Running back Roman Clay of Lancaster (Pa.) Lancaster Catholic has seen his recruiting process take a detour in the last couple of weeks. After he originally planned to end his recruiting process on August 10th, Clay now plans to wait it out after a couple of schools have shown increased interest.
"I have picked up some new interest from Pitt and Penn State," said Clay, who is 5-foot-11 and 210-pounds. "A Penn State coach emailed me a couple of weeks ago asking if I was still interested in the school and Pitt wants to see my first or second game this season."
Clay is intrigued by the new interest.
"Well I have an interest in both of them since they are schools in my home state and they're relatively close," he said.
While he is interested in both opportunities, Clay has had to figure out his feelings towards the recent developments at Penn State.
"I'm trying to look past that since the people there now had nothing to do with that," he said. "The biggest problem is that I would find it extremely hard not playing in a bowl game."
Recently Clay realized that it was probably to his advantage to push back his original August 10th announcement date.
"In the days leading up to my decision there was too much controversy between a couple of different schools and what they wanted," said Clay. "That was one of those situations my mom told me not to speak about if people asked."
With his season set to begin on August 31st against Dallastown, Clay's next order of business may be a few visits.
"I'm definitely going to take some visits to schools," he said. "I'm going to narrow down some schools and use them for my official visits. I'm not sure what schools I'm doing that for yet."
With Pittsburgh and Penn State not offering to this point, Clay maintains a top three of Old Dominion, Massachusetts and Kent State at this time.