May 22, 2006

Irish make Claytor's final six

Offensive tackle Nick Claytor of Gainesville, Ga., was ready to name a top five.

Then Notre Dame started showing interest.

"I wasn't getting a lot of attention and then it started rolling," Claytor said. "My coach said that once I got the Ohio State offer that Notre Dame called and said that they wanted a highlight tape and that they would be recruiting me so I didn't want to drop them out (of my top five)."

Claytor lists Ohio State, Florida State, Auburn, LSU, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame as his six finalists. Notre Dame is the only team from that group not to have extended a scholarship offer.

"If Notre Dame offered it would make me glad for keeping them in my top six because you don't want to take them out because it's Notre Dame," he said.

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