"It Will Probably Be Georgia"

"It Will Probably Be Georgia"

ATHENS – Jay Rome made the trip to Athens this weekend from Valdosta with Georgia already high on his list.

After taking in the Bulldogs' annual Senior Gala and visiting with the coaching staff during his official visit to Georgia, Rome is nearing his decision—and Georgia now leads all other schools to land the elite tight end.

"Jay's going to take some time now and pray on it and meditate on it and if things keep coming back the same it will probably be Georgia," Jay's father, Stan Rome, said.

The visit only solidified Rome's feelings about the Bulldogs. His father, Stan, liked what Georgia had to offer, too.

"Well, I felt good about it," Stan Rome said. "It put me at a little bit at ease that Georgia may be the place for him. We got along with everybody. The coaching staff—we got to know (tight ends) coach (John) Lilly a lot better. We had a really nice visit with coach (Mark) Richt. He's coming down to Valdosta next week. We had a lot of the same beliefs and thoughts about how we'd like to see Jay develop and progress."

Stan Rome has given Jay his blessing if he does decide to play for Richt.

"Basically if he chose Georgia we'd be perfectly OK with that," Stan Rome said. "We feel like he'd be in good hands with coach Richt."

Jay Rome, a 5-star tight end from Valdosta, was a star among stars this weekend in Athens. Georgia hosted a wealth of talent, including Quan Bray, Malcolm Mitchell and more. Jay fit right in with all the recruits attending, Stan said, as Georgia held it's annual Senior Gala Event. The Georgia coaching staff has stressed to this year's class about keeping instate talent at home. The message is resonating.

"We talked about the, ‘Dream Team,' and the dream class," Stan Rome said. "If Georgia is able to land all these guys it would possibly be a super class. Jay got along with all of those recruits that were in there this weekend. They all got along real well."

Rome's next planned trip is a scheduled visit to Alabama in early January. But that visit may not take place when all is said and done.

"At this point we've got tentatively an official visit set up to Alabama early in January," Stan Rome said. "Whether Jay holds out before he makes an announcement before then or not is probably 50/50."

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