Tight End Preparing for Senior Season and AU

Auburn football commitment Chris Laye comments on his upcoming season and preparations for college.

Suwanee, Ga.--Tight end prospect Chris Laye, who says his Auburn commitment is stronger than ever, is busy preparing for his senior season at Lambert High, but is also looking to the future beyond high school.

"I plan to come back down to Auburn for a summer camp and will continue to help with the recruiting," he says, noting that is something he did on his most recent visit to the Plains when he participated in Big Cat Weekend.

"For me the best part of Big Cat Weekend was to be able to recruit all of the other guys who were there," he says. "I enjoyed spending time with them and hopefully they will be commitments, too. I think we all got a bit closer."

One of the players he spent a lot of time with, cornerback Nick Ruffin from St. Pius X in Atlanta, decided to join Laye as an Auburn commitment.

"I hung out with Nick Ruffin, Cortez McDowell and Nick Chubb," Laye notes. "I spend all day talking with them. I think Nick Chubb is getting close to making a decision. I think Cortez still has a while before he makes his decision.

"I think Auburn is definitely the best place to be and hopefully they do, too," Laye says. "I am 100 percent committed to Auburn and will always be."

Laye has been working out with his teammates and plans to attend a seven-on-seven passing camp and other camps with them. Preparing himself to have a strong senior season and get ready for college football, Laye says, "I am improving every day by working out hard and by the time I get to Auburn as an early graduate I will be ready to go."

The tight end is scheduled to finish his high school classes in December and enroll at Auburn in January. Recruited for the Tigers by tight ends/H-back coach Scott Fountain, Laye chose the Tigers over Boston College, Louisville, South Florida, Vanderbilt, Duke, Virginia and others.

Standing six-foot-five, Laye weighed 237 when he committed to the Tigers on April 5th. "I am 241 now," he says. "I have added weight and dropped body fat."

Laye has played on two state championship lacrosse teams at Lambert, but has put his total focus on one sport as he prepares to be an Auburn Tigers.

The prospect says he really enjoyed the Big Cat Weekend, something started by the previous coaching staff five years ago when Gus Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator. Now that Malzahn is the head coach, he kept the event going.

"Big Cat is a great idea," Laye says. "All of the creativity involved with the activities throughout the day, I couldn't imagine a better day or a better place to have it. "I think everybody had a good time and will remember Big Cat Weekend."

"I talked to Coach Malzahn and enjoyed that," he adds." I brought my grandfather and my mom. Coach Malzahn got to meet my grandfather for the first time. Coach Malzahn is a great guy and obviously he is a great football coach so I look forward to playing for him."

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