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Before leaving high school for Oregon, Clay listened to offers from California, Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico, Washington and Washington State.
Arizona State and UCLA also showed faint interest.
Coming out of Bellarmine Prep, Clay was a two-way player, fulfilling linebacker and fullback duties (h/t Go Ducks).
According to Rivals, he was a 3-star recruit, coming in as the No. 43-ranked OLB in the nation. He was also just the No. 61 college prospect in the state of California at the time.
However, Clay would accept a scholarship and make an impact at the NCAA level.
Given his standing entering college, he showed promise going forward, having been named the 2009 Oregon first-year player of the year as a freshman.
By the time he was a sophomore, Clay had proven he was a hard worker on and off the field, earning a Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2010.
In a big senior year in 2012, Clay would earn major recognition for his Week 4 performance against the Wildcats.
In division play, the Oregon linebacker took home both Pac-12 and NCAA National FBS defensive-player-of-the-week honors. With a team-leading performance by Clay, the Ducks would go on to shut out a No. 22-ranked Arizona.
In that game, Clay was all over the place, racking up 13 tackles (10 solo, 2 TFL), which included a sack and a forced fumble.
Clay had two more dominant performances that season, facing elite-level competition in Stanford and Wisconsin (Rose Bowl). He rose to the occasion, having two of the best games of his career: He finished with 20 tackles versus the Cardinal and 13 against the Badgers.
In 2012, Clay was officially named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List, with the award itself presented to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker each year. That year, he was also voted to the All-Pac-12 second team.
Under the umbrella of a prestigious program like the Ducks, Clay became a very decorated and consistent ball player. He was a major role player for the team, which should earn him draft recognition.
Information provided by NFL Draft Scout and Oregon Football