Jay Valai enjoys Minnesota visit

Texas cornerback prospect has two Big Ten favorites

Jay Valai, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback from Colleyville (Texas) Heritage, took an official visit to Minnesota this weekend and attended the Gopher game versus Michigan State.

Valai helped led Heritage to a 6-4 mark as a team captain this season. The Panthers lost a heartbreaker in the season finale, falling to Grapevine 35-28 in double overtime. The Panthers started the season 4-0, but won just two of their last six contests. However, it was still the school's first winning season since 2002. They had finished 4-6 last season.

Valai said that the trip to Minnesota was his first visit.

"I was going to come up for the Ohio State game, but it did not work out," Valai said.

Minnesota is currently one of Valai's top two choices.

"Here and Wisconsin are nice," he said.

Valai said that he plans on visiting Wisconsin in December and has also received a scholarship offer from New Mexico State. He believes that offers from Penn State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Arizona could be forthcoming.

Valai said that most schools are looking for him as a conerback or slot receiver. However, he is open to any position in college.

"As long as I'm on the field, it does not matter," he said.

Valai played basketball in the past, but does not plan to play hoops this season.

Minnesota assistant Kerry Cooks is the Gopher coach recruiting Valai.

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