Claude Talks Recruiting

Miami (Fla.) Edison has advanced into the third round of the state playoffs for the second year in a row. On a team loaded with college prospects, offensive lineman Jacky Claude might be the best they have to offer.

At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Claude has had a strong senior season for Edison. He talked about some of the players he's lined up against.

"I played against Bryan Pata my sophomore year when he was at North Miami," he said. "I knew he was going to be the truth some day. I played against No. 90 for Carol City last year (Eric Moncur), he was really quick. Johnny Dingle from Booker T. was really good too. Speaking of Booker T., we played against them a few weeks ago. Your boy Dixon was straight. He's lost like 30 pounds. He's real quick off the ball. He made like 8 or 10 plays against us. On one play, he'll look great. He really hustles. Then he wears down. Once he learns to play every down, he'll be straight."

The talented offensive lineman, a full academic qualifier, is one of the most heavily recruited linemen in the state.

"I got some trips set up," he said. "I'm hoping that I'll have to reschedule my first two visits because of the playoffs. Ohio State and N.C. State, I have those scheduled for the first two weeks of December. I go to Auburn on January 16th, Florida State in January. I also will visit Rutgers. I probably won't need to visit UM because its so close."

Claude said he's not yet in position to name a single favorite but two schools stand out.

"I really liked Ohio State when I went to their camp," he said. "I've been talking to them all year. UM, I still talk to them a lot. They keep telling me to come out to their games but I'm never able to make it down. UM's straight, though. They need some linemen too."

Claude has scholarship offers from all of his favorites. He's hoping the Canes will offer teammates Richard Clebert and Marc Dile.

"They're looking at Richard but they're not really recruiting Marc," he said. "It would be tight if we could play together but we all gotta do our own thing. They have their own visit schedules, I have mine."

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