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Former St. Thomas More and Southern signee DT Hunter Clay (99) makes it hard for offenses to move the ball when they are running towards his way. (Photo courtesy of Angela Sobiesk)

Recruiting Spotlight: DT Hunter Clay, St. Thomas More

Recruiting Spotlight: DT Hunter Clay, St. Thomas More

by Jace LeJeune and Alex Martin

After so many years of not winning the state championship, St. Thomas More Head Coach Jim Hightower finally won his first championship for the program after losing the year before to Parkview. Nate Cox and the short, but quick passing attack for the Cougars was really effective against the Parkview Baptist secondary in the rematch, but it was having big #99 back on defense, in St. Thomas More DT Hunter Clay, that made all the difference. Clay had a tough junior year as he tore his ACL and missed most of that season including the state championship loss. However, this year was different. Clay was healthy and had a great senior season as the interior presence on the defensive line. The offense was getting hot come playoff time, but so was the defensive line with the likes of the two Hunters wrecking havoc on the defensive line. Those two are Hunter Clay and defensive end Hunter Bergeron. They did wreck just enough havoc on Parkview Baptists’ offense early in the game, and that was all they needed to do as the offense took over. Clay responded to adversity really well and was a vocal leader for the junior year. He never quit and came back for his senior season where he was one of the team’s best players on their championship run. Clay even played on offense as a fullback in short yard situations. It is incredible that a high school kid like Hunter Clay used a negative like a torn ACL as a positive to come back the following year and help lead a school to their first state championship. That is the stuff that you see in the movies! On National Signing Day, Hunter Clay signed with the Southern Jaguars to continue his young and promising career. Our own Alex Martin caught up with the Southern commit to talk about his career and so much more in today’s recruiting spotlight!

St. Thomas More DT and Southern signee Hunter Clay not only plugs up blocks, but he also creates havoc in the backfield like during this play here. (Photo courtesy of Angela Sobiesk)

LAFM: What is your name, age, position, and school you play for?

Hunter Clay, 17, DT, St. Thomas More

LAFM: What is your height and weight?

6’0, 280

LAFM: What is your max bench press, max squat, vertical, and 40 yard time?

Bench Press: 365, Squat: 575, Vertical: 30, 40 yard dash: 5.03

LAFM: What are some of your accomplishments at St. Thomas More?

Winning a state championship and being voted as the team captain by my teammates are my biggest accomplishments while at St. Thomas More.

LAFM: Who was the toughest offensive lineman that you faced this year?

Shane Vallot (offensive lineman at Comeaux who is walking on at Louisiana Lafayette)

LAFM: What are your strengths as a defensive tackle?

My get off, leverage, hands, and strength are the best parts to my game.

LAFM: What is your favorite pre-game meal?

Burgers

LAFM: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I like to listen to music, pray, and then go throw some hand drills.

LAFM: Who is your favorite music artist that you like to listen to before a game?

21 Savage is my favorite to listen to before a game.

LAFM: What do you do when the football season is over?

I like to workout and throw the discus.

LAFM: Who is the college or NFL player that you model your game after and why?

Aaron Donald (former Pittsburgh Panther and current Los Angeles Rams DT) because I think that we do the same things.

LAFM: Is there anybody in your family that has played high school, college, or even pro?

Nobody has played any high school or college sports in my family.

LAFM: What is an interesting fact about yourself that our readers don’t know about?

I actually have my own clothing line 99 Supply. I am president of the STM Fishing Club, and I am about to be an Eagle Scout.

LAFM: Who are some people that you want to thank for putting you in the position that you are in today?

I would like to thank my family, my teammates, my coaches, and all my teachers.

LAFM: What separates yourself from any other defensive lineman in the state?

What separates me from every defensive lineman in the state is my hands, my drive, my football I.Q. and motivation.

LAFM: Is there anybody that you want to give a shout out to?

I like to give a shout out to Cheenech, STM football, Shane Vallot, Ziyon Hill, Dylan Lewis, Bralen Trahan, Dell, Kyle Pierre, and Big Ken.

(Interview done by Alex Martin)

Alex is from Cut Off, LA and is attending Louisiana State University and majoring in Sports administration with a minor in Business. He is also a graduate from South Lafourche High School. While at South Lafourche, Alex played baseball for the Tarpons earning All-District and All-Region honors. On weekends, Alex is a little league baseball coach and enjoys training youth baseball. At home, Alex enjoys time with family and friends.

About Jace LeJeune

Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is majoring in Journalism. This is Jace's third year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.