Tigers In Strong With Tight End Prospect

Class of 2014 football prospect Chris Laye discusses his visit to Auburn and offer from the Tigers.

Suwanee, Ga.--Tight end Chris Laye, who has been a starter since his freshman season at Lambert High School, has picked up a scholarship offer from Auburn and says the Tigers are his leader.

Standing six-foot-five and weighing 237 pounds, Laye is an honor student who is planning to graduate in December. Since he is considering making a decision soon on his college choice, who his current leader is could be significant for the Tigers.

"I am very excited about the offer," says Laye, who notes that he spent a lot of time at Auburn on Monday, his second visit to the campus to meet with Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff. "Auburn is definitely my top school."

Laye notes that he was "excited" to be invited to practice and spend time with the Auburn coaches.

"I got there in the morning around 6:30 and then went to the tight end meeting around 7:00," he says. "Then we watched practice and after practice we had a business meeting because that is what I want my major to be.

"After that I had lunch with the tight ends coach (Scott Fountain)," Laye says. "We got to check out the new dorms and went to the stadium and the locker rooms. Then I had a one-on-one meeting with Coach Malzahn.

"He said the whole staff really loved me and he had watched my game film and liked my highlight tape a lot," the prospect says. "I think he really wanted to offer me before this, but he wanted to sit down and talk to me.

"He was telling me that Auburn is not a team that likes to offer people early, but he felt like I was the right guy for the position and had the right skills and character to fit the family," Laye adds.

Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Laye says he has offers from Boston College, Louisville, South Florida, Vanderbilt and Virginia. He also likes Vandy and Louisville, which he says is "a program on the rise."

The tight end, who says he is carrying a 3.71 grade point average, appears close to making a decision and shutting down recruiting.

"Right now I haven't made a top three or anything yet," he says. "I am looking at my choices. I will probably be committed in the next few weeks. I am planning to be up at Duke on Wednesday, but Auburn is my top school right now."

Laye says he likes what he saw of Auburn's offense in practice as well as video of how Malzahn likes to use the tight end his system. The prospect also notes that he is excited that is team will be switching to an offensive system for his senior year that will be very similar to what the Tigers run. "I like the up tempo style."

Commenting on what he is looking for in his college choice, he says, "You know how you get that feeling that a school kind of fits you? I get that kind of feeling at Auburn. I have a really strong feeling for them."

In addition to playing football at Lambert, Laye was a defenseman on two state championships teams in lacrosse. However, he is now concentrating on just football even though he likes lacrosse. "It is a great sport and I enjoyed playing it with my friends, but I just didn't have time to play both sports."

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