Antonneous Clayton has top two, talks visits


VIENNA, Ga. -- ESPN 300 defensive end Antonneous Clayton is one of the most sought-after defensive ends in the country. With around four months until national signing day, Clayton is starting to zero in on his official visits and list of top schools.

The 63rd-ranked player in the ESPN 300 said there are six schools that are standing out to him, with two at the top.

"I’m really starting to like Oregon — I’ve been talking a lot with those guys. Also, I’ve been talking with Clemson a lot too,” Clayton said. "I’ve been talking with those teams a lot and really like them but Florida and Auburn would have to be my leaders. There’s still a couple of months until signing day though and I still haven’t taken my visits so that can change or vary. I’m not really worried about that stuff right now.”

The Under Armour All-American also said Florida State and Georgia are in consideration and he knows two of his five official visits.

"… I’m going to visit Oregon and Wisconsin. It’s Oregon, I mean who wouldn’t take that?,” Clayton laughed. "I have to sit down and just start to narrow down what really pulls my interest and where I want to go visit for those last three visits."

The four-star prospect will take an unofficial visit to one of his favorite teams, Florida on Saturday and the eighth-ranked defensive end in the country said he wants to check out the game-day atmosphere in Gainesville.

"I just want to see how an actual Florida game is like down in The Swamp,” he said. "I just want to see like when I walk in to the stadium, just the sound and how it feels. Not only that, I just want to see how Coach [Jim] McElwain coaches, not just with the offense but just how he coaches overall. If I were to commit there, coach [Geoff] Collins and coach [Chris] Rumph would be my coaches so I just want to see how they coach. I just want to see the experience and see how things go down there.”

Despite Auburn’s early-season struggles, the Tigers remain near the of Clayton’s list, due in large part with the relationship he is building with the coaching staff.

"I like Auburn so much because I have a really good relationship with coach [Will] Muschamp and have a really good relationship with coach [Gus] Malzhan. Everything they have told me about what it will be like is true.

"My cousin is (Auburn defensive tackle) Montravious Adams. After the coaches told me what it would be like, I went back and asked him -- just to be safe -- if what they were telling me was true. He said, ‘yeah, yeah man everything they are telling you is true, they aren’t misleading you at all.’ Another thing I like about Auburn is that I don’t really hit them up, they hit me up a lot and see how my family is doing and how I’m doing and things like that.”

Clayton is planning to make his final decision on national signing day.