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Clifton Excels On Gridiron, Holds Offer
Things seem to be moving right along for the Katy (TX) football team. Not only are the Tigers sitting at 5-0 on the year, but once again they have flexed some muscle on the defensive side of the football. Coming off a recent 45-14 win over Strake Jesuit last Saturday at Rice Stadium, the defense was stellar holding Strake Jesuit to 209 total yards, many of which came late in the game after the contest was already won. And if the conversation of the strength of the Tiger defense is being discussed, linebacker Grant Clifton's name is sure to come up. In the win, Clifton had nine tackles and 2.5 sacks. "You have to give a lot of credit to our defensive line. They hold those guys off of us so that we can make the plays," Clifton said. "I believe that our ‘D' is good, but you can never be satisfied. You never stop getting better." That attitude is likely the reason why the Tigers have given up a little over two touchdowns per game against some area's top competition. And while 5-foot-11, 230-pound Clifton is quick to give others credit for the success, it could clearly be stated that he is the leader. His play has been solid over the last couple of years. And now, he is beginning to see the fruits of his labor in the sense of him playing at the next level. "Yes, I have an offer. I got one from the Naval Academy (Navy)," Clifton said. "I was real excited when I got it and have talked with the coaches down there. I'm excited about the scheme Navy runs. I plan to visit there in January." Aside from the military program, Clifton said that schools like Texas A&M, UTEP, Colorado and North Texas have all been in contact as well. He also mentioned Rice. But, one thing is at the forefront of his mind. "I'm really trying to get that ring. The rest of this will come," Clifton said.
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