Wisc. RB John Clay Looking for Offers

Running back John Clay of Park High School in Racine, Wisc., is considered by many to be the best running back to ever play in the Badger state. It's very early in the recruiting process, but the 2005 Wisconsin Player of the Year is still awaiting his first offer. However, he does have a top four which includes Michigan.

Running back John Clay wears the No. 32 in honor of his idol, former Cleveland Brown great Jim Brown. While also considered a talented linebacker, Clay is set on where he wants to play in college. "I have no desire to play defense," he told GoBlueWolverine.com on Tuesday. "I'm a running back all the way."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Clay was named the 2005 Wisconsin Player of the Year, and led the Panthers to a 13-1 record, and the State WIAA Division 1 Championship with a convincing 28-9 win over Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln. Clay had 259 yards rushing, and touchdown runs of 3, 65, and 75 yards. On the season he had 2,032 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Clay, a young man who puts God, family, and friends above all else, is still awaiting his first college scholarship offer. "The schools are telling me they want me to come workout with them, so they can see more of me," he said. "I don't have any offers, but I like Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Nebraska. It's still early and I'm looking forward to hearing what the schools are going to tell me about why I should pick them."

Academics may be the reason Clay has not received any offers at this point. However, he reports a 2.8 grade-point average, and recently took the ACT. Scout.com Midwest recruiting analyst Chris Poll has seen Clay in action. "I haven't seen any junior in the Midwest better than Clay," Pool said. "There's not one school in the country that wouldn't offer Clay a scholarship based on talent alone."

Clay said he would attend the Nike Camp being held in May at Ohio State University. He is undecided about other camps and visits at this time. "Discussing that with my parents, which ones I'm going to see," he said.

The five-star standout also runs track for Park, participating in the 100 and 200-meter events, along with the 4X100 and 4X200 meter relays. "I'm the anchor leg for each relay event," he said.

Clay said he plans on taking the entire time do evaluate and decide on a college. "I'll wait until Signing Day to make a decision," he said. "My family is going to be very involved with my recruiting and will guide me. My parents will go on every visit."

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