Jaelyn Lay (6’5, 220) from Riverdale, GA has committed to the Clemson Tigers. Lay is a jumbo WR who will play TE at Clemson. He is the composite number 447 player overall and a 3* but that number is going to rise dramatically. Clemson got in early in his recruitment and offered at the end of January. Georgia summarily followed suit and offered. He was recently offered by Miami as well. His stock is on the rise.
Lay gives you someone with receiver characteristics and hands to go with a big frame. He should easily continue to add weight and size to get in the 240-250 range without much trouble. His high school only went 1-9 last season and Lay had just 240 yards receiving, making him a bit of an undervalued commodity. But this recruitment is all about recognizing the upside and potential fit at the tight end.
The immediate comparison is with Jordan Leggett, but one thing that Lay does a bit better than Leggett coming out of high school is blocking on the perimeter. Lay, like Leggett, is going to transition to tight end after being a large body outside wide receiver, catching jump balls. Lay, however, loves to use his big mitts to push around DBs and does some inside blocking. There will be a big transition to the college level for Lay, but he has the physical tools you are looking for in a pass catching TE. Hard not to fall in love with his wingspan and length. He was athletic enough to even play a little wildcat for his high school team. Lay still has work to do with regards to route running and being more explosive with the ball in his hands in the open field, but at TE all those traits are minimized.
Lay is the third commitment to the 2019 class and won’t take any other visits or look around. He is a solid commitment and everything I have heard says he comes from an amazing family and is an upstanding citizen at Riverdale (in the the south Atlanta suburbs). Look for Clemson to take one additional TE in the class.