PA. RB Clay Weighing Options

Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic High running back Roman Clay is looking hard at UMass and Kent State, and is waiting to hear back from UConn and Pittsburgh about offers. He spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about his recruitment, and whether he is close to making a decision.

Before Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic running back Roman Clay decides on a school, he may have to decide on time frame.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Clay holds offers from Massachusetts and Kent State, as well as a few FCS schools, but he is also awaiting word from Pittsburgh and Connecticut about offers.

"I've been in contact with some schools and I'm still waiting on decisions from them," Clay said. "A couple schools wanted to see my first couple games of the season. I just feel like that's a really long time to put this off."

Those couple of schools are Pittsburgh and UConn, where Clay camped this summer.

"I went up there for their one-day camp and coach (Paul) Pasqualoni loved me when I was there," Clay said. "I'm just waiting to hear back from them now. I remember they said they were going to talk about it (in late) July."

Clay enjoyed the atmosphere of Storrs, Conn.

"It felt like a football school," Clay said. "The facilities are really nice. I walked in and was like, ‘Wow.' "

Clay also made a visit to Pittsburgh.

"I loved it," he said. "All their coaches are really cool. I loved them. I loved the campus. It was really beautiful. Also, with coach (Paul) Chryst coming from Wisconsin, and being their offensive coordinator …you know how Wisconsin is with their running backs. That's a perfect fit for that offense."

Clay is a workhorse type of running back. He ran for 1,899 yards and 31 touchdowns on 186 carries as a junior, and that included rushing for 154 yards in the state semifinal and state title game wins.

As of now, though, Clay is looking hard at a pair of schools to already offer, and he could be closing in on a decision.

"Right now my top schools are UMass and Kent State," Clay said. "I might make (Kent State) one of my officials. I know they're in the MAC, but not much else. I know if I want to go visit them, I might have to push back my decision a little bit."

Clay also visited UMass, and he liked the vision new coach Charley Molnar is selling as the Minutemen ready to play their first season at the FBS level.

"They're a run a offense team and they love to get their running back the ball a lot," Clay said. "I liked a lot about them. I liked the coaches. Coach Molnar is a real down-to-earth guy and he seems to know what he's talking about, and he just changed the whole atmosphere there."


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