Post Season Honors Begin For Ajayi

Liberty HS RB Jay Ajayi (Frisco, TX) signed with Boise State as a member of the 2011 recruiting class and received a rather unexpected honor yesterday as he was named a 2011 Parade All-American. Why was it unexpected? Simply because the future Bronco didn't know a thing about it. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about being named a Parade All-American and his outstanding senior season.

Liberty HS RB Jay Ajayi (Frisco, TX) signed with Boise State as a member of the 2011 recruiting class and received a rather unexpected honor yesterday as he was named a 2011 Parade All-American. Why was it unexpected? Simply because the future Bronco didn't know a thing about it.

"I had no idea until Coach B called me a little while ago to congratulate me. I was skeptical at first and then I went online to look at it," he said. "It really shows that hard work does pay-off. I was real excited to see that," he added.

What do Herschel Walker, Tony Dorsett, and Reggie Bush have in common? One instantly thinks "Heisman Trophy" when those three names are mentioned, but they were also Parade All-Americans before they were great college RBs.

"It's quite an honor," Ajayi said. "I remembered some of the big guys like Reggie Bush and others being on it. It was kind of a 'wow' moment for me. Never in my dreams did I think I'd receive such an honor."

That "honor" is well deserved. The talented RB rushed for over 2,200 yards and 36 TDs as a senior. He accomplished all of that while not even playing in the second half of four games.

"I definitely accomplished what I set out to do," he stated. "I wanted 2,000 yards and I got that. I wanted more TDs than I had last year and I got that too. It just all goes back to the hard work that I put in during the off-season. That's where it all starts."

Most expect Doug Martin to carry the load at RB heading into the 2011 season. DJ Harper is returning from a second ACL injury and there isn't much proven depth beyond him at the RB position. Could that mean early playing time for Jay Ajayi?

"Basically, Coach Petersen called me and told me there's a possibility that I won't redshirt," he said. "I need to get my mind mentally and physically ready for that. Not too many can say they played their freshman year. I'm excited about that."

The thought of early PT at Boise State is driving Ajayi (5'11, 208, 4.5) to work that much harder this off-season.

"I kicked into workout mode and started preparing for Boise as soon as the season ended," he said. "I'm up to 208 now, so I'm good to go there. I'm focusing on speed training now and that's going well."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Jay Ajayi.

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