August 20, 2008

Talent overflowing for GA sophomore

Only one year into his high school career, Jay Rome is already being talked about as one of the top athletes in the state of Georgia.

Will it be basketball, football, or both that draws Rome to a school in the future? We don’t have to worry about him becoming a prospect because he already is. Barring injury, Rome will have his choice of sport and school in three years.

Jay's father Stan Rome played at Valdosta where he set receiving records before moving onto Clemson to play football and basketball. He then played in the NBA and NFL after leaving Death Valley. Those ties to Clemson showed in the summer of 2005.

“I got my first letter between my 7th and 8th grade year and it was from Clemson,” said the sophomore at Valdosta. “It was a letter about basketball. After that, I got letters from Georgia and Cincinnati about basketball.”

“Now, Clemson has started sending me letters about football too. They are the only ones doing that right now.”

Things are only going to pick up for the 6-foot-6, 227-pound athlete. He had a chance to perform in front of many college coaches during spring practice and those schools will likely begin recruiting him in the near future.

“Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida, and LSU were schools I saw looking at me during practice. They came out to see guys like Mike (Michael Gilliard - UGA commitment) and Antonio Foster (Tennessee commitment), so I got a chance to show them what I could do some too.”

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