It’s easy to make comparisons, particularly when it comes to players from the same family tree.
That’s precisely the case with Gregory Clayton, one of Louisiana’s premier wide receiver prospects in the Class of 2018.
As it pertains to last names, Clayton doesn’t have to worry much.
In terms of genes and skill-sets, however, it’s hard not to liken Clayton to his older brother, former LSU great and Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect out of Lutcher High School (La.) could be on the same path as his brother, particularly as he awaits an offer from LSU.
But Clayton remains resolute on finding his own path — in recruiting and in college — whether the Tigers are included in that plan or not.
“I would love to carve out my own path to wherever I go to college, and hopefully I can be better (than Landry) one day,” Clayton told SEC Country.
“Coaches want me to be myself and not try to be exactly like Jarvis. When he went to college, I couldn’t be around him as much.”
Clayton believes that separation is paying dividends now.
The highly regarded slot receiver is about a week removed from attending LSU’s junior camp event, “Boys From The Boot,” as a sophomore.
He spoke with the coaches, including Les Miles, and expects an offer from the hometown Tigers as early as the spring and “definitely” by the start of his junior campaign.
“It was great just to get the opportunity to go and tour the school,” Clayton said. “(It’s) definitely somewhere I can end up in the next two years. LSU been around since I was like 10 years old (because of Landry), but I’m still going to weigh my options. I still have a lot of other schools out there that I like and would love to visit.”
The interest from the coaches was apparent during “Boys From The Boot,” as the prominent message was that Clayton could be a missing link.
As LSU’s offense continues to gain steam with more spread principles, another slot receiver in the mold of Landry could be a quintessential piece.
“I got a chance to talk to coach Cam (Cameron) and I talked to coach Les Miles,” Clayton recalled. “It was mostly about grades and their offense and about coming there, like how much of a good decision my brother made to go there and how they think I would fit in with the offense, and possibly winning the national championship.”
Clayton agreed, admitting he believes he’s a strong fit with the Tigers.
As does Landry, who from a distance continues to play a major role in his little brother’s life.
That includes his recruitment, as the two brothers meet every summer to train together.
While Clayton aims to make his own name for himself as a standout slot receiver, he continues to learn from one of the best.
So, how close is he to catching up to Landry?
“He helps me a lot,” Clayton said. “Every summer I fly up to where he’s at and train with him, but I try not to compare myself to him just yet. I still have a lot of work to do until I can compare our skills. But (like Landry), I see myself fitting in their program well, too.”