Connor Clay - Athens, TX
Athens H.S.

Personal Information

Name:Connor ClayCity & State:Athens, TX
Middle Linebacker2021 Graduate

Physical Attributes

Height:6'Weight:210Bench:275Squat:390Speed:4.54/40yd (Electronic)Vertical Leap:26"Handed:RightPositions:LB, RBAdditional Sport:BB, TK

Athletic Accomplishments

This young man is a blazing-fast Middle Linebacker at Athens High School. Throughout the season, he has led the highly competitive District 4A-1 (located southeast of the DFW Metroplex) in total tackles, solo tackles, tackles for loss, and he recently posted a 4.54 electronic 40-yard time. As a senior team captain this season, Connor anchored the team’s dominant defense from his MLB position. A varsity starter since his sophomore year, Connor originally was utilized at RB before switching to defense as an upperclassman. Multiple coaches describe him as “the hardest working athlete I have ever coached.”

Senior Accolades
Full-Time Varsity Starter
Team Captain

Junior Accolades
Full-Time Varsity Starter

Sophomore Accolades
2nd Team All-District Honors
Full-Time Varsity Starter

Athletic Statistics

Standing 6’-210lbs as a senior, Connor combines his ballhawk mentality with an instinctual and aggressive style of play. His linebacker coach describes Connor’s presence on the field as “like having another coach on the field.” Connor’s natural leadership qualities and high football IQ make him a STANDOUT PROSPECT for the next level. See below for his impressive list of stats.

Senior Stats
Total Tackles - 125 (leads District, ranks 7th in 4A-1 w/ fewer games played than the leading total tacklers)
Solo Tackles - 103 (leads 4A-1)
Fumble Recoveries - 2
Forced Fumble - 2
TFL's - 18
PBU's - 2
QB Hurries - 6
QB Sacks - 2

Junior Stats
Total Tackles - 98 (led team)

NCAA ID # - 2004852201

Scholastic Information

School:Athens H.S.Graduation Year:2021District:4A-1GPA:3.04SAT:1010Enrollment:925Major:Undecided
Honors:Multiple AP/Dual-Credit Courses

High School Coach:Zac Harrell

Upcoming Schedule & Recent News

Lake Erie College
McPherson College

Tyler Junior College
Trinity Valley Community College
Dakota Wesleyan University
The Citadel (PWO)

While Connor has already proven himself athletically on the varsity football field — at this writing he leads all of 4A-1 in solo tackles — he is also focused on keeping his grades up in order to reach his collegiate goals. As a senior, Connor is carrying a 3.04 GPA, including multiple AP/Dual-Credit courses. He scored a 1010 on his SAT, and, not being satisfied that is reflects his academic capabilities, is scheduled to take it again in December. For more information on Connor, contact the AHS athletic department directly at 903-677-6992 or email AHS head coach Zac Harrell at And feel free to reach out to our San Antonio-based staff anytime at 210-494-6363.

Coach Quotes
Connor is by far the hardest working athlete I have ever coached. His determination to be the best player he can is second to none. His competitiveness to win every rep, every play, every battle separates him from everyone else. He is smart, tough, fearless and a natural-born leader. Having him on the field is like having another coach on the field. He prepares himself weekly to know what the opponent’s tendencies are, leading him to not have to think as much and solely rely on instincts and reaction. He is the epitome of what I visualize when I think of what a football player should be.
- Desmond Bowie, Athens High School Varsity Linebacker Coach

“Connor was voted captain of our team this year and has been one of the leaders week in and week out, in the locker room and on the field. He has led our team in tackles every game and has the ability to make tackles sideline to sideline. He has poured a lot into this program over the last six years and will be missed. I have no doubt that he has the ability to play at the next level and will definitely make some university's program better in all aspects.”
- Zac Harrell, Athens ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach

Connor is by far the toughest kid I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching. He takes pride in being the best in whatever he does. If I had to describe Connor in one word, it would be RESILIENT. No matter how hard the challenge may be, you can count on Connor to be the first one to take it head on. His leadership skills are second-to-none. He holds everyone accountable, but best believe he’s living up to the same standard he’s holding everyone else to.”
- Devon Bowie, Athens High School Varsity Defensive Line Coach