2015 Eastern Michigan Football Recruiting: LB Clay Holford Talks Commitment to Eagles

The Eastern Michigan Eagles got a commitment from an unlikely place on Father's Day when Carrolton, Texas native Clay Holford committed to EMU's class of 2015.

The 2-star 6-foot-2, 230 pound linebacker chose the Eagles over offers from North Texas and Nevada, despite EMU being substantially further from his current hometown.

"We actually used to live in Ohio," Holford told Hustle Belt. "I do have family that still lives in Columbus. The fact that Ypsilanti is only three hours away, and they can drive up and see me play."

Holford also said that his parents may have a chance to relocate to be closer to EMU, so the move won't be that far from his family after all.

Despite having offers from more successful programs, and interest from numerous others, Holford said he felt like EMU was his favorite and that he had a connection with the program.

"I really, truly love the coaching staff. I really think they're going in the right direction with the program," he said. "I was just really ready for it, I believe. What Eastern Michigan had going for them was really appealing to me, and I felt it was time that I show my commitment."

First year head coach Chris Creighton is undertaking a task that several others before him have failed at: restoring EMU's program to a competitive state. But clearly, his energy is infectious and it's led to some solid undervalued talent committing to the Eagles early on this summer.

Holford is one of those players. His size is hard to ignore. He already has the frame to be a formidable middle linebacker from day one, and in a conference full of undersized players, size like that is invaluable. He hits like a brick wall, has solid instincts and is deceptively quick. It's the makeup of a sleeper prospect who with a little work on technique could develop into an All-MAC talent once he hits the field in Ypsilanti.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Hustle Belt

You must be a member of Hustle Belt to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hustle Belt. You should read them.

Join Hustle Belt

You must be a member of Hustle Belt to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hustle Belt. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker