Corral Conversations: Jay Ajayi

Liberty HS RB Jay Ajayi (Frisco, TX) signed with Boise State back in February as a member of the 2011 recruiting class & was in Boise just a couple weeks ago for The Blue-Orange Game. There's lots of hype surrounding Ajayi due to his spectacular senior season & Parade All-American status. How are the workouts going? How was the trip to Boise? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about all of that & more.

Liberty HS RB Jay Ajayi (Frisco, TX) signed with Boise State back in February as a member of the 2011 recruiting class and was in Boise just a couple weeks ago as he attended The Blue-Orange Game at Bronco Stadium. There's a lot of hype surrounding Ajayi due to his spectacular senior season and Parade All-American status. Needless to say, he's ready to work hard and fulfill that potential.

"Basically, Coach Pete asked me how I was doing and told me it's time to get down to business," he said. "He told me to get my mind right and be prepared to play this season. I have to stay sharp, finish strong in school, and come ready to contribute on June 24th."

"It sounds like I'm going to play as a freshman," he stated. "As of now, that's the plan. I'm going to come in with a humble mind-set, but ready to work as well."

"Me and Doug (Martin) really bonded a lot. He's like my big brother," he said. "I learned that he has an amazing work ethic and is always working hard in the weight room. He only saw limited time in the Spring Game, but he made a big impact and jumped clear over a defender as well."

Boise State is stocked with upperclassmen at many different positions and tackling the depth chart may prove to be a daunting task for many of the true freshmen, but RB is a different story. The future Bronco knows there's playing time up for grabs and he says he's ready to compete.

"The #2 spot is wide open and I'm just going to come in and battle," said Ajayi. "You always want to see DJ (Harper) come back healthy, but you never know what'll happen. My goal is to contribute and I'm just going to go in there and work my butt off."

"I'm up to 208 now," he said. "Right now, the coaches really just want me to stay where I'm at. They want me to sustain that weight, put muscle on, and get faster. I already feel faster and stronger."

The talented RB says the team goal for 2011 is simple...get back to a BCS Bowl. He says the 2011 Broncos plan to "start fast and finish fast."

"Let me just say that the expectations are to go to a BCS Bowl. That's what I took from the team meeting," he said. "We have to do our part now that we're in a new conference with new opponents and a mind-set that everyone is going to be gunning for us this year. We have to set the tone against Georgia and finish it against TCU, start fast and finish fast."

Ajayi (6'0, 208, 4.5) says the fact that he's going to play Division One football at Boise State still hasn't sunk in yet. He says it's a "dream come true."

"It's a surreal feeling and a dream come true," he said. "I'm excited about the next level and taking that next step. At first, I know there will be some adversity and I pride myself on being able to handle that. I'm going to continue doing what I've been doing, setting goals and working hard to achieve them. I'm not talking about just football, but school as well. I'm going to set my goals for both."

As a senior, Ajayi was honored as a Parade All-American following an unbelievable senior season. In 2010, he rushed for over 2,200 yards and 36 TDs.

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


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