Clayton is a low-key guy, and plans for a low-key announcement “whenever it feels right.” Rutgers made a strong impression during his final official visit, but no final decision went down before he returned home Sunday afternoon.
“I’m not really the type to announce a top five or a top three, but I guess I’m about ready,” Clayton said. “I could decide at any time I guess. I could do it now. I want to suprrise everyone. … I’ve been really quiet about my recruitment and everything, and I just want to do what’s best for my family.”
Rutgers was in early on Clayton, who recently enjoyed an official visit to Syracuse as well. Clayton scheduled an official visit to Rutgers in late January, and also visited campus for a basketball game.
“I wouldn’t say they weren’t in the picture, but I wanted to get out and see other schools,” Clayton said. “I’ve been to Rutgers thousands of times, and I wanted to make sure I saw other schools.”
Former Scout four-star safety Kiy Hester hosted Clayton.
“I liked interacting with the players,” Clayton said. I learned some interesting things about Rutgers that I didn’t know. I spoke with some academic advisors, and it was pretty cool. It was a great visit. … I’ve known Kiy personally for a while. He’s one of my boys – Jersey talent.”
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood stressed family in his message to Clayton.
“Everyone is just a family,” Clayton said. “That goes from the players to the teachers to everyone. It’s one big family that genially cares about you. That’s cool.”
With former Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge no longer in the running for a Rutgers staff position, the latest developments have no impact on Clayton.
“It’s basically something you have to ignore,” Clayton said. “Coach Partridge is going to go wherever is best for his family at the end of the day. He’s a great coach.”