Claytor has ND in Top Six

Offensive tackle Nick Claytor of Gainesville high school (Ga.) hasn't been a name talked about in Notre Dame recruiting circles until just recently. Then again that's what happens during the May evaluation period -- new prospects are discovered.

Nick Claytor (6-7, 310-pounds) wasn't waiting around for the Irish to show interest in him, but he certainly is happy they decided to take interest in him.

"Just the past couple weeks," Claytor responded when asked how long the Irish had been recruiting him. "I just found out from my coach that Ohio State offered, and I found out Notre Dame wanted to look into me."

"I'm definitely interested in them. I like the history of Notre Dame and after this year where they almost put down USC and then they went to a bowl game, I think they're doing very well. After Charlie Weis came in he changed things around, they'll be a team to be reckoned with in the future."

It appears that the Irish have come to the party just in time. Nick just narrowed his list of schools to six and all his favorites have offered except the Irish.

"Ohio State, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Florida State, LSU and Notre Dame," Claytor responded when asked his top schools. "When I whittled it down to six, everybody is a major player. There aren't any I might go. I'm going to go to some camps and looks at these schools and I'll go to one of those six."

Claytor has already visited Georgia Tech and Auburn, but he does plan on visiting all of his favorites prior to making his decision.

"I'll try to get to Notre Dame soon. I'm planning on going there this summer," Claytor explained of his travel plans. "I'm going to Ohio State for their camp June 3. I'm going to the Florida State camp sometime in July. LSU is kind of far so I haven't been there yet, but I'll go there as well."

If Claytor makes it to South Bend he'll see a familiar face in freshman linebacker Morrice Richardson of Atlanta. Gainesville played Richardson and his Westlake teammates in the state playoffs last season.

"We played against them last year and beat Westlake in the playoffs," Nick recalled of his meeting with Richardson. "That was the game I fractured my ankle. I wasn't able to play like I wanted to; I was mainly blocking down and trying to contain him.


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