Georgia State picks up its second commitment for 2013

BJ Clay, who earned a football scholarship offer from Georgia State a couple of weeks ago, has committed to the Panthers.

Georgia State was the only offer for the 6-foot, 175-pounder from Dacula High School, who also had interest from UT-Chattanooga and Vanderbilt, among others. Clay will play wide receiver or defensive back in college.

Georgia State now has two commitments for its 2013 recruiting class.

Clay committed after making an unofficial visit to Georgia State with his family on Monday. “It just felt a good vibe about the place,” Clay told the AJC. “The coaches communicated well with my family and I, as well as the current players. It was just a good environment. And I also like that I will get the chance to play for a great coaching legend like Bill Curry.”

Clay is a well-rounded athlete. He also plays for Dacula’s basketball team. In track, he placed ninth in the 300 IM hurdles at the region meet. Clay said he has a 2.73 GPA and will study Business Marketing.

Georgia State’s 2013 class

  1. WR Devonte Washington, 6-2, 185, Jacksonville, Fla.
  2. WR-DB BJ Clay, 6-0, 175, Dacula HS

37 comments Add your comment

Blake R

July 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

All 8 of the Ga State football fans are ecstatic about this one


July 3rd, 2012
7:13 pm

Good pickup.
Bleed Blue


July 3rd, 2012
7:16 pm

Good pick up Coach Curry, the young man sounds like he has grip on things, I’m sure the recruiting will pick up more this summer, I hope you have a good class.

College Football Fan

July 3rd, 2012
7:33 pm

Blake R. Wow, you must be a complete jerk or geek. Go back sniffing Ga Tech and UGA jocks.


July 3rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Welcome to GSU


July 3rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Nice pick up. Not afraid of contact

Game Changer

July 3rd, 2012
8:39 pm

B J is an ACC SEC level cornerback, if GA ST can pick up these type athletes than they will make a statement is the sunbelt pretty quick

go dawgs

July 3rd, 2012
9:20 pm

read a rumor that foster REALLY liked his 2nd visit to UGA. Maybe a switch from the tide to the dawgs?


July 3rd, 2012
9:26 pm

Thanks Michael! Welcome to the #PantherFamily B.J.!

Bitter spoiled recruit

July 3rd, 2012
10:09 pm

nice pick-uo panthers–nice artical —CRA–VELL—kid no substitute for hard word

—or you could grab a file, 9mm, car and go driving dirty—roll-in, thunder


Moobs Johnson

July 3rd, 2012
10:53 pm

Now they have just as many commitments as they have for fans in the seats for their games at the Dome. Pretty bad when high school football outdraws your college program.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 3rd, 2012
11:04 pm

GaState is an HBCU now in Div.! or FBS or the 4team playoff or Whatever we call it now, but GaState still don’t matter.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 3rd, 2012
11:06 pm

GaState is Grambling or FAMU but acting like a big boy.


July 4th, 2012
12:00 am

@ A person DUMB enough to not know….: You, sir, are an idiot. Black students make up 29% of Georgia State’s population. That’s not even close to being a HBCU. Just because the black students who attend here successfully matriculate and eventually graduate at higher levels than other schools doesn’t mean that GSU is a HBCU.

Game Changer

July 4th, 2012
8:07 am

Ga St is a well respected college. Now that the school is in the sunbelt alot more exposure will be taking place. If managed properly, GA ST will be a crown jewel of college footbal 5 to 8 years from now, top 10 city in the U.S. populas geographic location. Curry is doing a great job witht he upstart program, the next head coach offer will be the Key To GA ST rapid growth.
1. Curry done a great job to date
2. Getting in sunbelt this quick was great
3. Scholastic education is second to none
A new football program in the Georgia has started and while many joke today, several years from now the joke will not exist.

Justice is blind

July 4th, 2012
9:36 am

The poor college coaches that have to listen to all that terrible what I guess is called music. Coming from Dacula he is be use to playing against top players every week. Curry needs a ton more players that can play at the next level. Good Luck BJ Clay.


July 4th, 2012
10:13 am

I don’t see any stars listed for this guy. We are an FBS team and we still can’t get good players. His only profile I can find is one HE made himself.


July 4th, 2012
11:59 am

Went to this because I thought it was about Georgia Southern- “The Real GSU”.

Go Dawgs!


July 4th, 2012
5:19 pm

Right “Hedges” GSU stands for Ga Southern University……..You know the one with all the National championships.


July 4th, 2012
5:34 pm

ApersonSmart………..there you go again being nasty and saying things that are uncalled for. Your star is losing its luster and becoming like some primary school child with no formal upbrining! Too bad, I thought you had some grey matter! Shows what know!

A person SMART enough to know......

July 4th, 2012
7:05 pm

Paddy………….it is going to take GaState awhile before it can really out recruit all the HBCU’sand even longer to beat Ga Southern. They maybe FCS but they have a LONG way to go to really be in the FCS recruiting wise. Put 5 or so winning season together then the better players will really take a visit to GaState.

