2007 prospect: Tailback John Clay

Early in the process, it looks like John Clay from Park High School in Racine, Wisconsin may be the top running back prospect in the midwest. He has three written offers from big-time programs and that is certain to be just the beginning of his offer tally.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
40 time: 4.42
From: Racine, Wis.
High School: Park

As a junior, John Clay rushed for 2,032 yards and 30 touchdowns. On defense, at end, he had nine sacks. Clay was the state player of the year for his offensive exploits and was a first-team all-conference pick on defense.

"I wait for my holes to open up," Clay said. "I am a patient running back with the ball in my hands."

Clay also runs track. He competes in the 100 meters, 200, 400 relay, and 800 relay. His best 100 time is 11.1 seconds and his best 200 time is a 22.9.

The five-star class of 2007 prospect has been sporting an offer from the home-state Badgers since the beginning of his junior year. He attended Wisconsin's junior day Feb. 26. Last Friday, he received a written offer from Ohio State and two weeks ago he was sent one from Nebraska.

"All of the early attention is great," Clay said. "I obviously like the schools that have offered me but I haven't thought too much about favorites yet. I will just be looking for a team that runs the ball and hopefully a team that is willing to start a freshman. I would like to get some early playing time."

Clay has heard from the Buffaloes and is open to Colorado at this point.

"I am keeping all of my options open," Clay said. "Colorado is a school that I have not done much research on but I am willing to if they show me more attention."

The tailback has been born and raised in Wisconsin but he has never been a fan of any particular team. "I didn't grow up a fan of any school," he said. "I have always just enjoyed watching the game."

There is no family pressure for the star prospect. "At this point, they have not said much of anything regarding recruiting so I feel the decision will be pretty much left to me," Clay said.

Clay carries a 2.8 core grade-point average and scored a 17 on the ACT, which he will re-take. Clay would like to major in Business.

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