Quick Eval: Cody Clay

In the first game of his senior season, West Virginia commitment Cody Clay flashed the skills that made him WVU's initial pledge in the class of 2010.

Facing off against Woodrow Wilson High School in the season opener, Clay lined up at tight end, in the slot and out wide on various formations designed to highlight his pass catching abilities. He did just that in in his school's 55-12 romp.

Clay clearly has the best hands of any tight end prospect in the Mountain State in a long time. When he's tracking the ball, both hands move together, and he catches the ball cleanly, away from his body, rather than trapping it the way many high schooler players do. This was evident on each of his four catches, but none more so than his first grab of the evening.

Lining up on the left side, Clay ran a mid-range crossing route, picking his way through the defense while looking for an open spot. When the pass came his way, it was a bit high and outside, but he grabbed it cleanly, using both hands to reach out and snare the ball.

Clay also proved tough to bring down on a subsequent catch, grabbing a seam route and rumbling downfield for extra yardage. He capped his four-catch, 73-yeard evening with a low sliding reception where he cradled a low throw just inches above the turf.

In the run game, Clay ties into opponents well and isn't afraid to battle it out with bigger foes. He helped spring teammates for a couple of long runs, and stayed with his blocks to the whistle. He will need to work more on staying low and not leaning too much and getting off balance, but there's no question the Mountaineers have an excellent prospect for the position.


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