. Louisville and Iowa have continued to recruit the speedster (4.4-40) and are currently the leaders for his services.

However, in speaking with Godby High School head coach Shelton Crews, the windows at both Louisville and Iowa are closing quickly as well.

"He could've committed to Iowa two weeks ago, but he wanted to wait," explained Coach Crews. "They really pressed him, but he wasn't ready. Louisville was just here and said that they are still very interested in him. Both schools have him in a holding pattern right now because people have committed ahead of him."

Coach Crews also informed me that Marcus is back on the market and is willing to listen to offers from other schools.

In speaking with Marcus, he said that he has been very impressed by Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino. "He's a great guy. Everyone on his staff has been great. They seem like they are real excited about what they are doing [in Louisville]. I really like what I have been told about it, so I don't need to take a visit there."

Louisville appears to have a slight edge over Iowa right now.

"I like both Iowa and Louisville," said Clayton. "Louisville is probably my leader right now. I'd commit if they'd offer."

Marcus told me that he is fully eligible and that he is anticipating hearing back from coaches at both Iowa and Louisville.

"I'm waiting on each school to call me back. Both said they'd call later this week or over the weekend."


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