Clemson vs. SEC for five-star TE

Clemson is in a six-way slugfest with the SEC heavyweights for the top rated tight end in the class of 2011.

TE Jay Rome Profile

CUTigers caught up with Valdosta (Ga.) tight end Jay Rome, the No. 1 rated tight end in the class of 2011.

So far this spring, he's visited Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

"I don't have plans to go anywhere else anytime soon. I'm going to be too busy with some stuff," Rome said.

When he's not preparing for his senior season at Valdosta, Rome's going to be on the AAU basketball circuit, running with the Georgia Hawks. Once the summer gets started, most of his time will be devoted to the Hawks.

But Rome does have an idea of the schools he likes for the next level of football. Right now, he's considering Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn.

"I want to go somewhere I can feel comfortable and fit into a system that utilizes their tight ends," he said.

Rome shared his thoughts about each of those six.

Clemson: I've established a good relationship with coach (Danny) Pearman. They had an All-ACC tight end last year. That's somewhere that I think I can fit in.

Georgia: They have a history of having great tight ends. I've developed a good relationship with the coaches.

Florida: Of course they had (Aaron) Hernandez last year, he won the tight end award. That's one I'm definitely looking at.

Alabama: They won the national championship last year. All of their players work hard. It's just a great program. Coach (Nick) Saban is doing a great job.

Tennessee: They just got a new coaching staff. They're some good coaches. I haven't gotten to visit yet, but I'm hoping to visit soon. They just signed a DB from my high school, Dontavis Sapp. That's another thing I'm taking into consideration.

Auburn: I haven't gotten to visit Auburn yet, but I've been talking to coach (Curtis) Luper and he seemed like a real nice guy. I've had a couple of good conversations, so I want to keep them in mind.

Rome is playing in the Under Armor All-America Game. He's not sure if a decision will even be ready by then.

"I'm going to try to take all of my official visits before I make a decision, so it's not going to be in the near future," he said.

CUTigers asked, do you have any of your official visits planned yet?

"No, but they'll be picked from out of those (six) I just named," Rome said. Top Stories