Now days Nick Claytor is happy about a lot of things.
He's happy about his 20-plus scholarship offers and all of the accolades he has claimed since the end of his junior campaign, which includes being tabbed Scout.com's No. 27 ranked o-linemen in the country.
But, the thing he's most happy about is the end of 6 a.m. work outs.
"Six a.m. work outs are done," said Claytor with a sigh of relief. "They helped a lot though. I'm weighing about 320 now. At the beginning of the summer I benched 310. Now, I bench 325, so I got stronger. I got quicker, too. I know that's going to make me a better player for next season."
The big 6-6, 320-pound offensive tackle out of Gainesville (Ga.) was hoping to make it to LSU this summer but it looks like that trip will have to wait until the fall.
"I didn't make it to an LSU camp," said Claytor. "It's so far away, it's hard to visit. I'm trying to work something out with coach (Doug) Mallory so I can go take an official visit in the fall. I talked to him Saturday and he said we would work something out soon."
Claytor said that when LSU started recruiting him last year, was when he began to pay special attention to the Tigers. He likes how the program is one of the best in the country and he also mentions someone in particular he would protect.
"I like how they are a top-10 team in the nation every year," said the 4-star prospect. "They start there and finish there. I think this year they are ranked sixth or something like that. But, they are always going to be good.
"They don't show many LSU games over here, so I've really mostly just seen highlights and stuff. But JaMarcus Russell is a great QB."
Claytor said when he decides to go to a school, he wants to be an impact player, sooner rather than later.
"When I choose a school, I want to bring people with me," said Claytor. "Either like my teammates are people I'm being recruited with and I definitely want to win. I don't want to have to wait until my junior or senior year to start, but I don't have to start as a freshman. I could take a red-shirt and learn the offense and put some muscle on and hopefully start my sophomore year. I think that could happen at LSU and that is what I really like about them."
Claytor plans to major in sports psychology and said that the NFL is a goal he knows he'll have to work hard to achieve.
"I know I'll have to do the hardest work of my life to make it there," said Claytor. "My major will be important, but I haven't researched it to see if LSU has it. I'm sure they do though and that is something I will out more about when I visit them."
Note** Claytor has a 3.5 GPA and qualified on his SAT.