East Texas Athlete Nabs SMU Offer

Tyler Grace Prep ATH Kade Clayton discusses his new offer inside!

A jack of all trades, Kade Clayton does it all for Tyler Grace Prep, a small private school in East Texas.

Last season, he rushed for 1,511 yards, caught 26 passes for 502 yards, scored 32 total touchdowns, started at linebacker and also returned kicks. Needless to say, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, who runs a blazing 4.4 forty, is a dynamic playmaker.

FBS schools, however, have shied away from him because he plays against lower level competition. But not SMU. Mustang defensive line coach Bert Hill has been recruiting Clayton since February and officially extended an offer to him over the weekend.

"I was in Missouri visiting my grandparent when my dad told me to call Coach Hill so I did, and he told me that I had a scholarship to play at SMU," Clayton said. "I was really excited and so were my parents and grandparents. Coach Hill told me he wants me to go up there for a tour so I was really happy about it."

Clayton has already been on the Hilltop once this spring when he visited for junior day and says his interest level in the program is ‘high.'

"I really liked the campus. It's really nice up there, and I could see myself playing up there," Clayton said. "I really like Coach Hill. We e-mail each other about every other week so we have a great relationship."

Clayton says he will return to SMU for an unofficial visit this summer. But the Ponies will face some stiff competition for his services. Texas State has also offered and a few other programs are close including Duke, Houston and UNT.

Clayton is not sure what position he'll be playing at the next level and did not get a definitive answer from Hill regarding where SMU is recruiting him at. He is prepared to play everything from wide receiver to linebacker and has been working extremely hard this offseason.

"I won state in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles so I was focusing a lot on track," he said. "But now, I'm really working on improving my speed and strength. I have a lot of passion for the game, and I feel I can bring that to a Division I program."

Clayton plans on making his final decision after his senior season and will camp at Baylor and TCU in the next few months.

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