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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
RB Clay talks about who's in his five

Not only is it a strong year for running backs in the Golden State, it's a big year for talent in the San Diego section as well. One player I've been high on for some time now is Brennan Clay (San Diego, Calif./ Scripps Ranch).

Clay is an explosive running back who had a big junior season becoming the first player in San Diego history to go over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. Clay rushed for 1,486 yards and 20 touchdowns to go with 69 catches for 1,055 yards and six more scores.

The running back is drawing national interest right now and said he has a short list of schools he's currently focusing on.

"I have a very flexible top five right now," Clay said. "Oregon, USC, Cal, Michigan and Stanford are high on my list but I don't feel any pressure to make an early decision. I just want to enjoy these next few crucial months of recruiting and see how the process plays out."

Clay attended the Trojans Junior Day last weekend and will attend the Rising Stars Camp in the summer as well.

"I loved it at USC," Clay said. "It was great meeting all the other top players in the region and I always feel real comfortable around the coaches there. They make you feel like part of a family and I love how Coach Carroll is always stressing the need to compete.

"That's what I'm all about as well. I love competing against other players to see where I stand. USC hasn't offered me yet but said they want to after they see me perform at their camp. Their whole philosophy is Coach Carroll wants to see you perform in person when it matters and that's exciting for me."

Clay said he's hoping to take a few more visits in the spring and summer as well.

"I want to visit Oregon in May," Clay said. "I'm going to try and check out Cal whenever our family isn't busy and I definitely plan to visit Michigan for their spring game to watch Tate (Forcier).

"Tate has been working on me like crazy and I definitely think I know what his future job will be after the pros because he's a pretty good recruiter. I'm also going to the Nike Camp at USC and that should be a lot of fun as well so I'll be busy but looking forward to it."

Kohler plans early decision
Offensive lineman Erik Kohler (Westlake Village, Calif./ Oaks Christian) attended UCLA's Junior Day over the weekend and had nothing but good things to say about his time in Westwood.

Kohler is one of the elite offensive lineman in the West this year and recently picked up offer No. 7 from Stanford. All of the lineman's offers are from Pac-10 schools and include UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington.

"I loved it at UCLA," Kohler said. "I've been to games at the Rose Bowl before but this was my first time checking out the campus and getting the tour of everything there. It's a beautiful place and I was very comfortable there with everyone.

"Coach (Chuck) Bullough is the one recruiting me but I spent a lot of time with Coach (Bob) Palcic, the offensive line coach. We have a great relationship and I really like him a lot. He knows a lot about UCLA because he has been there before, he knows about the NFL because he has coached there and I love how straight forward and honest he is with me.

"They're recruiting me as a tackle but said I could play tackle or guard. I play tackle now at Oaks and Coach Palcic told me they he recruits tackles with the idea that they can either stay at tackle or be moved to guard down the line."

The visit to UCLA for Kohler is the first of several trips he has planned over the next few months.

"I'm going to Cal this weekend for their Junior Day." Kohler said. "I'm also planning a trip to Arizona to see both Arizona and ASU, I'm planning on being at Oregon's Junior Day and will visit Stanford when they start spring ball.

"I would like to commit before summer gets here, that's my plan. If I'm not ready yet, I'll take the summer to check out my options some more, maybe take another visit if I need to and then make my decision before the fall. I definitely plan to be committed before school next fall so I can just focus on my senior year without any distractions of recruiting."