Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas adds pledge of Oklahoma prep DE Collin Clay
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas continued its great recruiting in the month of July on Thursday by adding one of Oklahoma’s best.
Oklahoma City, Okla., Putnam City defensive end Collin Clay (6-5, 255) committed to Arkansas over Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Michigan, North Carolina, TCU, Iowa State, Minnesota, Colorado, Duke, Tulsa and others.
He had narrowed his 21 offers down to a top five of Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma State, TCU and Oregon on June 3.
"First I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be where I am today," Clay tweeted. "I want to thank my family for helping me through the process. Also. thanks to my coaches for believing in me and being a great example for me so I can help lead a team!
"This was not an easy process, but I am done from here! I've learned a lot from this process through the ups and downs. But at the end of the day I can only choose one school! Thanks to all of the universities that believed in me and I'm looking forward to a great college journey.
"The next 3-4 years I will be attending The University of Arkansas #WPS."
Clay is a four-star prospect, per Rivals, a three-star, per ESPN, 24/7 and Scout, and is the sixth-best player in Oklahoma, according to The Oklahoman’s Super 30.
A North Carolina native, Clay becomes the Razorbacks’ 11th pledge of the 2019 class, its second this week and the fourth of the month.
He becomes the sixth defensive commit of the class and the fourth defensive end along with Joe T. Robinson star Zach Williams (6-4, 225), Douglasville, Ga., Douglas County defender Mataio Soli (6-4, 225) and Memphis native and IMG Academy standout Eric Gregory (6-4, 240).
Clay, who took his official visit to Arkansas on April 7-9, had 56 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 pass break-ups as a junior.
Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.