Future five-star visiting Saturday

One of the nation's top 2011 football recruits will be in Clemson this Saturday night to watch the Tigers take the hardwood against Duke.

TE Jay Rome Profile

A Clemson legacy, Valdosta High School (G.A.) tight end Jay Rome is the son of Stan Rome, who played both football and basketball during the 1975-76 academic year.

The elder entered school as a basketball player starting with the 1974-75 academic year and later played professional football with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The younger Rome claims a laundry list of offers from around the country, including: Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, South Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford and North Carolina.

When CUTigers recently spoke to him, Rome listed four that he's considering.

"Clemson, Georgia, Florida and Alabama," he said. "I guess that would be my top four, in no particular order."

Similar characteristics stick those four out ahead of the others.

"All of them have great programs. All of them have been recruiting me. They're places that I could go, possibly play and fit in good--the way the use their tight ends and just the recruiting process--how it is going with those schools," he said.

This past fall, Rome went to Clemson, Georgia and Florida State for unofficial visits. He could attend a couple of junior days in the coming weeks and months, but it depends on his basketball schedule.

On the hardwood for Valdosta, Rome averages "around" 27 points 11 rebounds per game. He could follow in his father's footsteps and play both at the next level, and there are options.

"Pretty much all the schools that I hear from in football," he said. "Some schools that are offering me for football, if I want to, they'll allow me to play both basketball and football, if I was willing to."

Rome said Clemson was one of the first schools to propose the idea.

"I've spoken with coach (Oliver) Purnell and an assistant coach. We just kind of keep in touch," he said.

"I'm going to take all of my official visits first," Rome said.

He'll be making the trip with his dad. It'll be the younger Rome's first trip to Littlejohn Coliseum for a basketball game.

On the gridiron as a junior, he had 32 catches for over 500 yards and four touchdowns as a tight end and wide receiver.

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