Jay Considering UNC

Yet another wavering Clemson pledge has his eye on North Carolina. J.K. Jay, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound offensive tackle from Greenville (S.C.) Christ Church Episcopal, has begun to explore his options -- including looking into UNC.

"[UNC] is a great school academically," Jay said. "It's a beautiful campus. I really like the coaches up there. They're real short on tackles, so that's a good thing."

After verbally committing to Clemson in April, Jay was as solid of a pledge as they come. He has even doubled as a recruiter by contacting fellow recruits and talking up coming to Clemson.

However, after Tommy Bowden resigned, Jay has had second thoughts.

"I'm still committed, but I'm taking visits to other places," Jay said.

"Other places" began to include UNC after Sam Pittman reached out to Christ Church Episcopal head football coach Don Frost.

"They contacted my coach, and so I started talking to Coach [Sam] Pittman," said Jay. "… He invited me on [an unofficial] visit."

In addition to the visit invitation, Jay was given a UNC scholarship offer.

On the Saturday during UNC's bye weekend, Jay took his unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.

After arriving early that morning, Jay and his parents met with Butch Davis for approximately an hour and a half.

"He talked a lot about faith, because that's most important to me," Jay said. "We talked about who he is as a person and where he came from. He told us all about what his family did. We asked him some questions we had. Coach told us where he thought their program was going and how excited they were."

Jay then went through a car wash-like line of meetings. He met with members of the academic support staff, spent time with offensive linemen Garrett Reynolds and Alan Pelc, sat down with offensive coordinator John Shoop, and met Jeff Connors in the weight room.

Jay, who received a good look at the football facilities during his various meetings, ended his UNC stay with a guided tour of the entire campus.

"Everything I saw was beautiful," Jay said. "The football facilities are state-of-the-art."

On Nov. 22, Jay will unofficially visit another school he's interested in: Georgia.

Jay will return to Georgia during the weekend of Dec. 10 for an official visit. He also has an official trip scheduled with Clemson for the weekend of Dec. 5.

Additionally, Jay said he is considering taking official visits to Miami, UNC, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

"Those are schools I want to [officially visit], but nothing is set in stone," Jay said. "With the Shrine Bowl schedule and the Under-Armour [All-American Game], things are really tight."

Over a month removed from Bowden's resignation, Jay's mind is still spinning with regards to his college decision.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time," Jay said. "I graduate in ten days. I'm just seeing what happens [with Clemson's coaching situation]. If the new coach comes in and they don't want me, I have to have a backup plan.

"Coach [Brad] Scott is real important to me. He's like a second dad to me – he means the world to me. As long as he's there, that's who I want to play for."

Jay hopes to have his college determined before playing in the Shrine Bowl on Dec. 20. He will enroll in the school of his choice in January.

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