Rome Considering Georgia

    Valdosta High 2-sport star Jay Rome is making a lot of people proud. His Mom and Dad. His uncle Roger. Valdostan's like me. His future sure looks bright. Right now, he's 6'7" and apparently still growing. And Jay is starting to get the national attention, as recruiting services start trotting out their rankings for the 2011 class.
    Jay Rome will be a Super 11 player in the state of Georgia. Rivals and Scout both agree that Rome is not only one of the top players in the state, but also one of the top rated players in the nation. Top 100 quality. Perhaps the top tight end prospect in the land. Jay is an All-State basketball player too. He's also an "A Student."
    Good news for Georgia fans: Jay Rome likes Georgia and is considering Georgia. Richt and the 'Dogs have a few things working in their favor. Jay has a former Valdosta High teammate at Georgia, Michael Gilliard. And don't underestimate that. It's important to know guys on the team. Jay can also see a good fit as a tight end in the Bulldog system (see Bulldog TE's that have moved on to the NFL).
    I spoken with a lot of people that believe he will end up going to Clemson, just like Dad. And yes, he is considering Clemson. But he's also taking a close look at Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. And know this, this process has a long way to go.
    Right now, Jay is excited about Valdosta High's new coach Lance Gillespie, who will throw the ball around some, unlike the previous coach. Jay is also about to jump into to some AAU basketball. There are plans to play some for the Smyrna Stars, as well as a south Georgia team out of Moultrie. This weekend he's playing in a junior All-Star game in Savannah. So, basketball will factor into his college decision.
    Dad told me recently that Jay hasn't made a decision about playing both in college. That decision will come down the road. But the Mark Fox's or the world might want to get in front of him soon. Or get on the same page as Coach Right. Have a plan. Clemson is talking about allowing him to play both. But again, he's not locked in there.
    I was 10, 11 and 12 years old admiring Stan Rome and his brother Roger play football and basketball at Valdosta High. Later, I got to train with Stan, who was playing WR in the NFL with the Chiefs. Good people. Stan was one of the most talented athletes I have ever seen. Sounds like the kid is a chip off the old block.


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