Clayton Set for Official Visit to VT

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A month after receiving an official scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, Hermitage (Richmond, VA) quarterback Joseph “Ju-Ju” Clayton will make his official visit to Blacksburg this weekend. The 6-2, 205-pound signal caller, selected as the Richmond metro offensive player of the year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, is looking forward to the trip.

Clayton, who is expecting a visit from Tech primary recruiter Jim Cavanaugh on Thursday, plans to arrive in Blacksburg on Saturday. He may not make a commitment this weekend, but he hasn’t ruled anything out at this point.

“I’ve kind of narrowed it down to three schools – William & Mary, Youngstown State and Virginia Tech. I’m not going to make any decisions until I make official visits, to see what I think of each school,” said Clayton, who traveled to Norfolk State this past weekend for an official visit. “There are a lot of things to consider. Hopefully, by the end of this month, I’ll know where I’m going. There are a lot of different scenarios to think about. I just have to find whatever fits best for me.”

Virginia Tech is recruiting Clayton, a senior, to enroll in January of 2009. The staff decided to extend an offer to the Panthers quarterback after evaluating him throughout the 2007 season.

“Personally, I feel I had a big improvement from my junior year in making my reads and making check-downs,” Clayton said. “A lot of coaches like that I can throw and that I can be a threat with the run, too. I can avoid pressure. My pocket presence has gotten better.”

In his senior season, Clayton totaled 2,391 yards of offense (2,117 yards passing plus 274 yards rushing) and scored 27 touchdowns. He led Hermitage to a Division 6, Central Region championship title.

“As a senior, going out big is a real good accomplishment,” Clayton said. “Our senior class has played together since we were younger, so we know each other and what each other can do. We had the trust there and we were definitely like family. We just went out there, played hard and had fun.