In another banner year in the Peach State it seems almost as if the abundance of talent is in every corner of the state. It is easy to see why LaGrange’s Tray Blackmon is considered the top linebacker prospect in Georgia, but there is another linebacker whose status will be flagged as elite.
Jeffersonville (Ga.) Twiggs County is home to 6-foot-2, 225 pound linebacker Antonio Clay. While other linebackers may be getting a little more publicity at this point, be careful because Clay is a stud.
“I went to Alabama a couple of weekends ago for their junior day,” said Clay.
“I really liked Alabama a lot. I was pretty impressed with it as a whole. It really seemed like a good school. I got to see the new facilities that they just opened recently while I was there and I thought that was really cool.
While I was there I got to talk to coach Shula and he told me that they were very interested in me and that they wanted me to come to camp over there. They put a strong focus on academics too and I like that.”
As a junior Clay racked up 101 tackles, 12 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. He also caught 10 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end.
“Right now Arkansas and Maryland are my top two schools. They seem to be showing me the most attention right now. They are really good schools. I’m also looking at Clemson, Florida, Alabama and Georgia.”
Clay, who runs the forty yard dash in 4.6 seconds, has a bench press of 315 pounds and squat of 475 pounds. He also boasts a 37 inch vertical jump.
“I really want to check out all of these schools and be able to visit everyone that I’m interested in. I wouldn’t mind making an early decision so that I can get it out of the way and focus on my senior year, but if I need more time than that then that is what I will do.”