December 2, 2009
Clay Hosts an Eclectic Group
There may be no player in recent memory more tied into Oklahoma's recruiting efforts than San Diego Scripps Ranch four-star running back Brennan Clay. As such it was an easy fit for the talented all-purpose back to sit down and talk with three coaches, none of which was responsible for his recruitment, during an in-home visit on Tuesday night.
Of course leading the charge was Sooner head coach Bob Stoops, who was accompanied by Sooner assistants Jay Norvell and Bobby Jack Wright.
"They left maybe 30 minutes ago or so. We had a nice little talk. I got to familiarize myself a little bit more with the University of Oklahoma," Clay said. "With all the coaches, they are such great guys, they are easy to get along with, so there were no worries at all.
"I got to know all of them while I was on the trip. I'm more comfortable around them, I look to them as my future coaches."
The visit was hosted by Clay's aunt and uncle but say sthe conversation was pretty light throughout the evening.
"Not really, it was nothing all that important. My auntie and my uncle were there and they got to meet them when I took my official visit so it was just some more time to get to know them," he said.
"We just talked about seeing how everything is going on and how things are going in each other's life. Coach Stoops just reassured me that he wasn't going anywhere. The Notre Dame stuff didn't even come. People are talking about it but he let me know he is only about Oklahoma and doesn't need to be anywhere else.
"He instilled that in my heart, he reassured me when he came to the school and talked to my coaches and once again when he came to my house. We all know each other and we just talked about future plans and further details along with summer school when I get out of school and the whole nine yards.
"It was a little more of a foundation of what's going to come."
A big part of Clay's current state of mind is surrounding this weekend's big clash with traditional San Diego area powerhouse Helix high school.
Last weekend Scripps Ranch pulled a surprising upset over Lincoln high and if they want to continue such surprising outcomes Clay says the issue has a lot more to do with his team's effort than it does talent.
"This time it was all about desire and effort. The last time we played (Lincoln) we were kind of at a crossroads with our team," he said. "With our team, we can be really good at times, and I'll think 'man, it's a really great team'. And sometimes we are just in the tank, we look like a horrible, bad team. We just got on a roll and honestly the score doesn't even represent how we beat that team. We got in the red zone maybe four times kicked four field goals.
"Helix is obviously good, you make it to semi-finals you are good. They have always been dominant, like Oceanside. This year we're trying to change it up with Oceanside and Helix are always in the finals, we're trying to change that.
"It should be a fun game."
But like everyone else Clay can't help but get swept up in the holiday season and is ready to open up some Crimson and Cream Christmas presents.
"People around town are starting to get jolly. And you already know that I've been adding stuff, sweats, and NIKE t-shirts and hope some more comes for Christmas."
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