2011 Intro: Cody Clanton

CHINA GROVE, N.C. --- Cody Clanton is the best North Carolina prospect no one is talking about. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver has slipped under the radar playing at a new school that's tucked between Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

"We're only four years old," Carson head football coach Mark Woody said. "There are a few colleges that pay us regular visits, but there are other schools that don't know where we are."

Clanton hasn't been completely overlooked. Word has begun to leak out, and as more see his junior film, the interest is sure to increase. Arkansas and Duke are recruiting him hard and he's receiving varied interest from Auburn, Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina.

"He's a big play guy," Woody said. "[He's] a big play maker. He has tremendous hands. He just has a really good nose for the ball and is not afraid to go get it.

"He's one of those guys that you look at him and you're not sure how fast he's moving. But all the sudden he's behind defenders. He's very long – he has long legs, long arms. So at times it looks like he's kind of gliding.

"He's very good on the deep ball. He finds ways to get behind defenders and then on top of that he's able to go up and make plays."

Carson employs a run-first, multiple I offense. However, during last season, the offensive philosophy was altered to take advantage of Clanton's abilities.

"We're not real hard-headed on some things," Woody said. "As the season progressed, we realized we probably need to figure out a way to get the ball in his hands a little bit more. So we came up with some different routes just for him."

Clanton is the "X" receiver (split end) in that offense and early on emerged as the go-to guy. He ended the season with 48 receptions for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns. The second leading receiver had 17 catches.

"I didn't even think we were going to throw the ball that much until, I guess, I started making plays and that's when it really took off," Clanton said.

This Saturday, Clanton is visiting Duke. He'll visit Arkansas on April 22 and hopes to schedule a trip to Virginia Tech. He also would like to make a West Coast swing to schools like California, Oregon, and Southern Cal.

"I want to experience something new," Clanton said. "I've always wanted to go up there, because I like how they play and the style."

Clanton plans to attend several camps this summer, including one at Georgia and Wake Forest.

At this point, Clanton doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"I'm trying to still get the feel for things and see how much they want me," Clanton said. "Like Arkansas seems like they really are recruiting me heavily."


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