At 6-feet-7 inches tall and over 275 pounds, Jay towers above everyone else on the field and just important, he's also incredibly agile.
A Clemson commitment since April 2007, Jay remains firm in his pledge to the Tigers, even after the events of last week.
CUTigers.com was on hand Friday night to check in with the mammouth high school standout and here is what he had to say:
Jay: It was a tough game. We came out and didn't really execute well in the first half. We went in at halftime and regrouped. We didn't quit and that was the main thing, but this one is going to hurt tonight and tomorrow. We will come out here Monday and look at the film and see what we need to fix. We will worry about that and get ready for our region game next week.
How did your team show so much heart and keep after it for four quarters after being down big early?
Jay: That is what is important. We didn't give up and quit. If we lay down and quit you know. The hardest thing in this game is that you are going to face bigger, faster, quicker teams. As long as you play with heart that is all that matters.
What did the coach tell you at halftime to inspire that second half performance?
Jay: He just said don't go out there and lay down. This is our house and we need to protect it. We need to come out there and win the second half. That's what we did. It was good to win that second half. I just wish we had won the first one too.
Jay: I was shocked. The way the season was going, if it continued I expected it to happen at the end of the season. I didn't really expect it to happen this early. I got a heads up before it hit the press so that was nice. It really meant a lot. Coach Bowden is a great man. He is a huge inspiration to me and my family. He was a great role model and I called him on Tuesday. We had a real good talk. We both got pretty emotional on the phone, but god has a plan for him. We are just looking at a small piece of the painting right now.
What did coach [Brad] Scott tell you this week?
Jay: Coach Scott is my man and he has my best intentions in mind. I can't tell you how much that means to me. He has been like a second father to me. He has treated me like one of his own sons. I seek his advice on everything. Not just on football, but on life as well. We have a relationship that is unbreakable right now. He means a lot to me and my family.
You have gotten to know a lot of the current players including many of the lineman and Willy Korn. What will it be like to see Willy get his first start on Saturday?
Jay: It is going to be great to see Willy get his first start tomorrow. He is a great leader and he is a great role model. I think he is going out there and play his heart out. I think it is going to fire up some of the other guys on the team and put a little spark back in that offense.
How does it make you feel to see three of those redshirt freshman getting so much playing time on the offensive line?
Jay: You know that is awesome because I grew up with them during their recruiting phase. They spent the night at my house pretty much every night in the summer before they went to Clemson. It is great seeing my best friends out there getting a chance to play.
How important is it for you and some of the other commitments to help out some of the other guys that are starting to waffle a little bit?
Jay: You know it is really important, but we just have to be understanding because me and Malliciah have been kind of in different situations. Some of the recruits haven't been contacted by their coaches and stuff about what is going on. There are different situations for all of the commits. I am not going to bash and I don't want any of the fans to bash any of the commits that are saying they are going to look around and see what the other options are. You have to understand that it is a business. College football is a huge business. We have to make sure that we are taken care of no matter what happens. Just because a new coach comes in that doesn't mean our scholarships are guaranteed. I encourage them and if their heart is at Clemson they will come back to Clemson.
What will it be like to be at Clemson's first Tiger Walk in Death Valley?
Jay: It is great. I wish I was in a suit tomorrow and walking down that walk. My freshman and sophomore year I visited Tennessee and I got to go on the walk. That was an experience I will never forget. There is just something about those walks. I can't wait to be part of the first one at Clemson.
What are your thoughts about coach Swinney?
Jay: I love coach Swinney to death. We go to church together. Me and his little sons got baptized on the same day. He is just a great man. He is a great leader and I think he will do a great job as the head coach there. I hope he gets the head job. There is nothing I want to see more than for him to get the head job and keep the staff they have now and build it from there. I think that would be the best fit for everybody.