“Coach (Mike) Elston came by our school today, and after he left, he called my coach and told him that he was offering me,” Clayton said. “I haven’t talked to him yet, but I think I’m going to call him soon.”
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete will make his first visit to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion next month.
“I’m headed up there June 19 with my coach,” Clayton said. “It’ll be nice to learn more about them as a football team because I really just know they have a nice graduation percentage and all of their graduates are very successful in life.”
Though Clayton has yet to trim his list, there are a handful of schools recruiting him harder than others.
Clayton did not add his first offer until late March of this year when Colorado State came calling. Since then, he’s picked up 16 offers, including many from among the nation’s top programs. He attributes being a hot commodity on the recruiting trail to a specific aspect of his game.
“I’m a good pass rusher,” Clayton said. “I get to the quarterback really fast. What’s gotten me all of my offers so far though is my first step.”
Along with Notre Dame, Clayton also has plans this summer to visit Clemson, Louisville, Ole Miss and “many more.”
“I’ll take officials in the fall, too, of course,” Clayton said. “I’m just looking at the environment in general and how people are, how the coaches are on and off the field, and what the players like. It’s all about the environment because I’ll be there for the next four years of my life.”
Clayton is a three-star prospect and is currently ranked as the No. 55 defensive end in the Class of 2016.