Of all rising seniors in northeast Florida, none may be more dynamic than Sandalwood’s Antonio Clary. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete has been receiving heavy collegiate attention. Despite playing primarily as a defensive back, Clary has stepped in extensively at quarterback and is turning heads with his athleticism, size and versatility.
Last January, Clary was visited by members of the Alabama coaching staff and since then has received interest from a plethora of Power Five schools including Michigan State, North Carolina and Wake Forest.
After recently receiving his first scholarship offers from UConn, UAB and University of Tennessee-Martin, Clary will soon be taking on-campus visits.
“I’ll most likely go back to FAU and Wake Forest, I’m going to their Junior Day,” Clary told GN. “FAU is supposed to come and visit me (soon), their DB coach and O-line coach.”
The Saints defensive back won’t be playing much quarterback next season due to the emergence of Jeff Simms, but head coach Adam Geis has other plans for the versatile Clary.
“I’ll be playing running back a lot,” Clary said. “They need me at running back this year.”
How does Clary feel about playing multiple positions?
“A lot of schools are going to recruit me as an athlete and then decide what I’m going to play from there,” Clary said. “I’m just playing running back to help my team out, get the ball in my hands as much as possible. I’ll play receiver too because we have a great running quarterback, so I’ll get my option at receiver. On the defensive end, I’ll play safety and corner.”
The common notion for Clary is that he will be a DB in college. Last summer, Clary took part in a Florida State camp where former head coach Jimbo Fisher and staff showed interest.
“I haven’t really talked to any (Florida State) coaches since that, but coach Tino (Sunseri), he’d been talking with me a lot,” Clary said. “Coach (Charles) Kelly fell in love with me after the camp. Wherever he goes, he will probably try and contact me there. I’ll probably have a lot of contact with Coach Tino if he stays, but if Coach Kelly leaves, it will be a big difference.”
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