Obviously, Jay is not having problems with in-home visits.
However, he is or was having one problem and that was trying to figure out whom to schedule for an official visit when. The last time we talked he had three schools trying to arrange for him to come in for an official visit on the same weekend, January 11th. He seems to have solved that problem with little difficulty. "I've gotten them all set up now," Jay told me. "December 14th I visit LSU. I visit Mississippi State January 4th. I go to Ole Miss January 11th. I go to Auburn January 19th and Florida January 25th."
Although it is a great feeling knowing so many great schools want him in for a visit, he said he does have one future decision he regrets having to make. "The thing I hate is I have to turn four of them down," Jay said. "I really hate doing that because they are all good schools, and I would like to play for all of them."
Having official visits already set up is great in itself but Jay had even better news. He already has numerous scholarship offers on the table, including four of the five schools that he will visit. "All have (offered) but Florida," Jay said with understandable pride in his voice. He continued by saying that, "I suspect that (Florida) will (offer) because their coach said he wanted to see some senior tape today, and from what my coach told me, he really liked it."
Even though he is taking all five of his official visits, Jay is still committed to Ole Miss, a school he committed to a while back. But understandably, Jay wants to be totally fair to himself and see what the others schools have to offer in regard to academics, social life and athletics. With that in mind, he is going to take a long look at each one of them and make his decision based on which school impresses him the most. "On my official visits I'm going to look at each college, and if I like somebody better, I'm going to go there," Jay said. However, with that said, Ole Miss still seems to be the school the others will have to beat out because Jay said, "if I don't like one better, I'm still going to Ole Miss."
Jay did mention that he does have one regret about committing to Ole Miss so early in the recruiting process. Jay, who has grown up an Ole Miss fan, said, "I might regret it a little bit because if I like somewhere else better it would be like I kind of stabbed (Ole Miss) in the back."
While Jay may feel that way if he does back off of his commitment to Ole Miss, he also seems to understand that the decision he is about to make is very important and one that he will have to live with it for the next four or five years of his life.
Tough decisions are never easy as this very polite young man is finding out so early in life.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.