Torn Between Powers

Antonio Clay says this season has been going exactly as planned. His team has been blowing past its opposition from day one. "I've been lining up all over the field at different positions," Clay said. "Whether it's defensive end, linebacker, or tight end, I've just been blowing by people."

The talented linebacker prospect said he set out to be the best in the state prior to the season and is working to achieve that goal.

"I wanna help my team win a state title and be the best player out here in the meantime," he said.

Clay has been getting numerous phone calls from college coaches but says only two programs have a chance.

"I have it down to either Oklahoma or Miami," he said. "I really like them both a lot and I've been going back and forth on which one I like more."

The standout senior will leave for his official visit to OU first thing Saturday morning.

"I'll get a chance to hang out with the players and coaches, see what the school is like, and be there for a game atmosphere," he said. "I plan on taking my official visit to Miami later this month and then I'll be able to sit down and compare the two. I'll announce my final choice on Countdown To Signing Day sometime during the season."

Clay planned on being at the UM/FSU game but had to change his plans when the game was moved back a few days.

"We have a game on Friday so I wasn't able to make it," he said. "I'll check up on it though."

UM coaches Vernon Hargreaves and Tim Walton have been recruiting Clay for the Hurricanes.

"I get along really well with Coach Walton," he said. "Coach Hargreaves called me last week and talked about getting me down there and getting me on the field."

Clay, who sports a hair style that features lots of hair, said he plans on keeping it.

"Oh no," he exclaimed when asked about cutting all of his hair off as an incoming freshman. "That ain't happening."

That's what they all say, Antonio.

One thing's for sure -- he will strongly consider the Hurricanes.

"I love Miami," he said. "I've been there, saw how things are. I think I could really make an impact and help them win. I'm all about winning and playing fast and making plays. That's exactly how Miami and Oklahoma play defense."

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