Clay already boasts three scholarship offers before his junior season is even halfway complete.
"Stanford, oh, I was definitely excited about that one," said Clay. "My mom is pretty big on them, she would love for me to go there. Getting a letter from there was an eye-opener and I thought maybe they'd look at me a little more. Then my coach introduced the letter in front of everyone that they were offering me. I know if I go to Stanford, I'm set for academics and my future. I know with that education I have a better chance to be successful."
"I'd like to look at the in-state schools, like Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC, for sure but I'm open to leaving the area and playing football," said Clay. "I just want to get a good education while I'm playing."
His teammate, quarterback Tate Forcier, has committed to Michigan and Clay wouldn't mind hearing more from the folks in Ann Arbor.
"I know with Tate committing there, I was pretty happy for him. He told me they are looking at me now and to keep things open with them and they might want me to come along," said Clay.
Another teammate, tight end J.T. Kerr, is one of the top uncommitted tight ends in the West whom several schools are recruiting. With coaches coming by to watch Kerr and Forcier, Clay knows he'll have a chance to shine.
"Our offense is really improved with our line holding up pretty well. I'll get a lot of balls thrown to me on swing passes from Tate. I want to get at least 2,000 all-purpose yards this season. And I want to win a championship," said Clay.
Through three games, Scripps Ranch is 2-1, with Clay having rushed for 396 yards, including 206 against West Hills, with 17 catches for 210 yards. He's also scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. And for good measure, he threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Forcier.
In the classroom, Clay is also excelling, carrying a 3.5 GPA and planning on taking the SAT in the spring.