Jay Makes Tough Decision

Four-star offensive lineman J.K. Jay showed last week that he could compete against some of the top defensive lineman in the nation. However over the past few days he also had a tough decision to make.

OL J.K. Jay Profile

After injuring his shoulder in the Shrine Bowl Saturday, Clemson verbal commitment and four-star offensive lineman J.K. Jay visited the doctor on Monday to weigh his options.

Fortunately, he left the office with good news.

At the same time he still had tough decision to make.

"The doctor said I didn't need an MRI," he told CUTigers.com Monday evening. "It is fine. I am not going to play in the Under Armour game though.

"I didn't want to go down there and injure it again. The winter is the heavy lifting time. I want to make sure I am able to go."

Clemson assistant coach Brad Scott discussed the situation in-depth with the Shrine Bowl standout after Saturday's game.

"It was a tough decision. I talked to coach Scott about it. He told me to go down if I wanted to, but it sounded like the mature thing to do was to not participate and make sure I am ready for the spring," said Jay.

Clemson football is J.K.'s priority and he wanted to make sure he was ready to do what he can to help the team this spring.

"This spring is really important to me and what I am trying to do. I want to come in second string and try to keep that. I want to battle for a starting position. I don't want to come in with bum shoulder and not be able to put on the strength and weight I need before next season," said Jay.

"I will be ready to go when I get there."

The four-star offensive lineman really wanted the opportunity to play against the best players in the nation, but he also realizes the game will have little impact on the bigger picture and his long-term plans in Tigertown.

"I really wanted to go, but it didn't workout," he said. "I have to trust in God. He has a plan. Clemson is where my career is. Doing well at the Under-Armour game won't help me get on the field next year."

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