Georgia athlete talks Army

All of Clay French's previous offers had been at safety. That was until Army came in last week and extended their offer to the 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete from Northview High School in Duluth, Ga. at outside linebacker. French was eager to speak with ArmySports.com on his interest in possibly attending West Point.

"It was just like a few days ago when I received the offer from Coach Brent Davis," French said. "I really like Army. It's a prestigious school. When you come out of the academy you have a lot of opportunities open up for you in life. I haven't ever been to West Point but I'll be taking a visit there sometime this summer.

"When I was talking with Coach (Jovan) DeWitt, he said that they liked me at outside linebacker. He said they watched my film together, as a staff, and liked the way I play and they really liked what they saw from me. I'm just very excited about the offer."

Growing up, French said that he never followed a particular team, but would follow players to model his game after like the late Sean Taylor.

"I liked to watch Sean Taylor on the field," he said. "He was a big physical safety with great hip motion like cornerbacks have and could make the kind of hits you see linebackers make. As a safety, he's someone you look to.

"I do love playing both outside linebacker and safety. Whatever I'm told to do, I'll do it. I feel like I'm a complex player and I try to model my game after a wide variety of guys I've watched play over the years."

French's offers have come from Old Dominion, Elon, Tennessee State, and Charleston Southern. During spring practice French said as many as 25 D-1 programs stopped in to visit him.

"Georgia Tech was on that came and has been showing interest," French stated. "I talked with Bryan Cook for awhile when he was here. I'd have to say I'm pretty wide open right now. I'm looking for a school that feels like home to me. I've lived in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, so I've been in all types of climates. It's always been a goal of mine to play early. I want to go in and compete and give my absolute best.

"I think my best attributes are my ability to play physical, my speed, I've been told I'm good in coverage. I'm a solid tackler and play well in space. Those are some of the things I've been told by coaches recruiting me."

In the coming year, French believes that the Titans will be much improved off a 5-5 season in 2013 with players like D.J. Pearson Jr. and Nate Phillips.

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