"I have to say the God, family and my friends are the three most important things to me," John Clay said.
"The best advice I've ever been given has been by my parents and that's just to work hard, don't give up and give 110 percent at everything and treat others how you want to be treated.
"I started playing football when I was around 8 or 9 years old and I always played running back. I wear No. 32 because of Jim Brown, he's my idol. I try and emulate his running style and I look up to him."
Dennis Thompson, head coach at Park High, first heard of Clay when John was an eighth grader.
"I heard he (Clay) was pretty good," Thompson said, laughing. "When John arrived here at Park we kept him down on the freshman team and he played outside linebacker and running back.
"It wasn't long before we moved Johnny (Clay) up to the varsity and he just took off from there. What sets John apart from others is his love of the game, he's always willing to get better and his athletic ability. You see him do things in practice and in games that just can't be taught."
Clay was named all-state as a sophomore and was named player-of–the-year as a junior while leading Park to a state championship.
Clay rushed for 2,032 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior. Fourteen of Clay's touchdown runs were over 40 yards and eight of his touchdown runs were over 65 yards. Clay could be the best high school football player ever in the Badger State
So what else is there to accomplish?
"I want to win another state championship next year," Clay said. "I want to work on my game. I need to stay lower while running. There's always room for improvement.
"I don't want to be a one dimensional running back. I'm going to work on catching the ball out of the backfield; I'm going to work on speed, my power and hitting holes faster."
Thompson will definitely be a busy man comes April and May when the spring evaluation period is going full throttle and coaches will start to visit Park High on a daily basis. We asked Clay if there are any schools that stand out at this point in his recruitment.
"I don't have any scholarship offers right now," Clay said. "I camped at Wisconsin last year and that was my only camp. I'm not sure where I'm going to be camping this year. Wisconsin would be up there. I'm just going to be looking for the best fit.
"My parents and family, I have four sisters that are all older and my coach will all help me in the process. Distance won't be a factor. I'm just going into this process with an open mind looking for a good fit.
What most people don't know is that John Clay could also be the best linebacker in Wisconsin and he takes pride in sacking the quarterback. We asked Clay if he'd rather crunch bones on defense or carry the football in college.
"I'm definitely a running back and I crunch just as many bones on offense as I do on defense," Clay said smiling.
John Clay idolizes Jim Brown and after watching film, he has an uncanny resemblance to Eddie George. His combination of power, speed, vision and athleticism are that of the former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner.
Look for John Clay to be one of the most sought after prospects in the class of 2007.