"He's just an athletic, disciplined receiver," Laney head coach Greg Ditz said. "He's very intelligent… His ball skills are pretty much unmatched from what I've seen at the high school level right now – if the ball is in the air, he seems to come down with it.
"He's a big play receiver. He has the ability to take you deep at any time and he's going to catch the ball for a possession route, too, if that's what you need… He's not going to beat you deep with his speed – it's more about his route running ability."
Clay was forced to play quarterback his sophomore season, because expected starter Mike Sheehan broke his collarbone a few games in.
"It forced me to learn all the routes," Clay said. "I now know where everybody is supposed to be. It also helped me with reading coverages."
With a new perspective at the position and a healthy Sheehan, Clay made 75 receptions for 1,301 yards and ten touchdowns last season.
"We run multiple route combinations based on what coverages [the defense] is giving him, so he has the chance to break off his route or take his route deep," Ditz said. "We run a complex offense for the first time just because we have an intelligent guy at quarterback and also at receiver."
Clay is receiving significant interest from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, and NC State.
"Tevin's [college interest] is a lot about coming to camp," Ditz said. "They all want him to come to camp in the summer... The summer is going to make or break him – he's got to do well at the camps. "
Clay plans to camp at the four aforementioned colleges this summer. He has already made unofficial visits to Duke, East Carolina, and UNC.
At UNC, Clay has developed a strong relationship with area recruiter Charlie Williams, who coaches UNC's wide receivers.
"Him and I are very, very close," Clay said. "Every time I went to Chapel Hill, I talk to him, he's the first one I see, and he's the one I chill with a lot.
"He has told me there's a lot of receivers there that have red-shirted. But I still have my chance – I'm not going to give up on it."
Clay, who grew up a UNC fan, is trying to approach the recruiting process with an open mind.
"I want to keep my options wide open," Clay said. "I kind of like Carolina when I went there, because everything seems like it's where I'm supposed to be."
Clay also plays baseball and basketball for Laney. He's a key reserve at small forward on the hardwood, and pitches and plays center field on the diamond. Last spring, he helped Laney win the NCHSAA 4A state title in baseball.
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