Led by senior quarterback Joseph “Ju-Ju” Clayton, the Hermitage Panthers (Richmond, VA) enjoyed an outstanding 2007 season, capturing a Division 6, Central Region championship. Clayton’s performance certainly helped Hermitage to great accomplishments, but it also has resulted in a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.
“He did a great job in the playoffs and his rep grew,” Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane said of Clayton, a 6-2, 205-pound prospect. “Virginia Tech was eyeing several guys. They liked what they saw out of him and decided that he was their guy.”
Clayton, who finished with a career completion percentage of over 60-percent, completed 153 of 255 passes for 2,117 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2007. He also rushed for 274 yards and five scores. For his performance, he earned Colonial District and Central Region Offensive Player of the Year honors.
“I would say his pocket presence stands out,” Kane said. “He can move in the pocket and still keep his eyes down field. Some high school quarterbacks panic and either throw a bad ball or they run, but he keeps his eyes down the field and he makes plays.
“He is a dual threat, but he doesn’t look to run. We do design run plays for him because he does run the ball well.”
Virginia Tech hasn’t been the only 1A program to show interest. Duke and Wake Forest had expressed earlier interest, and Maryland coaches stopped by Hermitage to view a practice recently. In addition, Clayton has three other scholarship offers in the fold. All schools are recruiting Clayton to play quarterback.
“William & Mary offered and they are real interested. He respects them because they came in early and they do have an intriguing situation for him,” Kane said. “Norfolk State has offered as well. So there are three in-state offers. Those three probably top his list. Army has offered, but he isn’t interested in the military.”
A decision is not likely to come soon from Clayton, who plans to make an official visit to Virginia Tech in January.
“He just got offered [on Monday], so he hasn’t had time to think about it yet,” Kane said. “He’ll make his visit to see if Virginia Tech is a good fit and see how the visit goes. He is going to take his time. He is real smart and he’s not going to rush into anything.”
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