March 26, 2010
Hokies pick up interest in jumbo ATH with ties
The Hokies have ties to a major prospect in the southeast. Virginia Tech has picked up interest recently in the massive 6-foot-6, 240-pound target, but still has yet to throw an offer on the table.
"I have heard from Virginia Tech, but not talked to them too much yet," Valdosta, Ga. tight end Jay Rome said. "It's definitely a possibility that they'll get consideration if they offer. I'm not closing myself off to anyone, I'm looking at all my options."
Rome of course has ties to the Hokies through his brother, former lineman Brandon Frye.
In the meantime, Rome is starting to take visits elsewhere.
"I'm on a visit to Alabama right now and I'm going to get up to Georgia soon," he said. "I'm trying to go to Tennessee and Clemson sometime too.
"I just want to see if I fit and see how the coaches interact with the players. I also want to see how the players interact with each other and then the whole environment."
At this point in time, Rome claims approximately 20 scholarships.
While he maintains no leaders, there are definitely a list of schools who he plans to take official visits to come fall.
"I'm still pretty open until I at least take official visits," he said. "I'm going to take an official probably to Georgia, Clemson and Alabama. Those three are likely at the moment.
"It's just because I've been talking to the coaches a lot there. I'm building relationships with them and it's just the feel for the atmosphere. I've got a feel for how they utilize their tight ends in the offense."
The Rivals250 to watch prospect recently wrapped up his basketball season in which he made it to the Georgia North-South all-star game.
"We won and I had 29-points and 11 rebounds," he said. "I'm getting a lot of interest for basketball and I'm really considering it. I'm not sure if I'll do basketball, football or both. My father did both at Clemson and a lot of colleges say I can come in and do both. It's up to me whatever I decide to do. I've heard basically all the schools that have offered me for football have offered for basketball as well."
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