LB Still Favors UM, Sets Visit

Linebacker Antonio Clay has been enjoying his time off this summer. He's now ready to get back to business. "I had a great summer," Clay said. "We start our season next week and I'm really excited. I'm getting chills just sitting here talking to you about it. I've never been more ready for anything in all my life. I can't wait."

At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Clay has emerged as one of the most heavily recruited linebacker prospects in the South.

"Since I've played mostly defensive end up to this point, not a lot of people know what I can really do as a linebacker," he said. "I love it out there. I'm gonna show everyone that I'm one of the best around. My speed and my ability to get to the ball carrier are what make different than most of those guys out there."

The talented linebacker prospect took an unofficial visit to UM in late June and was scheduled to see Oklahoma in late July.

"I actually never got out there to Oklahoma," he said. "I'll be going out there for an official visit instead but we really haven't decided on the exact date yet. I know that I'll be going to Miami in a few weeks for the Florida State game for my official visit. That should be a crazy game."

Clay has been in touch with UM coach Tim Walton throughout the summer.

"I met him on my visit and he's a great guy," he said. "I really get along well with him. I call him sometimes and we just talk about different things. He's been talking about getting me back down there so I can see more of the area and the program. He makes it seem like they really want me."

Clay claims scholarship offers from his four current favorites -- UM, OU, LSU, and Georgia.

"I'll probably end up taking visits to those four," he said. "They're all nice schools. Miami and Oklahoma are a little ahead of the other two right now. Miami, just the coaches, the tradition, the players, and their ability to put people in the NFL is what makes it amazing."

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