SMU Offers Tyler Grace Standout Kade Clayton
After a big spring that saw him set two TAPPS Class 4A hurdles records and an impressive showing at the ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine, Kade Clayton has received his second college offer.
The athletic 2014 Tyler Grace standout received an offer from SMU, he told ETSN.fm contributor Justin Wells via text early Friday afternoon.
The SMU offer joins a Texas State offer that Clayton received in mid-February during a junior day trip to San Marcos.
Clayton won gold medals in the 300- and 100-meter hurdles at the TAPPS state track and field championships earlier in May, setting 4A records in the process. Two weeks ago, he ran the second-fastest laser-timed 40-yard dash of 100 participants at the ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine at APEC training facility in Tyler. His 4.40 was 0.01 seconds behind Longview 2015 running back Ja'Mycal Hasty, but Clayton's 1.41-second 10-yard time as the best in the building.
For his efforts, Clayton won the receivers MVP at the combine, where he measured 6-1 3/4, 179.4 pounds in shoes. He had the third-fastest 20-yard time (2.54), the third-fastest pro agility time (4.09), and the second-fastest ladder time. His 9.50-second ladder was one of only five faster than 10.00 seconds and trailed only Hasty (8.87), who won overall Offensive MVP honors. Clayton also had the highest Keiser squat power output of any of the 20 receivers in attendance.
Clayton had a monster junior season in 2012. He carried the ball 119 times for 1,511 yards and 26 touchdowns and snagged 26 passes for 502 yards and six touchdowns. He accounted for 2,013 yards from scrimmage and 32 offensive touchdowns, averaging 13.9 yards per touch.
Defensively, Clayton had 69 tackles, five for loss, and two forced fumbles playing in the secondary. He averaged 39.9 yards per return on nine kickoff returns and scored twice on special teams, giving him 34 total touchdowns.
Clayton finished fifth in East Texas in scoring with 204 points. His 1,511 rushing yards were 12th in the region. ETSN.fm named Clayton to the East Texas Super Team Second Team at running back.