Clayton Commits

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As expected, Hermitage (Richmond, VA) quarterback Joseph “Ju-Ju” Clayton made his college choice today. In fact, the 6-2, 210-pound signal caller just informed coaches of the program of choice of his decision this afternoon. Where is the Panthers star quarterback headed?

“I just met with Coach Cav and Coach Beamer,” Clayton said. “I committed to Virginia Tech. I had actually pretty much made my decision before I went up [to Virginia Tech for an official visit] this past weekend, but I told them today. They were excited. They said they can’t wait to get me down there. They were glad to hear that I had made up my mind.”

Clayton will be the latest Hermitage Panther to sign with Virginia Tech. In recent years, the Hokies have also landed offensive tackle Duane Brown, linebacker Andrew Bowman and linebacker/safety Alonzo Tweedy. Like Tweedy was last year, Clayton is being recruited as a grey-shirt.

“Virginia Tech is still recruiting me as a grey-shirt, but they did say something about maybe moving Cory Holt to wide receiver. As of now, I am a grey-shirt,” said Clayton, who plans to enroll in January of 2009.

“[After graduating from Hermitage] I’m going to continue lifting weights at my high school, and I’ll probably go to J. Sargeant Reynolds and take two classes next fall. I want to make sure my brain is still working when I get to Virginia Tech (laughs).”

Clayton is pleased to have made his decision. He will sign a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in two weeks.

“I’m excited to be a Hokie,” Clayton said. “I’m looking to have the chance to go in and compete when I get there.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch metro Player of the Year in 2007, Clayton threw for over 2,100 yards and scored a total of 27 touchdowns in leading Hermitage to a Central Region championship. He becomes the 25th high school senior to commit to Virginia Tech in this class.

A solid student, Clayton carries above a 3.0 grade point average.