4-Star LB Discusses Fresno Offer

Michael Clay

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep WLB Michael Clay is sitting on eight offers. Despite favorites, he states, "They're all in the running." Clay spent some years in the Valley, and he says he is familiar with Fresno State. He was impressive at the recent Scout.com combine, where he reminded BB.C of former Bulldog WLB Marcus Riley. We caught with Clay to get a read on his interest in the 'Dogs…

Michael Clay (6-0, 207) is the No. 13 rated WLB in the nation according to Scout.com. He was the LB MVP at the Stanford Nike Camp, but recently he was one of the standouts at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine at the Home Depot Center. He has near double-digit offers, the latest from Fresno State.

"Fresno State was my last offer [before the spring evaluation period ended]," said Clay. "[DB] Coach [Randy] Stewart called me."


Michael Clay at UA/Scout.com L.A. Combine
photo by BarkBoard.com
Clays spent fifth through eighth grade living in the San Joaquin Valley in Los Banos. He says he is familiar with the Fresno State program.

"[Fresno State] came out for our first spring practice," said Clay. "They're recruiting me as a weak side backer. We didn't get into [specifics about the defense] or the program, but I'm pretty familiar with it."

"I think it's a great program. I have friend who is going to [Fresno State]. I've known [A.J. Ellis] since last summer. We work out together."

Clay says everyone he works out is coaxing him to their school, including his two favorites.

"One is going to Oregon. One is going to Cal," Clay said of his two friends recruiting him to his top two schools.

Both of his favorites have offered along with Washington, Washington State, UNLV, New Mexico, and Utah.

"Distance is not a factor," said Clay. "They're all in the running."

However, Clay says there is an 85-90% chance will choose between Cal and Oregon. He visited Oregon last year for a Nike Camp. And he will attend Cal's one-day camp this coming Sunday. He has not visited any other schools.

"Washington State invited me to come out this summer," said Clay. "Washington is one school I want to visit."

Ultimately, he prefers to go through the recruiting process and take all five of his official visits. He says BCS or non-BCS schools, it does not matter. It depends on what the school offers. Cal, Oregon, and Washington are the three schools he would like to visit officially. He is unsure about the others, and anticipates two schools will separate themselves in the coming months.

"My summer is undetermined," said Clay. "UCLA or Colorado," he says are two schools he would like to see offer him. "Not really any particular reason [why I am interested], I just like the schools."

Clay describes his game as sideline-to-sideline. He likes to use his speed to play a fast-pace, up-tempo game. Nonetheless, he says he needs to work on shedding blocks, "I'm trying to get off linemen [better and faster]."

He reports a 2.5 GPA. He takes the SAT for the first time this Saturday, June 7.


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