Antonneous Clayton almost quit football after his freshman and sophomore seasons because he wasn’t receiving serious looks or offers.
Clayton, now 6-3 and 218 pounds and ranked the No. 8 weakside defensive end in the nation, doesn’t have that problem anymore. Clayton from Dooly County (Vienna, Ga.) sifted through nearly 40 offers and announced Wednesday on Twitter that he has committed to the University of Florida.
Clayton, ranked as the No. 12 player overall in Georgia and the No 99 player nationally by the 247Sports Composite rankings, sees his current success as a result of the work he put in over the summer.
The Under Armour All-American said he doesn’t want to be or act “big-headed or arrogant.” But if you can back it up, why not?
“Right now I’m almost unblockable, not to be cocky or anything. That’s how I see it, but I kind of take that back. I have a right to be,” Clayton said, laughing. “I’ve been working all summer for this.”
He’s come a long way since wanting to give up the game.
“Now I’m here thinking I’m the best in the nation. You just don’t see that,” Clayton said. “Hard work pays off, and that’s alright with me.”