Several coming on strong, in pursuit of Clay

Jamal Clay [Mahwah HS, Mahwah, NJ] could play on either the offensive or defensive side of the ball at the next level, and currently, schools in pursuit seem to be split between this Garden State standout's eventual collegiate position.

Jamal Clay has yet to receive his initial scholarship offer though several schools seem to be close to pulling the trigger. At 5-foot-9 and 170-pounds, Clay could wind up playing on either the offensive side of the ball, or on defense. A football standout in northern New Jersey by fall, Clay performs in track during the spring.

SOR has had the opportunity to see Clay in person early this spring, and though he was invited to The BigTime Showcase, Clay's schedule did not permit him to attend.

"I was invited to The BigTime Showcase but could not attend because of a track meet," stated Clay.

During the early evaluation period, several schools spanning the ACC, Big East, Big 10, and other conferences have dropped by to gather information on the speedy NJ prospect.

"Schools that have come are Maryland (Coach Sollazzo), Pittsburgh (Coach Haffley), Buffalo (Coach Mogridge), Temple (Coach Foley), Connecticut (Coach Lakatos), Purdue (Coach Anarumo) and a lot of D1aa schools," stated Clay.

Additional schools include Iowa's Coach Wilson, Rutgers' Coach Hewitt, Virginia's Coach Diaco, West Virginia and Illinois' Coach Sims.

"Most of them want me to come to their camp so I'll be doing a number of them during this summer," explained Clay.

"Uconn told me that I am a good athlete and they compared me to Kashif Moore. They also said that they want me to come up to their camp on June 14 which I will be at. They said if things go right I could have an offer. They want me for DB."

"Pitt came by and told me they don't offer kids usually without seeing them. Coach Haffley said I have a good chance to be offered and that I can be a really good player at Pitt. Maybe add like 10-15 lbs and I would be a good running back and a even better slot guy."

"Temple said they want to see me in camp. All the coaches loved my tape so they just want to see me in person. Because of my height they said I could play WR or DB. They just want to see me in person so they can get a good feel to offer me. I will be at their camp June 26th or June 28th."

It's an ACC school, however, that is recruiting Clay the hardest at this time.

"Maryland may be the team most interested in me. They told me my grades are fine, my highlight tape they love, and they want to see me at their camp. I will be there June 20th, right before the Rutgers camp. When I went to Maryland [earlier] I liked the campus. My parents liked it and it was a good fit. Coach Sollazzo loves me and said that I am high on their board and that if I am the player they think I am, I will have an offer."

In addition to the number of camps he will be at this summer, Clay will be in attendance this upcoming Tuesday [June 3rd] for the Scout.com Combine being held in Baltimore, MD.

"So far I have no top schools, but I should have a list of favorites by the end of the summer. I took a lot of visits and got a feel of what some schools are like so I should have a better idea of what my top schools are by the end of the summer," concluded Clay.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com

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