Commitment Coming For LB

Charles Clay was one of the top running backs in the state of Arkansas this year and the Little Rock (Central) standout took a trip to the University of Miami over the weekend.

"It went real good, I enjoyed it," Charles Clay said. "We got to hang out with the players, tour the campus, see a lot of the city, and things like that. I really enjoyed myself. The best part about the visit for me was hanging out with the players. They were all real nice and real cool."

Clay said he enjoyed being in town for Super Bowl weekend.

"That was nice because there were a lot of things going on," he said. "The traffic started getting real havy on Saturday."

Clay, who was hosted by Spencer Adkins, enjoyed meeting Coach Shannon this weekend.

"He's real straight forward with you," he said. "He's a real cool guy. He did something other schools don't really do when you're there. He let all the parents talk to the current players and ask them questions. He said he has nothing to hide and that was something they needed to do if they want their kids playing here."

Clay, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, was offered a scholarship today and will likely become a commitment very soon.

"I'll probably do it today or tomorrow," he said. "I'm really excited about Miami. They're definitely my top school.

Clay, who also visited Arkansas and Arkansas State, is being recruited as a linebacker by the Hurricanes.

"They say how much they like my athletic ability," he said. "I played running back and some safety this year but I have no problem playing linebacker. Coach Shannon talked about how I'll fit into the system and everything."

The talented linebacker prospect said he only appeared on UM's recruiting radar earlier this month.

"I heard from them for the first time about two or three weeks ago," he said. "Coach Walton was the first one to contact me. They asked me down for a visit and now it's looking real good for them."

Clay, who is a full academic qualifier with a 19 on the ACT, took the visit with his mother.

"She really liked it," he said. "She had a lot of questions and all the players and coaches answered them truthfully."

Clay said he enjoyed hanging out with the other recruits.

"There were a bunch of us," he said. "We all had a good time. I saw Kerry Murphy, the big receiver (O'Neal Wilder) who came late, saw Cannon Smith," he said. "A lot of the guys really liked Miami."

Stay tuned for confirmation on Clay's commitment, which will likely go public today.

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