Jay Discusses Commitment

Clemson picked up a commitment from one of the top sophomore offensive linemen in the southeast on Saturday. Christ Church standout J.K. Jay spoke with CUTigers.com Saturday to discuss the commitment.

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6-7, 275 pound sophomore J.K. Jay spent the past week working towards a commitment to the Tigers. Saturday morning he made his decision known to the Clemson staff.

"I called coach Scott on Thursday and told him I wanted to meet with him and coach Bowden this morning," he said. "We met in coach Bowden's office this morning at 10:30. We talked for about 30 minutes about my family. Then coach Bowden asked why I wanted to setup the meeting. I told him I was ready to commit to Clemson. I told him that was the place I wanted to play."

The Clemson coaching staff was thrilled to get such an early commitment from the standout offensive lineman.

"They were ecstatic," he said. "Coach Napier told me I would be the leader of my class just like Daquan was for this class."

Why did Jay decide to go ahead and make an early commitment to the Tigers?

"I visited Tennessee a lot and Kentucky. I got the feel for other programs. I liked the staff at Kentucky. I really liked the facilities at Tennessee. When I went to Clemson last Saturday everything just felt right. Clemson has a great staff. It is a good Christian atmosphere. Me and my dad met with coach Scott for a few hours on Wednesday. My dad had some questions," replied Jay.

Coach Scott and J.K.'s future teammates played a big role in his decision.

"I love the staff at Clemson. I love coach Scott. He will be my position coach which is great. I already have a good relationship with Mason, David, Thomas and Wilson. I grew up going to Clemson games in Death Valley. I had always prayed about going to Clemson," said Jay.

Some of the top programs in the southeast were showing early interest for the prize recruit.

"I was hearing a lot from Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State and UNC," said Kay.

The Palmetto standout is glad he has already made his commitment to the Tigers.

"I have always wanted to go to Clemson. Last Saturday it really hit me. It just felt right. It feels great to have it done. Now I can focus on academics and my team. I can get ready to be a Clemson Tiger," stated Jay.

Finally, Jay said the following about Saturday's Orange & White game: "It was hard to tell how they looked today because they were playing against themselves. I thought Willy looked really good and Landon looked good out there as well. He has really put on the weight. Clemson is going to be very good this year."

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