Clay has 7 offers

Today John Clay was named the No. 12 overall player and No. 4 running back prospect in the nation on's Hot 100 for June. Clay, a dynamic prospect from Racine (Wis.) Park High School, discusses the attention he is receiving from several of his scholarship suitors.

Running back John Clay (6-foot-2, 220 pounds, 4.45-second 40-yard dash) from Racine (Wis.) Park High School has received scholarship offers from Minnesota and Tennessee, bringing his grand total to seven. He also has offers from Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa.

"My parents and I are discussing which school I should visit, so I don't really have a top five yet," Clay said. "By the end of summer we'll have it narrowed down."

Despite denying a leader, Clay likes Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska. He is only about one-and-a-half hours from Wisconsin and said the Badgers are recruiting him the hardest.

"I talk to them a lot," Clay said. "They send me a lot of letters and keep me updated on everything going on. My old teammate (wide receiver Diondrae Jenkins) just signed with them. He told me to take it slow and not to jump into my decision. He's happy with his decision and it would be cool to play with him again, but it won't be a factor in my decision."

The only two schools he has already visited are Wisconsin and Ohio State.

"I like Ohio State because they really feature the running back. It's a big-time program with great tradition," Clay said.

"Michigan has a really good offense too and I like that they aren't afraid to play freshmen," Clay said.

"Nebraska is a running team and I like the coaches a lot. I think they'll help (me) improve."

Clay said he'll be paying close attention to the depth charts at each school. "I'll definitely see how loaded they are," Clay said. "If they are very deep, I won't look at them. I want to get my degree and I'm looking at schools with a good grad rate. I also want a running program that has a good tradition of running backs.

"I'm going to take my visits and wait. I want to see the schools during the season and what they are like."

He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 17 ACT. He is waiting on his May ACT retake results.

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