But the high school standout from Valdosta, Ga., said his trip to Clemson Wednesday was all worth it.
Rome, along with his dad and former Clemson standout Stan Rome, his sister
and a Valdosta teammate, toured the campus, looked at the football
facilities and then watched the Tigers' two-and-half hour practice in
"It was fun," Jay Rome said.
Rome and his family arrived at Clemson around 11:30 a.m. and then his
recruiter, Danny Pearman, showed him and the family around the campus and
the town of Clemson itself before heading over to position meetings and
then over to Death Valley.
"Coach took me around the campus and showed me everything," the 6-foot-5,
210-pound tight end said. "He took me to the academic center and then I
got to go see The Rock. That was one of the best parts. It was cool."
Rome also enjoyed practice and seeing what it would be like to play for
"The best part was watching practice and I got to be with Coach Pearman
when he was coaching up the tight ends and I got to see what that was
like. Then I got to watch them scrimmage so it was a great environment to
be around," he said.
Rome, a member of the 2011 class, has offers from Clemson, Florida State
and Georgia so far. He has already visited Florida State and Georgia and
he says his trip to Clemson was far more impressive.
"It was great. I could really see myself here. It is a small town. It is
mellow. It is what I like," he said. "I grew up in the country in
Valdosta, Lowndes County. It is not in a busy city, it is not too much and
you can feel the sports here."
Rome said practice was the best part of the trip.
"I loved the practice. They had intensity, especially when they were doing
the little three-on-three drills. It was real live action and they were
going at it," he said. "Everyone was going at each other and they seem
like they are ready.
"Clemson is No. 1 right now. I really liked my visit today."
Rome said he will be coming back to Clemson in two weeks for a basketball
camp that he was invited to. Currently he is playing AAU basketball and
had to return to Valdosta Wednesday night so he could make practice on
Rome loves Clemson
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