One of the bigger camps of the summer, the Champions Elite Football camp, took place last week in LaGrange, Georgia. The camp, which was sponsored by LaGrange College head football coach Steve Pardue, featured four different sessions with each session capping out at 300 participants. One of the big draws for the campers was the exposure they would have as coaches from 76 different collegiate programs served as coaches for the camp.
Jaelyn Lay took full advantage of his exposure, and at the end of the day the 2019 receiver/tight end hybrid had added four new offers as Syracuse, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Oregon State bringing his offer total to seven. Pittsburgh, Florida Atlantic and Tennessee Chattanooga are the other programs that had already offered the 16 year old athlete.
"It felt good (to pick up those offers) but I wanted to still keep my composure as if I didn't have any at all and stay humble," Lay told BeaverBlitz. He continued, "I felt that I did good but still have a lot to work on such as my blocking techniques. The main thing that I liked about the Champions Elite Camp was that it gave me a feeling of actually being on a college team and having the college coaches coaching you up and critique your playing ability."
Cornerback coach Cory Hall, tight ends graduate assistant Brian Wozniak and offensive line graduate assistant Josh Ogelsby represented the Oregon State coaching staff over the course of the two-day camp. It was Coach Wozniak who extended the offer to Lay following one of the sessions.
"After 1-on-1s I ran the last route and all the athletes were called together, but Coach Wozniak me to the side and said he liked my skills and that he was proud to say that I had an offer from OSU as a tight end. I know that OSU is a great school to attend and one of the best in the Pac-12."
The 6'6" 200-pounder from Georgia's Riverdale High School doesn't claim to have a leader early on in his recruitment and neither did he grow up a fan of one program over another. Rather, he spent more of his watching different receivers hone their craft.
"Growing up I didn't have a favorite college team, I just liked watching them play and watching the positions I wanted to play when I was younger. I'm open to any school that's interested in me because it's a blessing to know that a school believes in you and took the time to find out information about who you are off the field too."
On the horizon for Lay is a trip to the University of Georgia later this week for a 7on7 tournament. As of right now, no other visits on are the docket for the summer.