Mt. Vernon HS, Alexandria, UVA
Height: 5-11 ½
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.