PROFILE 2003: Marcus Clayton (CB)

LSU got one of the best prospects in Florida for its 2002 signing class when offensive lineman Brian Johnson signed with the Tigers.<br> The coaching staff continues to concentrate on the Panhandle region for the 2003 class, and they already have another Godby prospect showing interest.

Lincoln High School in Tallahassee was the hotbed for northwest Florida recruiting last year, as the program churned out a host of Division I signees: DB Pat Watkins, QB Gavin Dickey and CB Greg Threatt.

Godby could be the next most fertile territory after producing Johnson and linebacker Edmund Miles, an Iowa signee.

The athlete looking to continue to the tradition is cornerback Marcus Clayton, a smallish but speedy prospect who is quickly gaining respect from college coaches.

"Marcus Clayton shouldn't wear a number on his jersey," said Godby head coach Shelton Crews. "He should wear the letter S because he is Superman. He is faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. The kid is just awesome."

Clayton (5-8, 170) is small in height but he plays bigger than his size. He has speed, strength and whole lot of heart.

"I love being aggressive out there," said Clayton. "I am stronger than most wide receivers and I think that helps me make up from being a little smaller. Plus, I have great speed to cover and great make up speed. Playing against the bigger guys is a challenge and they bring out the best in me."

Clayton grew up in nearby Cairo, Ga., and moved to Tallahassee two years ago.

"I grew up an Auburn fan but right now my two favorite teams are Miami and LSU. They are two great programs. Miami won the National Championship and LSU won the SEC Championship. Plus, they always have good secondaries. I also like FSU, Florida and Auburn."

Clayton is also a special teams standout as a kick returner and he has a knack for blocking kicks. He plans to attend the Nike Camp in Athens or Miami. Clayton also wants to attend the football camps at LSU and Miami this summer.

  • Written Offers - Clemson and Iowa
  • Junior Stats - 7 INTs, 2 blocked FGs, 2 kick returns for TD (98 yards twice), 50 tackles
  • Bench Press - 300; Squat - 385; Power Clean - 250; VJ - 31"; GPA - 2.9
  • Summer Camps - Nike (Miami or Athens), LSU, Miami
  • Comments - small corner that plays big... excellent cover skils... physical and aggressive.
  • Goals - "I want to get qualified academically and stay healthy. I want to run the 100 meters in 10.4 and win state in track. " - Clayton
  • Other Sports - Track 100 meters (10.73) and 200 meters (21.7)
  • Misc - Father (Willie Evers) played for FAMU and the Atlanta Falcons.

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