Rome has two in mind

The nation's No. 1 ranked tight end has two schools sitting at the top of his list of favorites with the college football season less than a week away.

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On Sunday, CUTigers spoke with Valdosta High School (Georgia) five-star Jay Rome, the nation's top-rated tight end, according to

A pair of SEC schools are currently holding down the top spot on his list.

"I think Georgia and Alabama are leading," Rome said.

No plans for official visits have been made as Rome has yet to nail down the five schools he would like to see officially.

"First of all, I know I'm going to take one to Georgia and Alabama. After that, we'll see where it goes," he said.

Rome has set an unofficial visit up, though. He'll be in Knoxville on Sept. 11 for the Oregon game. Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Clemson could receive visits this fall.

"I've been so busy with high school football and my season, it's crazy trying to get a schedule together," he said.

In regards to a potential Clemson trip, Rome said, "I'm going to try to get up with coach [Danny] Pearman and see what's a good time."

Although Clemson isn't considered the favorite—as the Tigers once were—Dabo Swinney and company are still under consideration.

"They're definitely still close in there," Rome said. "I know I'm going to get up for another visit. I'm just going to try to make my mind up from there."

Several criteria will be looked at by Rome as his decision date approaches. The decision could be announced at the Under Armour All-American game, or maybe even sooner.

"I just want to see what kind of offense—how they utilize the tight end and what's the best fit for me," Rome said.

In Valdosta's season opener last week, Rome had four catches for 62 yards. As a junior, he had 32 receptions for over 500 yards and four touchdowns. Top Stories