It has been evident so far during North-South practices that Clinton isn't leaving anything on the field.
"He had a little stomach issue [Tuesday] morning with dehydration,'' said North coach Jodi Mote of St. Marys. "That was our intent coming into camp, putting the ball in his hands. We'll wear his feet out on Saturday. He's a scrambler so I'd like to get that run-pass threat and get the ball to our playmakers.''
Mote said Clinton is a great quarterback and an even better person.
"Just special,'' he said. "He's such a special kid. A kid like that with the success he's had, he could come in here and say, 'You can't teach me anything,' or 'This is how we do it,' but it's been totally opposite.
"I just can't say enough about him. The kids really look up to him and he just has an outgoing personality. He's not the type of kid that 'it's all about me.' Great to work with [and has] a great team concept.''
Clinton said he is cherishing this week on the West Virginia State campus in Institute, where the all-stars live and practice twice a day.
"It's amazing,'' he said. "Everybody has something to bring to the table. You've got to be ready. I've played against some of [the other players] and I've played with some of them. We're getting to know each other. It's a good opportunity to play on Saturday. You've only got one game to play. You've got to give it your all.''
Saturday's game, however, won't be Clinton's swan song in the Kanawha Valley. He is headed to the University of Charleston this fall to play wide receiver.
"I'm supposed to be starting this year,'' he said. "I've got some shoes to fill. I just want to take advantage of it. I love the players. It's like a family. I'm going to continue my journey.''
And what a trip it's already been.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.