Clay Stands out at Rutgers Camp

Standing at just a shade over 5'9" and 170-pounds, Jamal Clay [Mahwah HS, Mahwah, NJ] came to the recent Rutgers Football Camp hoping to impress onlookers. Clay did just that and then some, showing that he is without a doubt, a BCS level cornerback prospect.

Jamal Clay [5'9"/170-pounds], by way of Mahwah HS in Mahwah, NJ, has yet to receive his initial scholarship offer, but after his recent performance at the Rutgers Football Camp, the northern New Jersey athlete left no doubt as to the type of player he is and the sort of player he can develop into.

Clay, who has the look, build, and play of a high-level Division-I prospect, demonstrated explosiveness, and impressive ball skills, during his camping stay at RU, repeatedly going against somehttp://media.scout.com/media/image/56/564826.jpg of the top WRs present. Indeed, Clay was the lone DB on hand that repeatedly held the advantage against Devin Street [Liberty HS, PA] and despite his smaller size [in comparison to that of Street's] showed an impressive ability to play bigger than his size.

"My performance at the Rutgers camp, I felt I gave it my all. I thought I did very good in the drills and in the 1 on 1's I got as many reps as possible not only at DB but at WR and I felt I did good on both sides. I made a lot of big plays," stated Clay.

Clay has had an opportunity to impress other coaches at other camps as well, consequently boosting his recruitment.

"The recruiting has been good. I have been really busy the past month going to camps and taking visits. Maryland has been in contact with my coach and me through email. They like me a lot at DB after my performance at their camp so depending on how things go I could have an offer from them before the season starts," said Clay. "I wasn't able to make it up to Pitt but Coach Hafley still likes me and believes that I would fit great in their offense. He said he will be following me through the season."

"A lot of coaches from the Rutgers coaching staff liked the way I played during the 7-on-7 and I was one of the players getting evaluated during camp. I like Rutgers a lot. I don't have any list of favorites yet but already know Rutgers will be in my top when I have one."

"Other schools that have been showing interest that I didn't get a chance to visit are schools like Connecticut, Temple, North Carolina, Central Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, and Illinois."

With camping and combine season behind him, Clay's focus will rest with personal improvement and preparation for the upcoming football season.

"For the rest of the summer, besides recruiting, I will be training with the team lifting and running 5 days a week and just working on my position drills to help get the team a state championship. We will be training with velocity in Mahwah and they will help us get bigger, faster, and stronger. The goal is the win a state championship and to win the league 3 straight year in a row," continued Clay.

Clay holds a 3.2 GPA and has scored a qualifying score on his SATs: 900. "I feel I can do better but most coaches say that is a good number as of right now with my GPA."

In the weight room, Clay puts up a max of 265-pounds on the bench press and 370-pounds for the squat.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com


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