Michael Clayton on his decision to play Rutgers football

Michael Clayton committed to the Rutgers University football program on Saturday night because the Big Ten program has built a close relationship with the Georgia athlete.

When Clayton received an offer from Rutgers in late May, he quickly arranged an official visit with the Scarlet Knights. And during that official visit over the weekend, Clayton committed to Rutgers.

Clayton is a 6'1″, 175-pound wide receiver and cornerback from Northside High School (Warner Robins, Georgia). He is fast and has impressive agility. Rutgers was his first Power Five offer, but there likely would have been more in the summer and fall.

He is a three-star recruit and the No. 51 cornerback in the country according to 247Sports.

The decision to commit to Rutgers on the official visit was based on his feelings during the visit, he said.

“Well, Rutgers really had everything I was looking for and my overall experience was great,” Clayton told Rutgers Wire on Sunday night.

“It just felt like a great fit and after thinking, praying and talking to my parents, I saw no reason not to make my decision.”

His other official visits to Central Michigan and Georgia State have been canceled, he said.

“I’m shutting everything down,” Clayton said.

“I’m 100 percent in.”

Clayton had 35 total tackles and five passes defensed in his ten games as a junior.

The weekend gave Clayton an insight into life at Rutgers while allowing him to further develop his relationship with the program.

When asked what stood out about the program, Clayton couldn't pinpoint a single moment. Instead, he talked about the mentality of everyone in the Rutgers football environment.

“The unity of the entire program,” Clayton said.

“Everyone is on the same page and wants to do their part to build the best possible team – be it players or staff.”