Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss a Louisiana defensive that has been in regular communication with first-year LSU safeties coach Bill Busch.
LSU monitoring Donald Clay Jr.
LSU has a wealth of talent in the safety room heading into the 2018 season.
Two of those players — John Battle and Ed Paris Jr. — are entering their final seasons in Baton Rouge, while the other four will be preparing for their junior campaigns this time next year. With that in mind, first-year safeties coach Bill Busch is in the process of identifying at least one safety to reel in for the 2019 group.
John Curtis (La.) 3-star defensive back Donald Clay Jr. has caught Busch’s attention and the two have been in regular communication in recent weeks, leading into an unofficial visit last Sunday as the Tigers kicked off spring practice.
“Coach Busch, the safeties coach, has been talking to me every other morning, telling me what they got going on for the day and stuff,” Clay told SEC Country. “I like how he communicates. He has been keeping his word so far, pushing for me. As long as that stays, that’ll be good.”
Mickey Joseph, LSU’s New Orleans area recruiter, made his first contact with Clay last Friday ahead of his visit to campus.
Joseph plans on returning to Curtis next month as the NCAA evaluation period gets underway and bringing Clay back to LSU for the elite high school prospect camps in June.
“Mickey texted me for the first [time],” Clay said. “He said to keep balling and that he has been putting in a good word for me and that he’s getting me evaluated at safety. He’s looking forward to me coming up there.”
Busch is targeting the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Clay as a nickel safety.
Different schools have courted Clay at different positions in the secondary, but the 3-star prospect envisions himself at safety, which works in the Tigers’ favor.
“He [Busch] said they’re definitely short on some defensive backs and that they’re really looking at me as a nickel safety,” Clay said. “Me being so boisterous and being a leader on the field, free safety kind of fits me. I like playing that field general sort of role.”
Clay was one of several Louisiana Bootleggers to attend LSU’s first spring practice session on Sunday.
After watching the team on the field, he met with several members of the coaching staff for meetings, which left a good impression on the talented New Orleans product.
“Every time I go to LSU, I love it,” Clay smiled. “It’s one of my dream schools since I was kid. Being there itself is an honor, seeing them work hard. All of the upcoming greats they’re going to have on their team, it’s a good feeling.”
Kentucky, Arkansas, Boston College and Arizona State are some of the Power 5 offers that Clay has collected in recent weeks. He has made unofficial stops at both Kentucky and Tennessee, with plans to camp at both LSU and Alabama.
Clay says Busch’s early line of communication has the Tigers as one of the standouts at this juncture in his recruitment.
“Busch has been talking to me every day, so that puts [LSU] up there,” Clay said. “I talk to Arizona State and Kentucky every day, SMU every day and Tulane every day.”
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