A Google search for Mallory Claybourne doesn't provide as much clarity as one would hope for.
His name brings up a handful of recruiting profiles, which either list him as a wide receiver or a defensive back. Some have him playing for Perry Traditional Academy, the school where he spent his first three years, but most say he plays for Renaissance Christian Academy, a private school at which Claybourne attended classes last spring but didn't end up staying or playing there.
Fewer search results have him correctly placed at Sto-Rox, where he's been catching passes this season, but all of them can at least agree on one thing: Mallory Claybourne is a football player fans want to keep an eye on.
College coaches second the notion, with several of them vying to acquire Claybourne's services. That warning goes double for defenses in the WPIAL, who might be best served putting a second set of eyes on him.
Claybourne, a 6-foot, 180-pound speed receiver who began his athletic career in track, has burned defenses for 31 receptions and 801 yards -- that yardage total is fourth most in the WPIAL -- and 15 touchdowns this season while helping Sto-Rox to a 9-0 record, the Big Seven Conference title and the Post-Gazette's No. 1 ranking in Class A.
He caught the pass that secured the all-time WPIAL passing yardage record for quarterback Lenny Williams on Oct. 12 during a victory against Western Beaver and he isn't bad on defense, either.
"He gets past one person and he could take it [for a touchdown] every play, every time he touches the ball." Williams said. "He's got that kind of speed.
"He's a playmaker, enough said."
But unlike many playmakers, who like to remind the crowd they made a big play five seconds after making it, Claybourne is reserved. Even off the field, most describe him as one of the quieter people they know.
"He's a quiet, humble, special athlete," Sto-Rox coach Dan Bradley said.
"He showed a great maturity for a young man," Perry coach Bill Gallagher added. "All the great ones have that ability. He was like a quiet-type leader. He didn't say 'Look at me,' he just did it. He had no need to stand out in a crowd, no desire to showboat."
Claybourne presents a refreshing change in a time when you're more likely to hear the words "swag" and "twerk" than sweat and hard work.
"I choose to be [quiet] because I figured all the loud ones never get anywhere," Claybourne said. "When you can do everything positive with a closed mouth, I think that people will respect you more."
Claybourne credits family members for instilling that attitude in him, with an assist to Jerry Rice, a player he looked up to for being the greatest of all time without having to tell people about it.
Being quiet and studious has helped Claybourne reach the level he's achieved. Coming to football from track, he had the raw ability, but that could only take him so far. Claybourne studied receivers in the NFL, college, high school -- anyone he could find, really -- to watch how they ran their routes and worked against defenses. And then he practiced and practiced.
"At first, I really struggled running certain routes," he said, but now that's one of the first things coaches compliment about him.
Claybourne has jelled with Williams this season -- they had played 7-on-7s together before -- and both would like a championship before heading off to college. Claybourne hasn't picked a college yet, but admits he's ready for the process to be over. He declined to name specific schools that have shown interest other than to acknowledge that they are Division I programs.
Williams said he's also close to deciding and will announce his choice after the season.
Sto-Rox doesn't have a track or baseball team, which Claybourne would've liked to join, so he plans to work out with Williams and running back Brendan Blair all winter as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.
Those who know Claybourne bet he'll be ready.
"A lot of times high school kids will talk it," Gallagher said, "but he goes out and does it."
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