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Georgia tackle talks first offer

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Gainesville (Ga.) offensive lineman Nick Claytor picked up his first official offer on Tuesday. Chan Gailey and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets became the first program to step up and offer the talented lineman.
The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Claytor visited Georgia Tech for Junior Day this past weekend and picked up a verbal offer, but today, it became official.
"It is official now, Georgia Tech offered me today," Claytor said. "It is my first official offer."
Claytor kind of expected this offer after he visited Georgia Tech for Junior Day during the weekend.
"I felt like I would get the offer this week," he said. "(Tech) pretty much offered me verbally over the weekend, so I expected this offer."
The Jackets impressed this big Georgia OL Saturday.
"I really liked Georgia Tech," Claytor said. "I had a very good visit there. I got a chance to see the facilities and talk to the coaches."
One coach really made an impression on Claytor.
"I got a chance to talk to Coach Chan Gailey and I liked him a lot," he said. "He really showed me he cared about me and wanted me. He is a caring man and I was really impressed by him. Georgia Tech looked like a good fit for me."
Could a few SEC programs be on the verge of offering?
"I have talked to coaches at Auburn and Florida recently and they have verbally offered me. I think they are going to offer me officially soon."
A couple more schools seem to be hard after Claytor.
"Georgia sends me a lot of mail and showed me a good time for Junior Day a couple weeks ago, but they haven't talked to me about an offer. Ohio State has really picked things up and is showing me a lot of interest lately."
The Buckeyes may have a little advantage.
"I was born there (in Ohio) and lived there for a while. It is nice to hear from them and I have some family there too. I am giving them a look."
Despite liking several schools, including Georgia Tech, Claytor is not ready to name a leader.
"I don't have one school on top or a leader, but I have about six schools that I am really looking at," he said. "Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State are my favorites right now."
Claytor plans patient during the recruiting process.
"I have a lot of time to make my decision, so I am not looking to make an early commitment or anything," he said. "I am definitely going to take my five official visits and then make my decision after football season. I will not hold out until signing day, but I want to take my visits."
Claytor will head to another Junior Day this weekend.
"I am going up to Clemson Saturday and then to Rivals Junior Day the following week. I don't have anything planned after that."
Clemson has not yet offered the big tackle.
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