GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Antonneous Clayton was Florida’s marquee “potential player” the past three seasons. Every time the Gators took the field for spring and fall camp, fans cued up a stream of questions and comments about Clayton’s role.
Clayton looked the part. Tall, muscular, athletic. He also has an engaging personality, one of the more interesting and best communicators on the team from a media standpoint.
Florida’s top recruit in the 2016 signing class, Clayton announced his plans to transfer on Monday.
“Please understand this decision is harder than it sounds but please understand I will be forever grateful for Gator Nation for their support and I wish you all the best,” Clayton posted on Twitter.
I’m never surprised when a player who doesn’t start early in his career opts to transfer, and I’m definitely not dazed when a player of Clayton’s stature coming out of high school transfers when playing time escapes his grasp. The timing was strange considering it’s in the middle of spring practice. That’s the way the system works, for better or worse.
Still, Clayton’s announcement caught me a bit off-guard only because six days earlier, he was very convincing as he spoke about being committed to proving himself with the Gators