Could son of former Georgia Tech star commit to rival UGA? (UPDATED)

DSC_9630 Chad Clay, Willie Clay

Chad Clay (right) with his father (AJC)

Could the son of a former Georgia Tech football star commit to archrival UGA?

Chad Clay, a 4-star defensive back from Peachtree Ridge High School stold the AJC that he’s already privately decided on a college and that he’s “committing pretty soon.”

His father is Willie Clay, who played defensive back at Tech from 1988-91 and still holds the ACC school’s record for career interceptions with 16.

Where will the younger Clay play college ball? He has UGA, Ohio State and Florida as his co-leaders. Here’s Chad on each one:

  • UGA: “Oh, man. First of all, it’s in Georgia. I’m from Georgia, and grew up in Georgia. So Georgia is an iconic school here. I love Coach Pruitt. He’s one of the best coaches out there. I love Coach Richt. Georgia has a good team. They’re always pretty successful. I think they are about to get over that hump and become an elite program.”
  • Florida: “I really like the defensive coordinator. I have a good relationship with him. I really enjoyed my visit down there. Right now, they have some of the best DBs in the country, but a lot of them are about to graduate. There’s a great chance I can play early there.”
  • Ohio State: “They’re coming off that championship. I love Coach Meyer. He wins everywhere he goes. I love the DB coach there. I visited Ohio State’s campus, and I fell in love with it.”

What about Tech? “They still have a real high chance. They are No. 4. I like the coaches, and I have a good relationship with Coach Roof. People don’t really give Georgia Tech the credit I think they deserve. They are coming off an Orange Bowl win. They have a really good program.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Clay is rated as the state’s No. 22 overall prospect, per the 247sports.com composite rankings.

“With the school that I will be committing to, I’ve already built up a relationship with the coaches. I really feel comfortable with that place.”

Any more hints? “It has a great football program, of course,” Clay said. “I really like the football coaches. I love everything about it, including the academics.”

Clay said he’s not exactly sure about when or how he will make his college decision. But it will be soon.
“I’ve already sat down and discussed this with my family,” Clay said. “The time is right to make a decision.


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