And Clay always fancied himself a skill position player.
"I just love being a receiver," he said. "When you catch the ball exactly the right way and it feels right, it's total satisfaction."
Clay has been a pass catcher for the entirety of his first spring practice with the Mountaineers, but not exclusively as an inside receiver.
He said WVU has introduced some tight end features in the offense when he lines up next to the tackle and puts his hand on the ground to again take advantage of one of his strengths,
"I've been doing a lot of blocking," he said.
Clay weighs about 250 pounds now and though he said he hasn't been told to get up or down to a certain number, he said he's trying to drop some pounds to better adjust to playing inside receive.
He's not far from where he needs to be and he knows his size helps.
"I call it an advantage personally," he said. "I like to hit people and when you weigh 70 more pounds than any cornerback coming at you, that makes it a little bit easier. Obviously, I'm not as fast as Tavon Austin, so it has disadvantages as well."
The Mountaineers have a need inside, where Austin is the only returning scholarship player. Senior J.D. Woods has played a lot in his career, but never on the inside, where he has made great strides this spring. Freshman Jordan Thompson continues to make plays just four months after enrolling.
Then there's Clay, who is a bigger target and a bigger blocker than any of them. Truth be told, playing as a receiver and lining up away from the line of scrimmage isn't much of a change.
"I actually split out a lot in high school," he said. "It's not that much different because our inside receivers do a lot more blocking, which isn't a problem for me playing as much as I do. I'm not bad at that, but whatever they need me for, if blocking is it, then so be it."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.