Clay Staying Patient

Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic High running back Roman Clay is focused on the playoffs while he waits for Penn State to decide about whether or not to offer. He is also considering two other schools, and he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about all three programs.

Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic running back Roman Clay has the playoffs, and the knowledge every defensive game plan is designed to stop him, to occupy his time.

It is why he is not stressed about a recruiting process that nearly ended before the season, but now has no end in sight as he awaits word from Penn State on a possible offer.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Clay is also considering Kent State and Delaware – he officially visited both schools – but is waiting on the Nittany Lions as long as he can.

"I know they're in a tight situation right now with the amount of scholarships they have but I'm still in the mix with a couple of other guys and can still get the offer," Clay said. "I know they have to do what they have to do. There's nothing I can do to control that so I'm patiently waiting."

Clay has not set an official visit to Penn State, and likely will only do so if he gains an offer, but he was on campus for last month's game against Ohio State and was treated well.

He met with the coaching staff, sat with a number of the committed Nittany Lions during the game, and also enjoyed the pre-game festivities.

"Man, it was crazy," he said. "I loved the atmosphere. It was a great game. I loved everything. I sat down and talked to (running backs) coach (Charles) London and I was hanging out with (commits) Adam Breneman, and Christian Hackenberg and all those guys."

Clay said he was not given a time frame on when Penn State would decide on an offer, but he is not worried about it.

In the meantime, he is concentrating on the playoffs and being the workhorse for Lancaster Catholic. He has carried 245 times for 2,305 yards and 28 touchdowns heading into Friday's District 3 AAA second round game against Cocalico (Denver, Pa.).

He is also talking regularly with Kent State, which is ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll. "I still like them a lot," Clay said. "I saw they just made the Top 25, so that was a big plus. I really like that. They're 9-1 and they play Bowling Green on Saturday.

"They say that I can come in and help keep making history there and I can help keep the program rolling. I could potentially play as a freshman and contribute to the team."

Clay added he is also considering Delaware, and isn't concerned it is a FCS school.

"It was a nice atmosphere. It was almost like a big, small school," Clay said of his visit. "I'm not going to let (the FCS level) impact my decision. They're in the same boat as Penn State. They're telling me to take my time and make sure that is where I want to be."

Stony Brook and Connecticut have also been in to see Clay play this season but he said neither were showing strong interest.

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