Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic High running back Roman Clay is looking hard at UMass and Kent State, and…
Clay Delays Decision Amid New Interest
Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic High running back Roman Clay was set to make his college decision Friday, but after later interest from Penn State and Pittsburgh that is no longer the case. Instead, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back will wait and see what transpires in the fall. "Before all this started, I planned to have my decision made before my senior year so I would not have to worry about trying to decide which school I wanted to go to," Clay said. "After talking with my mom, we figured that we will keep the recruitment open into the season." Clay was set to decide between Massachusetts, Kent State and Old Dominion, but a recent inquiry from Nittany Lions running backs coach Charles London helped alter the plans. "He emailed me a few days ago asking if I was still interested," Clay said. "I told him I was interested. It's my home state school, so I talked to him a little bit about it. He said they are not going to start recruiting me (hard) until (later in the season). Guys can leave after the season so they're not going to know who they have until then. "They came in a little late, but I consider them an option." The NCAA recently imposed a four-year bowl ban and cut Penn State's scholarship allotment by 20 (to 65) in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but Clay said those sanctions would not influence his decision. If Penn State offered, Clay the Nittany Lions would become serious contenders. "I wouldn't let that affect me if they were an option for me to go to school there. I would look at the academic side of it and the chance to play. The football program was good before all this happened, and I realize the only things that can come out of this is positive stuff. I look at it like that." Clay camped at Pittsburgh and is also talking to the Panthers, who already have a commitment from four-star running back Corey Clement. "I talked to the Pitt coach and he said right now they're not going to offer," Clay said. "But they wanted to see me a little bit into my senior year." Prior to the change in plans, UMass, Kent State and Old Dominion were Clay's final three. He said they were even. "UMass is telling me I'm their No. 1 back and they would love to have me and that I could potentially play early if I come in and work hard," Clay said. "The coaches want to work with me and want me to come there. "Kent State is a running an offense and they love giving the running backs the ball. It's a great place to stay at socially and academically." Old Dominion is intriguing because it is making the move from FCS to FBS. "Old Dominion told me they're comparing themselves to Oregon of the East," Clay said. "They're saying that is the type of offense they run. They're getting uniforms similar to Oregon, etc. I like (the move to FBS), but then again, they don't have experience there so I can't say it's a stable program."
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