September 19, 2010

Rome impressed with UA

Valdosta (GA) tight end Jay Rome has kept his recruitment relatively quiet since the beginning of the season, choosing to keep his focus on high school classes and his senior season.

"Our season has been great so far," Rome said. "We're 4-0 and we've got another big game coming up this week. We're on a roll and we're looking to keep that momentum going."

"I don't have any visits scheduled right now. I'm trying to keep my focus on my season and my schoolwork but once I get settled into things a little better I know I'll be taking some visits."

But as the fall goes on, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound four star prospect is planning on visiting several college campuses and already has four schools in mind.

"The four schools I've been paying the most attention to are Georgia, Clemson, Alabama and Tennessee. I've gotten to see all of them on TV a little bit this year."

"Georgia has lost two games but I think they are going to bounce back and have a good season."

"I haven't gotten to see as much of Clemson but I like the direction they are going as a program right now."

"Alabama is playing like national champions. They are just playing great football right now. I think their offense is a really great fit for me and it's an offense I could come in and make an impact on right away. They usually use two tight ends in their base set so there are lots of opportunities for playing time and they way they use their tight ends as kind of equal parts receiver and blocker, that's something that's a good fit for me."

"I was excited to see what kind of offense Tennessee was going to have with Coach Dooley and how they use their tight ends. Right now, their second leading receiver is their tight end so it's definitely a big part of what they do on offense."

Rome, who is rated the nation's No. 3 tight end prospect, still has plenty to learn about all four schools before he's ready to make a decision but said it's possible that he'll be ready to decide before the end of the season.

"I'm not going to wait until some specific day and try and make it a big event. When I'm comfortable making a decision and I feel like I know where I want to go, I'll go ahead and make a commitment. I don't want to drag the process out any longer than I have to."

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