Back From One Trip, Clay Planning Others

Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic running back Roman Clay visited Kent State and is planning trips to Delaware and Penn State this month. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder spoke with FOXSportsNEXT about where his recruitment stands.

Roman Clay delayed an August announcement because he wanted to see where his senior season took him.

And so far, it's taken the Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic running back down the field.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Clay rushed for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns in the first five games, and schools are taking notice.

After returning from his first official visit, a jaunt to Kent State, Clay said Penn State, Miami (Ohio), Massachusetts, Delaware and Old Dominion remain in consistent contact.

He has an official visit set for Delaware this coming weekend, and he will be at Penn State for an unofficial visit when the Nittany Lions host Ohio State on Oct. 27.

"They really want me to come up to a game," Clay said. "I know they came to one of my games last week. (Running backs) coach (Charles) London came down and watched so I know they're really interested."

Clay added Penn State told him an offer could come in November, when the Nittany Lions' evaluations of what is needed in the recruiting class and what holes need to be filled in the program are more complete.

"I want to see how they handle adversity going through the times they've had," Clay said. "A lot of games are going to be real close and if team is on losing end, I don't want to be where guys expect losing. I want them to fight until the end."

While the Penn State is a few weeks away, Clay recapped his weekend trip to Kent State, where it was evident he is a coveted commodity.

"They really want me. I learned that," he said. "I think I remember them saying I'm first back they offered. They went through how I can fit in their off and how I can help them out.

"I can tell they really wanted me to commit. I'll stay in touch with them and they're at the top of my list."

The official visit allowed Clay to see Kent State in a different light, and one of the things he took out of the visit was the bond within the team.

"The football team is really close," Clay said. "I learned that right away and they have each other's back, and they are able to pull through tough times. The biggest thing is they are able to handle adversity."

Clay also received plenty of attention from the coaching staff.

"I got there and first I went to the football game and watched them beat Ball State," Clay said. "Then I had dinner with the head coach (Darrell Hazell) and the position coach (Jafar Williams) and then hung out with the players a little bit.

"The next morning I had breakfast with the offensive coordinator (Brian Rock) and toured the campus a little bit, and met with the (support) staff that helps out with the football program. Then, I had a meeting with assistant coaches and then with the head coach and then had lunch and left."

Clay said he was not inclined to commit, and added this weekend's trip to Delaware is the only other one he has set.

"I will probably take (others) after the season," Clay said.


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