BREAKING: Son of Georgia Tech star commits to archrival UGA

Chad Clay (right) with his father, Willie "Big Play" Clay (AJC)

Chad Clay (right) with his father, Willie “Big Play” Clay (AJC)

The father of UGA’s newest football recruit tried to do everything he could to beat the Bulldogs.

Now Chad Clay, who committed to UGA over Ohio State and Florida on Monday, will be trying to do the opposite to the archrival of the Bulldogs, Georgia Tech.

Clay’s father, Willie “Big Play” Clay, played for Tech from 1988-91 and still leads the ACC school in career interceptions. The Jackets offered his son a scholarship, too, and finished fourth in the sweepstakes.

Chad Clay is a four-star recruit from Peachtree Ridge High School. He is rated as the state’s No. 22 overall prospect.

“I picked the University of Georgia because their coaching staff really recruited me the hardest,” Clay told the AJC. “I really built a great relationship with Coach Pruitt and the rest of the coaches there. I’ve grown up in Georgia, and to have the chance to play for the University of Georgia is just a blessing.”

Clay said he didn’t finalize his decision to pick UGA until Saturday – when two Bulldog assistants Jeremy Pruitt and Thomas Brown showed up for his spring scrimmage. Ohio State finished as the runner-up to UGA.

“It was really, really tough to make that decision,” Clay said. “But I’m still going to keep my recruiting open. I’ll probably visit UGA, Ohio State, Florida and Oklahoma. I’m still going to keep things open.”

Clay is commit No. 12 for UGA’s 2016 class, and third at defensive back, along with Malek Young of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Peach County’s Tyrique McGhee.

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