When you rush for over 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns in a single season it isn't hard to get noticed. It's how five-star running back John Clay has made himself a name. Clay, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from the state of Wisconsin, ran around and through everyone in his path while guiding his team to a 13-1 record.
"I wait for my holes to open up. I am a patient running back with the ball in my hands. I know I have a lot to offer any school. As for my strengths, I can read my blocks and follow my lines," said Clay.
With attributes like that, it's no wonder that Clay has become one of the hottest commodities in the nation. Schools from across the nation have been flocking to Wisconsin with the hopes of landing the prep star. And Clay knows exactly what he's looking for.
"I want to find a program that fits me, maybe a place that I can start as a freshman if I'm mentally and physically ready. I'd like to go to a place that will give me a good college education. I don't think distance will be a factor. I know my parents will support me wherever I go.
"Right now the schools that have offered me are Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State, Illinois and Iowa. I've been keeping in contact with Texas. You know they should be coming in soon to visit. I don't have a top five right now though. I don't have a leader. I'm wide open."
One school conspicuously absent from the list is the Michigan Wolverines. While the Maize and Blue were not mentioned specifically, Clay mentioned the Wolverines have kept in contact.
"They (Michigan) came into school to visit before. I talked to the coordinator. We talked for a little bit. A couple of them came. It was a guy named Terry. I think he was the tight ends coach. One of the other guys that came is here today."
As of the Ohio State Nike Camp, no visits had been taken and summer camps discussions are just now underway.
"I don't have any plans for summer camp at this time, but I'm discussing it with my parents right now."
Clay reports a 2.8 core GPA along with a 17 on the ACT.
Nike Camp Update: John Clay
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