Mich Still a Fav for Wisconsin RB John Clay

Wisconsin was the first to offer running back John Clay of Park High School in Racine, Wisc. Several schools have since followed suit, yet one of his favorites has held back on extending a scholarship to the talented player. Clay spoke Monday with GoBlueWolverine.com, who said Michigan was still high on his list, despite the lack of an offer at this point.

There was a time recently when reports stated that five-star running back John Clay of Park High School in Racine, Wisc., had yet to receive a single scholarship offer. However, that is no longer the case. "Wisconsin was the first to offer," Clay said. "I also have offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, and Ohio State. I'm getting a lot of interest from Michigan, Miami, Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas."

The five-star Clay is a two-time All-State selection, and racked up 2,032 yards and 31 touchdowns during his junior season. He said all the schools are recruiting him for running back, which is his preferred position.

The University of Michigan has always been at or near the top of the talented Clay's favorites, and that has not changed even though the Wolverines have yet to extend an offer. "I'm not sure why they haven't because I haven't talked to them in a while," he said. "I plan on getting down there with my parents during the season to see a couple of games. I like Michigan a lot because they aren't afraid to play freshmen, they started two freshmen a couple years ago." Michigan quarterback Chad Henne and running back Mike Hart both started for the Wolverines as true freshmen.

While the lure of playing as a freshman appears appealing to Clay, he said early playing time is not going to be a major consideration in his selection of a college. "I'm looking at academics first," he said. "I want to go to a school that stresses academics, and graduates its players." Clay reports a 2.8 grade-point average. He said he had taken the ACT but had yet to receive his score.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Clay said he hasn't decided on whether he will attend any summer camps, but will be participating in the Scout.com combine at the University of Iowa on April 22. He will also attend a Nike combine at Ohio State.

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