"I'm still really open," Claiborne said. "I'm not thinking about recruiting too much yet. I want to go where I have a good chance of playing early. That's gonna be important, but right now I'm taking it slow."
While continuing to deny a leader, Claiborne favors Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, A&M, Tulane and LSU. The Tigers haven't offered. "LSU said they'd get back to me," Claiborne said. "I went to their camp and thought I did well. I guess they want to see some more of me during the season, but they are pretty interested."
Although Claiborne says he didn't watch much college football as a youngster, the Tigers are the closest thing to a childhood favorite he has. "I didn't start watching college football until the eighth grade," he said. "I watched a lot of LSU because we had a local guy who went there."
Besides visiting LSU, Claiborne also attended the Louisiana Tech summer camp. The Bulldogs were his first scholarship offer and they are still recruiting him the hardest.
"Louisiana Tech is a great place to play," he said. "I like the environment a lot and they are rebuilding all their facilities so it should be pretty nice once it's all done."
The Bulldogs are only two hours from Claiborne's house and he admits that may be a factor. "I'm really not sure yet," he said. "My mom really wants me to stay close, but my dad wants me to get away."
One school that Claiborne will likely visit during the season is Nebraska. "I know they have good tradition and I feel like if I went there I'd have a good chance to play early," he said. "They have new coaches, so things will be different there and they will be rebuilding."
Another program with new coaches that Claiborne is considering is A&M. "I've been watching them on TV a lot the last few years," he said. "It seems like a real good environment. I just want to see them throw the ball more and hopefully the new coaches will do that."
Claiborne says he can bench 235-pounds, squat 405 and has a 32-inch vertical jump.
"I have the ability to jump up and get the ball," he said. "I can break tackles for the short yards and make big things happen when I have the ball. I'm like Terrell Owens.
"But I want to improve my route running," he said. "I want to run smoother routes and work on my feet."
Claiborne says he wants to major in physical education and reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 20 ACT.