Will be counted on to start or see significant playing time this fall... will help fill the void of three lost starters on the offensive line... overcame back surgery to have a productive sophomore season... missed all of spring practice in 2009... a versatile lineman who can play either tackle position.
Overcame back surgery that caused him to miss all of spring practice to become a valuable reserve on an otherwise thin offensive line... helped Tech lead the ACC in rushing offense and total offense... played in 12 games.
Started the last five games of the season in place of injured starting tackles David Brown and Andrew Gardner... saw action at both tackle positions... helped the Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in rushing offense (273.2 ypg)... helped Tech rush for 409 yards at 13th-ranked Georgia (Nov. 29)... key in the Jackets rushing for 472 yards vs. No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20)... helped Tech rush for 326 yards at North Carolina (Nov. 8) in his second career start... made first career start in Tech's win over Florida State (Nov. 1)... played key minutes in the road game at Clemson (Oct. 18)... saw action in the Gardner-Webb game (Oct. 11)... played in the second half of the Duke game (Oct. 4) and the Mississippi State game (Sept. 20)... saw significant action in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (Aug. 28)... a talented redshirt freshman with good size.
Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
High SchoolNo. 5 overall prospect in Georgia (Rivals.com)
No. 6 overall prospect in Georgia (Scout.com)
No. 15 offensive tackle in the nation (Scout.com)
No. 19 offensive tackle in the nation (Rivals.com)
Prepstar top 100
Rivals.com top 250 in 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100
The top offensive line prospect in the state of Georgia, and one of the best in the nation, according to Rivals and Scout.com . . . Also named to the Macon Telegraph Top 50 in Georgia and the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 . . . First-team all-state selection (Class AAA) . . . All-area by the Gainesville Times . . . Selected to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game . . . Coached by Bruce Miller at Gainesville High . . . Graded 94 percent for his senior season with 25 pancake blocks.
Full name is Nicholas Aaron Claytor ... Son of Lisa Claytor ... Born April 1, 1989.