San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine is loaded with talent in the class of 2009. One player we've been high for the past couple of seasons is linebacker Michael Clay, who had a very impressive showing at the recent NorCal NIKE Camp at Stanford.
Clay, 5-11, 205 pounds isn't one of the biggest linebackers in the region, but he's definitely one of the best. He impressed us a year ago at the NIKE Camp at Oregon earning NIKE Camp underclass All-American honors. At Stanford last weekend, Clay again shined earning MVP for his position.
"He was a force during all phases of the camp," NIKE lead LB coach Chris Gizzi said. "It didn't matter if it was the tackling drills, pass rush or the one on ones, he played very well. He plays with an aggressive fluidity to him and understands how to impose his will on his oppenent.
"He's a hard working, high effort kid with a motor to him. He was leading the group all day and loves to compete. He has a solid frame and runs extremely well."
"I was ready to have a good day and focused in the one-on-ones," Clay said. "I was very happy to get MVP and happy for my teammate, Kevin Danser, who got the OL MVP. The best part of the day was bonding with the other players during the linebacker drills. It was great getting to know some of them."
On the recruiting front, Clay has a trio offers but that list should be expanding soon.
"Cal, New Mexico and Washington State have all offered," Clay said. "Right now, my top schools are Cal, Oregon, UCLA, Colorado and Washington. I'm open to other schools though. Whoever wants to recruit me, I'm open to them."