Clay Wouldn't Mind More Options

Michael Clay, the 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep, has scholarship offers from Pac-10 schools he's happy with, but he still wants to get a few more to give him more options this fall...

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep linebacker Michael Clay (6-0, 205), the top defensive prospect in the Bay Area this year, is sitting on eight scholarship offers, and a solid top five. But Clay isn't ready to completely shut the door on any schools.

"Right now, the five I'm focusing on are California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Washington State," said Clay. "And Cal and Oregon are my top two. All of those schools have offered me, so I'm focusing on them right now."

But Clay said that he's hoping a strong start to his senior season can bring him some more attention and, more importantly, more offers to give him more options to consider.

"I'm not going to decide until the end of my season, after I take some visits. I'm planning to send out my tape to some schools who haven't offered me yet after my first four games, and we'll see what happens from that," Clay said.

UCLA and Arizona State are two of the schools most notably that Clay plans to send film. "I want to give other schools, like UCLA and Arizona State, a chance to see me this fall before I decide. So I'm not in a rush," said Clay.

But Clay is a bit in a holding pattern currently. "For now, it's about the schools who have offered me and shown me a lot of interest," said Clay. "I haven't talked to any coaches lately because most of my recruiters have been on vacation, but I plan to start talking with them again and start getting some official visits set up."

Clay said he's hoping to get all five of his visits set up, and he wants to have visited each of those schools before he makes a decision. He said, "I want to make sure I've seen everything about the school before I commit somewhere."

Most of the programs are showing interest in Clay as a hybrid/rover type ‘backer, where he can be in coverage, but come up to the line to make tackles in run support. During the summer, he's been working on his coverage in passing leagues to help make the transition to safety if that's what it takes.

The MVP of the Oregon Nike Camp and an all-combine choice at the Los Angeles UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine, Clay is one of four players on Bellarmine Prep who have Pac-10 offers.

During his 2007 junior season, Clay had 110 tackles and was named first team all-state underclass. Bellarmine opens their 2008 season against Clovis HS of Fresno.

Academically, he has a 2.8 GPA and achieved a qualifying test score on the SAT.


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