Michael Clay, the 6-foot, 207 pound three-star linebacker from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif., just got his first scholarship offer from California on April 12.
"I was at the Cal Junior Day and they offered me," said Scout.com's No. 11 weakside linebacker. "It was a lot of fun. The dorms and the campus is great and I really like their grad rate. I got to talk to coach Jeff Tedford and he said they'd like to extend me an offer. Then before I left they got me all the paperwork and everything."
Berkeley is about an hour away from Clay's home and he says he grew up being a fan of the Bears. "I love their style of play," he said. "I live in the Bay Area and I really like it. They were the main school that I would watch in TV."
The only other school that Clay has already visited is Oregon. "I love the Oregon campus," he said. "I was there last year and I loved the area a lot. I like to go fishing and it's a nice wooded environment over there. The coaches are also really cool and they have a great team every year."
Clay says he plans to attend the Ducks camp this summer. The only other camp he'll be going to is Stanford's on May 17.
He says the Ducks and Bears are his top two choices and they lead solidly over UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington. "I really like the Pac-10 and I've heard that the UCLA campus is amazing.
"I liked coach Rick Neuheisel at Washington and he did really well there," he said. "I think he'll do well at UCLA, but I haven't really had a chance to talk with him yet."
Speaking of Washington…"They have a pretty good defense and I think they'll be a whole lot better this season than they were last year," he said. "Coach Tyrone Willingham is a great coach and he'll get the team going again."
Another coach who has really impressed Clay is Dennis Erickson from Arizona State. "They really look like they are on the up-rise," Clay said. "They had a great season last year and I expect them to do really well next year. They have a young team and they are only going to get better."
Clay plans on taking his time and is hopeful he'll get more scholarship offers. "I'll go through the whole process," he said. "I want to wait and see what happens and hopefully some schools will surprise me.
"I want to graduate so I'm looking for a good academic school," he said. "I also want a diverse college racially and one that has lots of diversity with clubs and activities."
Clay finished his junior season with 110 tackles with six sacks and two interceptions, helping lead his team to a 10-2 record. He says he can run a 4.6 forty and has a 35-inch vertical jump.
"I have great speed and vision," he said. "I have good instincts and attack hard. I play fast and up-tempo, but I want to work on taking on blocks better and getting around big lineman easier."
Clay reports a 2.5 core GPA and is taking the SAT in May.