Roman Clay is on top of the world. He helped his team to a state championship victory in December. His team might not have a chance to repeat as state champs next year, as Lancaster Catholic will move up to Class AAA.
Clay, however, set new school records with 1,899 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns. He's quickly shifting his focus to recruiting. Clay was also invited to the Semper Fidelis combine in Arizona earlier this month, held in conjunction with the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
"It was a lot of fun," Clay said. "I got to meet a bunch of new kids, four or five stars in my class, compare myself to them, compete with all the guys there. I'll find out either in a couple months if I got invited to game next year. I tested in the 40, and did individual drills; one-on-ones."
Clay has already received interest from schools such as Miami, Duke, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. Yet, it's the Terps that he hears the most from. This past week, Boston College came by his school. He's also started to hear from Clemson and Virginia Tech.
"I talk to coach (John) Dunn, he's their tight ends coach," Clay said. "We talk every week. We talk about how things are going at Maryland. He said I'm on their radar. I have a pretty high interest with them. Hopefully they will be my first offer."
"The coaches are doing a good job. They're persistent, saying they're focused on this (2012 recruiting) class."
Clay has gone to one Maryland game this season, its season-opening win over Miami.
He expects to get back to College Park for a junior day, or maybe even a spring visit. He's obviously eager to turn his focus to recruiting after winning a state title. The Semper Fidelis combine is his first stop. At the same time, he's still basking in the glow of being a state champ.
"They're not too many kids that get to (win a state title)," Clay said. "There were seven other teams there, and only three others get to win it."