Clay Machen toured the academic side of Georgia Tech on Thursday, exploring the business school. He said he enjoyed what he saw in the classrooms and walking around campus, but is admittedly excited to take the field on Friday. The senior out of Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala. visited Clemson earlier in the week.
He has been speaking as frequently as possible with recruiting coach Charles Kelly and offensive line coach Todd Spencer, and he has gotten the impression that Tech is on the verge of extending an offer depending on what happens at the camp on Friday.
"(Friday) is a big day," Machen said.
With offers from Memphis, UAB, South Alabama and Georgia State, Machen is looking for that big-name program to give him an offer. After speaking with coaches and seeing the campus, he is already hoping that Georgia Tech will be the first major offer for him. Machen attended a spring practice at Tech in the past, but is looking forward to being the player on the field and showing his talents to the coaches.
Coach Kelly has told Machen that he wants to see him at offensive tackle, but that the class of 2012 will only have a few offensive linemen in it. So if he wants the chance to be one of the few who get an offer, he may have to perform at the highest level at the camp to impress the coaching staff.
Machen said he believes his feet and ability to get low on blocks, especially against linebackers, are strengths that will push him ahead in the eyes of the coaches. We will see if he leaves Atlanta this weekend with an offer from the Yellow Jackets.