Clemson jumps to the top of the list for Jaelyn Lay
Clemson dispensed a couple of offers on Saturday during its elite junior day for top 2019 prospects.
One of those offers went out to big Riverdale (Ga.) pass-catcher Jaelyn Lay.
Lay (6-6, 210) plays receiver for his high school team, but the Tigers offered him as a tight end.
“I was very happy and surprised because it wasn’t expected at the moment,” Lay told The Clemson Insider.
Clemson tight ends coach Danny Pearman delivered the verbal offer.
“He was saying that the staff was happy that I was able to come (to the junior day),” Lay said, “and that they love my film and that everyone thinks I’m the right fit for Clemson.”
It was the first visit to Clemson for Lay, who left very impressed after seeing the facilities and spending time with the coaching staff and current players.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “Interacting with other recruits and coaches was fun. Conversations with coaches and me asking a lot of questions was great. Also talking to current players like Christian Wilkins was great too.”
Clemson is offer No. 10 for Lay. Unsurprisingly, the major offer made other schools take notice.
Lay has already started to get more attention in his recruitment as a result.
“It impacted my recruitment a lot,” Lay said of Clemson’s offer. “Now more coaches from other schools are following me (on Twitter).”
The Tigers, though, have leapfrogged to the top of Lay’s list following the offer.
“They are the school to beat,” he said.
What sticks out to Lay about Clemson?
“They prepare their players for life after football, life after college, because the top goal is the degree,” Lay said. “That’s how they’re number one.”
The other offer Clemson extended on Saturday went to Cartersville (Ga.) tight end Jackson Lowe, a former teammate of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.