WR Has Duke Among Early Favorites

One of the state's best receiving prospects is Wilmington (N.C.) Laney High standout Tevin Clay. He's also on the Duke recruiting board and spoke to TDD recently.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I am hearing from schools such as NC State, East Carolina, Duke, South Carolina, and North Carolina," said Tevin Clay. "I don't have any particular favorites, but I know I am looking for a school that has great academics and a good football program."

Clay spent last season terrorizing Eastern North Carolina opponents as a wide receiver, free safety, and return man for Laney. In 2010 he finished the year with 87 catches for 1,450 yards and 14 touchdowns. It was good enough to take home All-State and All-Conference honors despite the Buccaneers posting just a 6-6 record and losing in the first round to Wakefield.

"I'm being recruited as a wide receiver by all of the schools. Right now my strengths are my ability to go up and make a play for the ball, my ability to break tackles, my toughness, and my ability to run precise routs. Coaches have told me they notice my physical stature and how well mannered I am. I know that one of my weaknesses is my speed, but I'm working on it."

That self-evaluation may be a bit harsh, however.

After all, Clay has a 4.56 forty time on the books which isn't bad for an extremely strong receiver that measures out at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. It's not often you find a receiver with a near 300 (290) pound bench press max and a squat max of 410 pounds with a power clean of 280 pounds.

The Blue Devils have made a habit of looking for big receivers to compliment their fast paced slot recruits and Clay may very well fit the bill. He's already visited Duke a couple of times and came away impressed.

"Coach Matt Luke is my main recruiter and we have a very good relationship. The first thing you think about with Duke is the education. They are one of the best schools in the world when it comes to education. With the football program I love the coaches. They all seem really down to earth and it seems like Duke has one of the best coaching staffs around. They are definitely one of my favorite schools."

Clay admits he doesn't have a timetable for a decision and wants to build on the visits he has already taken to date which include trips to Duke, North Carolina, and East Carolina. He will focus on the summer circuit and look to gain his first offers as the Spring progresses.


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