Talented Tight End Chooses Tigers

Chris Laye, a class of 2014 tight end prospect from Lambert High School, has committed to the Auburn Tigers.

Suwanee, Ga.--Auburn picked up its second football verbal commitment of the week from a class of 2014 prospect when tight end Chris Laye chose Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers on Friday afternoon.

"I am committed to Auburn and I am excited about it," Laye said. "There really wasn't just one factor, there were a few things that went into my decision. The good academics is important to me. The business school is ranked No. 22 or No. 23 in the nation for public business schools, which is huge for me.

"Number two is the campus," he said. "I absolutely love the campus, the school, the players and everything surrounding it.

"Number three is the coaching staff," Laye said. "I really like Scott Fountain, the tight ends coach. You couldn't ask for a better coach or a better person who cares about my character and who I am as a person. Auburn is just a great fit for me."

Laye noted that since visiting Auburn on Monday he has been leaning heavily toward the Tigers. He said now that he has made his pledge he is 100 percent committed to it.

"I talked to my mom about it a great deal and she is definitely all for the decision," he said. "She loves everything about Auburn and she wants me to be happy.

"My grandpa who is also a big part of my life also likes the school. He talked to Coach Fountain, too, so my whole family has been talking to the coaching staff and they are excited for me and I am excited for myself.

"It feels great just to get the decision out of the way," Laye added. "I am done with recruiting, I am done with visiting schools. I am 100 percent committed to Auburn. Now I can focus on my senior year and focus on getting better and being the best football player I can be."

Laye is a 6-5, 237-pound tight end at Lambert High School, where he has been a varsity starter since his freshman season for the Longhorns.

An honor student who plans to graduate in December, Laye picked up a scholarship offer from the Tigers after visiting campus for a practice on Monday. He chose the Tigers over offers from Boston College, Louisville, South Florida, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Laye, who is 17 years old, noted he doesn't think he will get much larger when he plays in college. "I don't expect to be gaining much weight," he said. "I am cutting down on body fat right now and I think I will play my senior year around 237 pounds.

"When I get to college I am sure will put on some weight there, but I am definitely not trying to grow into a tackle--I am going to be a tight end," he said.

When he arrives at Auburn next year, he should be ready to make a smooth adjustment to the system directed by coordinator Rhett Lashlee. "This year we are pretty much copying the Auburn offense," said Laye, who noted he believes he will play H-back as well as tight end for the Tigers.

"Auburn's offense is the way I like to play," said Laye, who is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com. "They are no huddle and just get after it."

Laye, who has played on two state championship lacrosse teams at Lambert High School, has given up that sport to concentrate on football this fall before graduating in December and enrolling at Auburn in January.

"I will have six months in the weight room before the other recruits get there," he said about being an early enrollee. "It is going to give me six months to learn the playbook and be a part of the team and get to know all the players."

Laye noted that he already has a good relationship with Auburn junior tight end C.J. Uzomah. "I have been talking to him for a while now and he loves Auburn. I will have mentors when I get there. The whole team is just a bunch of great guys. I feel comfortable knowing I'll have people there that will support me and help me out."

The tight end said he called the Auburn coaches on Friday afternoon to tell them about his decision and they were excited to get the news. "I am really looking forward to playing in the offense," he said. "In Coach Malzahn's system they really like to use the tight end and H-back and I think I am a good fit for what they do."

On Sunday the Tigers picked up a commitment from Joshua Casher, an offensive lineman from St. Paul's in Mobile. The other current high school junior committed to the Tigers is running back Kamryn Pettway from Prattville High School.

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