Top Peach State CB is 'Looking' at Michigan

Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge 2016 CB Chad Clay discusses his interest in Michigan, a possible visit to campus, other schools of interest and more.

Michigan secondary coach Michael Zordich has been on the recruiting trail for less than a week. And the newly named U-M assistant is already starting to make an impact on a top recruit from the Peach Tree state.

Who? Well, that player happens to be 2016 four-star cornerback Chad Clay.

On Tuesday, Zordich made his way to see the Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge standout for an in-school visit.

“He came to my school [on Tuesday],” said Clay, who stands at 6-foot-1, 178-pounds.“It’s the second time he’s came in the past week. Michigan hasn’t offered yet, but he said they have real high interest. But they are just working on getting their 2015 class straight.

“I really like coach Zordich. I like talking to him. He’s really straight forward. He also said I could come to Michigan and play early. They seem like they are really straight forward people.”

That being said, Clay says a Michigan offer would jump them near the top of his list.

“I have been watching Michigan football since I was younger,” Clay said. “I know Michigan is a really prestigious program. It’s a great school academically. And Ann Arbor is a great college town to live in. It would great if Michigan offered me. They would be on the top list.”

With Clay’s building relationship with Michigan and Zordich, he says he is aiming for a possible visit to U-M this spring.

“I might try to head up to Michigan’s spring game,” Clay said. “I might try to go up there for that. Because I am really looking at Michigan.

“I just want to see what Michigan is like. I want to meet the rest of the coaches. I want a chance to meet coach [Jim Harbaugh] himself. Because that’s a great coach, so I want to meet him. And just see what the campus is like up at Michigan.”

However, Clay says he still hasn’t had a chance to talk with Harbaugh -- yet.

“I haven’t a chance to talk with [Harbaugh],” Clay said. “I have his phone number. I just haven’t had a chance to get in contact with him. He just got up there so they have been real busy.”

The fact that Clay is considering Michigan is one thing, but the thought of him playing in cold weather is another. Hi did acknowledge the thought of playing in the colder climate of Michigan has crossed his mind.

“I have thought of that,” Clay said of playing in cold weather. “This weekend I went to Chicago. I got off the plane and was like, ‘It’s cold up here, you know?’ When it comes down to it, if it’s a chance for me to play college football and get a free education – I’ll buy me a jacket – I can take the cold.”

In no particular order, Clay says LSU, Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisville and Auburn are his top schools sticking out in his recruitment. He noted he has already been on numerous campus visits to LSU, Georgia and Tennessee.

And when goes on campus visits, he says he is looking for certain aspects from each program.

“The first thing I am going to look at is the coaching staff,” Clay said. “You can tell who wants you more. I am looking at coaches, facilities and then the academic part. If they have what I want to major in. And what I am going to look forward to after football in my life.”

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