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Tyler Grace Standout Kade Clayton Receives Junior Day Invites From LSU + SMU

Tyler Grace’s Kade Clayton has been invited to attend junior days at both LSU and SMU next month. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Tyler Grace standout Kade Clayton’s schedule has been filling up of late.

The junior athlete has been invited to junior days at both LSU on SMU. Both fall on Feb. 16, so Clayton has a decision to make.

“I need to get stronger,” Clayton said. “I need to add more weight, because you can always be stronger. I might be playing quarterback next fall, so I’ll have to work on my passing too.”

Clayton (6-1, 185) enjoyed a stellar 2012 season. He rushed for 1,511 yards and 26 touchdowns, while hauling in 26 receptions for 502 yards and six scores. He added two more touchdowns on kickoff returns, averaging a whopping 39.9 yards per return.

He was the TAPPS Division II District 2 Most Valuable Player, leading the Cougars to the first round of the playoffs.

While Clayton has played multiple positions in high school, college coaches are recruiting him for two spots — wide receiver and defensive back.

“I really don’t care where, as long as I get to play,” Clayton said.

Clayton said he likes Texas Tech and Arizona State, but one school stands out.

“I like Duke a lot,” he said. “I stay in touch with their coaches on a weekly basis. I’ll be attending their spring game in April.”

Clayton took a trip to Lubbock in September and visited Texas Tech with Red Raiders commit Dylan Cantrell from Whitehouse.

“I got to look at the facilities and everything,” Clayton said. “And since Dylan was committed, I thought I’d invite him along,”

Clayton will also attend Next Level Athlete’s Texas Top 100 camp in Lancaster on Sunday. The Texas Top 100 are players selected from hundreds of nominees throughout the state. The camp features several one-on-one situational drills, and each player will have a video sent out to major colleges throughout the country.

Football isn’t the only sport in which Clayton excels. He also runs track and field at Grace, and colleges have already taken notice. Miami, Alabama and Ohio State have invited Clayton to take a visit soon. Clayton is looking to compete in hurdles — the 110 meter and 400 meter races — in college.

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