Clayton poses for a photo in the hallway of the Career Tech Center.

At 6’4″ Clayton towers above most of his peers and faculty at Quitman High School, but the QHS senior is not complaining. His size has been an asset to the Panther offensive line, but that was not the only thing about Clayton which served his fellow teammates. Head Football Coach Steve Bynum says about the offensive tackle,

“He is one of the finest young men I have ever had the opportunity to coach. This world needs more kids like Clayton.”

Clayton in a 2017 Panther football game.

Photograph courtesy of Pam Parker

In regards to what football has done for him, number 73 explains,

“It’s taught me how to work with other people by being part of a team.”

Clayton poses for his senior portrait.

Photograph courtesy of Pam Parker

The ability to utilize his strengths and cooperate with others who are doing the same in order to serve something greater than themselves will benefit the young man as he explores career opportunities, but first he plans to further his education.

“I’m going to MCC for two years in their industrial maintenance program. I think that’s what’s happening with jobs. Everything is going industrial, and that’s where the jobs are going to be.”

Outside of school and a career in industrial maintenance Clayton plans to be hunting and fishing in Clarke County. He loves the outdoors and enjoys Forestry class and FFA at the Career Tech Center as well as 4-H shooting sports through Mississippi State University’s Extension Service.

Clayton poses for his senior portrait.

Photograph courtesy of Pam Parker

When asked if he has any advice for those working to be where he is today, the young man who plans to graduate in May with nine college credits already completed, says,

“Take as many college credits as you can.”

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