Rick James

July 4th, 2012
7:25 pm

When Curry leaves what he is building and the right coach is in place Georgia St will be the most exciting college team in Atlanta.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 4th, 2012
7:32 pm

Rick HOW many years in the future do you want to make that bet?


July 4th, 2012
10:11 pm

SEC level recruit???? Are you on crack? I quess thats why his ONLY offer was from gag st

Vampire Bill

July 4th, 2012
10:12 pm



July 4th, 2012
11:59 pm

It’s amusing how Georgia Southern fans tout themselves as the real GSU and then try to brag about their national championships. The fact is, almost nobody gives a crap about those second rate “championships”. They don’t even register on the radar anywhere outside of Statesboro and maybe a few other podunk schools.

At least State is man enough to step up and play big boy football instead of constantly making excuses and being giant pu$$ies like Southern has over all these years. Until Southern steps up and plays division 1 football, they have absolutely no room to talk. As long as you are playing peewee football, nobody gives two $hits about your “championships”.


July 5th, 2012
6:47 am

Smart… are right. GSU wold stuggel w/ FAMU for sure and SC St. of the past few years would have its way with the Panthers. They have a hardtime w/ ODU for pete’s sake, and they were only the 5th best team in the CAA last year.


July 5th, 2012
9:13 am

Why do Georgia State articles always turn into Southern people spewing hateful things?

1. GSU is not an HBCU; though we are very proud of our diversity.
2. GSU has only played two seasons of football. Give us some time grow a bit.
3. GSU as a nickname is used by grambling, southern, and state. Only one GSU is in FBS.


July 5th, 2012
1:13 pm

Observor, Division 1-aa Championships 2nd rate – you my friend are an absolute idiot…it take’s a lot to even attempt to move up to Division 1— attendance, stadium capacity…etc..

As an Alum- Class of ‘91 I would like nothing for than for them to move up… and aside from getting rid of that high school offense I think they would be very competitive. They talked about making this move 15yrs ago and backed off after an extended period of time. Knowing the city I just don’t think they want to go down that road and become a D1 school…

I like Georgia State as well; but, it has quite a few built in advantage’s ie location…location… location – that and the fact they have 35,000 in enrollment compared to maybe 15,000 for Southern.

Before you spout off get your facts straight…


July 5th, 2012
1:21 pm

HAHHAHA Ga Southern has as many blacks as Ga state (percentage wise). i guess that makes them both HBCU?


July 5th, 2012
3:41 pm

1. Curry done a great job to date
2. Getting in sunbelt this quick was great
“3. Scholastic education is second to none”

I’m sorry but you obviously didn’t go to Ga State.


July 5th, 2012
3:50 pm


If GSU vs Ga State happen today, I’ll bet my house on GSU. You shouldn’t talk trash about GSU, when your football program isn’t that great. I’m not saying Ga State is terrible, but they aren’t great. There is a lot of potential, but right now it is just potential. Even though GSU national championship isn’t top rated, it is something worth beating their chest for.


July 5th, 2012
3:57 pm

treyingeorgia, G Southern is a D-1 school. The FCS subdivision. Get your facts straight. The other 1-AA term is no longer used. The BCS term will also be a thing of the past.

PADDY, ODU was a playoff team. If they werer eligible, they would have been conference champs.
ODU has a nice squad. Very disciplined team that is well coached.

Rivals is somewhat ok. However, many players go under the radar for many reasons. Ask “The HONEY BADGER”. I would not be concerned with rating systems nor the SAT.

DUMB ENOUGH NOT TO KNOW ANYTHING, The H in HBCU means historically. IF it is so now an HBCU, then, how is it an HBCU by definition. They exist because they were founded by some people or organizations that wanted to educate the people who were not allowed on other campuses.


July 6th, 2012
8:33 am

Is it just me, or do all the Southern fans on here sound like cavemen? I really hope you didn’t learn how to write at GaSo. That would be really sad. The spelling/grammar is awful…

Argentina Blue

July 6th, 2012
6:53 pm

Curry is a coaching legend? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while.

@treyingeorgia – You should get your facts straight, too. Georgia Southern has an enrollment of about 20,000 compared to around 32,000 at Georgia State. And that “high school offense” would most definitely be competitive in FBS. If you don’t believe me then ask Alabama. The option-oriented offense is one of the reasons Southern has been so successful. If you’re a Southern fan you should remember what happened to the program years back when the option was dropped during the VanGorder and Hatcher years.

To Argentina Blue

July 9th, 2012
1:02 pm

If the option style offense is so good then how come you only scored one touch down against North Dakota State. I have a question for you…in a Georgia Southern Major is Ga Southern College football history one of the courses required? Just wondering why you would care about something so unimportant unless you were going to be tested on the material.

Argentina Blue

July 13th, 2012
4:48 pm

@To Argentina Blue (poster above) – That’s brilliant! According to you the fact that Southern had a poor showing in ONE game in the playoffs proves that their offense isn’t good and negates the results they’ve had over almost 25 years of using it. Do they offer basic writing skills or logic courses wherever you go to college (assuming you do)?