April 15, 2009

West Coast RB talks Baylor

The recruiting base for the Baylor Bears will always be the state of Texas. High schools in this state continue to be the primary source that the Baylor coaches will try to build their recruiting class from, but on a few special occasions they've looked out of state to try and bring in a special talent.

Baylor targeted one of the nation's top quarterbacks when the went after Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner , they've recently offered California punter Matt Darr who has been named the nation's number one punter in the class of 2010, but the player that the Bears have followed the longest is San Diego (Ca) Scripps Ranch running back Brennan Clay .

The 5-10, 190lb rivals 250 member currently holds offers from Michigan, Stanford, Oregon, and Baylor among others. Clay has a connection with Baylor recruiting coordinator Dino Babers that goes back a long way.

"I'm pretty familiar with them," Clay said about Baylor. "I talk with coach Babers about Baylor a lot. He and I are pretty close. He's watched me play since I was little because he and my mom went to the same high school. I haven't talked to him recently, but I plan on giving him a call soon."

Clay has never been to Texas, and wasn't able to watch the Bears much on TV last year, so most of the information he's learned about the program has come from coach Babers.

"Right now he has been telling me how they want me to come there," said Clay. "They're looking for guys that always do the right thing, and work hard on and off the field. Baylor is looking for players that will help build the program up and hopefully get them to the National Championship."

While making a trip to Waco for an unofficial visit may be pretty tough for Clay and his family, he has family in Texas that he would really like to visit. A visit to Waco may be able to be worked around that, or the Bears could be in line for one of his official visits this fall.

"I have a lot of family in Texas, and I'd love to take a trip down there. That's definitely on my wish list," said Clay. "I have family in El Paso on the Clay side. I missed the family reunion last year, but hopefully I'll be able to go to the reunion this year and maybe stop by a few schools on the way."

There are a lot of very good schools in play for Clay's services, so he hasn't been able to narrow down his list yet or name a favorite. Baylor is in a good place right now to earn his services, and obviously with a big year on the field and if they're able to get him in for a visit, that could propel them high on his list.

"I'm just laying low and taking it day by day," said Clay. "I'm looking at everyone right now. Everyone has a shot. They have a strong interest in me, and I return that interest. Baylor is up there with all of my other schools."

"I kind of have a top five, but I stay true to my word that everyone has a fair shot. Baylor's right in the mix," he said.

Clay has taken a very academic approach to his recruitment. He's looking for a school with a good education and a good team, but he is also researching team's depth charts, who they're recruiting at his position, and learning everything he can about all of the coaches.

With new offers pouring in constantly, Clay has decided to wait awhile before making his decision.

"I'm really looking forward to committing on TV during one of the post season All-American games," said Clay.

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