Clay: Recruiting on the backburner

Racine (Wis.) Park running back John Clay (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is's No. 1 player in the Midwest and the No. 4 running back prospect in the nation. He has a couple of official visit plans in mind.

Ranked the 12th best prospect in the country, running back John Clay says recruiting is not his current top priority.

"Recruiting is the furthest thing on my mind right now," Clay told "I'm concentrated on working out, and getting in better shape. I weigh 222 right now, but I'd like to be at 230 by our first game against Oak Creek."

While recruiting is on the backburner, for now, Clay does know of at least one school he knows he will officially visit.

"I'm definitely going to take an official visit to Tennessee," Clay said. "I've had more contact with them than anyone recently, and it seems they've made me more of a priority than others. I've gotten good vibes from their coaches, and they've told me that I'll have a chance to earn playing time as a true freshman.

"I know I'll probably take an official visit to Ohio State, too. Coach (Jim) Tressel told me I'm being recruited as a running back, despite the fact that others were trying to tell me I'd play linebacker.

"I'm not sure if I'll have to take an official visit to Wisconsin or not, but they will be in contention until I make my decision. Coach (Bret) Bielema has let me know how badly they need me in this class with the lack of depth they have at running back so I know I could make a quick impact."

As far as other schools he may officially visit, Clay said Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nebraska all remain possibilities. He also informed that he is hoping to hear more from USC.

"I'm going to cut my list down to something like five or ten schools by this fall," added Clay, a five-star prospect according to "I'm looking for a situation where I know I'll have a chance to get in the game as a freshman, and be put in the offense quickly as soon as I'm physically and mentally ready."

When asked what approach best suits him while being recruited, Clay responded he feels more comfortable around a more laid back coach.

For the time being, though, Clay will push recruiting aside to simply enjoy the summer.

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