Interview with Thomas Clayton

Top Virginia running back chats with Inside Carolina


Mt. Vernon HS, Alexandria, UVA

Age: 17
Height: 5-11 ½
Weight: 199
40-time: 4.32
BP: 315
Yards: 1848
Carries: 245
Rushing TDs: 15
KR TDs: 4

Favorites: PSU leads slightly over ND, UNC, FSU, NW

Inside Carolina – What do you like to be called?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Tom is fine

Inside Carolina – How did you get the nickname "Hollywood"?

THOMAS CLAYTON – (laughing) My teammates and coaches call me that because they say its showtime when I'm playing.

Inside Carolina – What is the most important thing you consider when selecting a college?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Its really important to me that I have an opportunity to play as a true freshman.

Inside Carolina – Who was your favorite school growing up?

THOMAS CLAYTON – I really didn't have a favorite school. I mostly followed individual players.

Inside Carolina – What do you like about UNC?

THOMAS CLAYTON – The tradition, the opportunity to play as a true freshman, I loved the atmosphere and the campus.

Inside Carolina – Is there anything you do not like?

THOMAS CLAYTON – No, not really.

Inside Carolina – What do you like about PSU?

THOMAS CLAYTON – The opportunity to play early. They did not recruit any RBs last year and the PSU staff assured me that I would play next year.

Inside Carolina – Do you notice how many RBs a team is recruiting?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Yes, I watch that

Inside Carolina - How about the stability of the coaching staff? Is that important to you as well?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Yes, very important. That is what I like about Carolina"s staff. I think they have a lot of coaching experience in college and pro experience. I came down in April and met several of the UNC staff.

Inside Carolina – Which of the staff did you meet?

THOMAS CLAYTON – I met Coach Powell (primary recruiter) as well as Coach Bunting and the offensive coordinator.

Inside Carolina - Have any of your family members played in any sports?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Julian Peterson is a cousin and he plays for the SF 49er's. Also my other cousin Jason Crawford plays for Maryland. My dad  played semi-pro ball overseas.

Inside Carolina – I know you at one time had thought about committing early but your parents advised you to wait. Have you set a time for when you are going to commit?

THOMAS CLAYTON – I plan to wait until after the season. I almost committed to Carolina in the summer but I decided it would be better to wait.

Inside Carolina – Have you set any official visits yet?

THOMAS CLAYTON – No, not yet.

Inside Carolina – Will Carolina get one of your official visits?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Definitely.

Inside Carolina – Do you run track in HS?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Yes I run indoor track. I run the 55m and have the 8th fastest time in the country (6.2).

Inside Carolina – Do you plan to run track in college?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Yes, but indoor only.

Inside Carolina – Have the coaches from the various schools said you could run track?

THOMAS CLAYTON – Yes, but they advised indoor only so as to not to interfere with spring practice.

Inside Carolina – How is your HS team going to do this year?

THOMAS CLAYTON – I think we're going to be strong.

Inside Carolina - Tom, is there anything you'd like to tell Tar Heel fans.


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