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Gamecocks Jump In On Jay

Shrine Bowl OL JK Jay (6-7 275) of Christ Church threw himself back into the recruiting world last week deciding his commitment to Clemson would not hold if Dabo Swinney and the staff are not retained. Jay quickly learned how much he's liked by other recruiters who had not bothered to go after him since he committed to Clemson in April, 2007. Jay said USC recruiter Brad Lawing called last week with an offer as did Georgia. He's also added offers from Miami, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt, plus he's getting strong interest from Florida and Alabama.

Saturday, Jay took an unofficial visit to North Carolina with his father. "We met with the coaches and looked at the facilities," he said. "I met with the offensive line coach and talked to coach (Butch) Davis for about two hours. I also talked to some of the players and the team chaplan. I met with the offensive coordinator and the strength coach. And we went around the campus and the facilities."

Jay talked with Georgia head coach Mark Richt last Thursday and he will take an official visit to Georgia. He's not decided on any other official visits. He also has offers from Kentucky and Tennessee. "Everybody is even right now," he said. "I haven't been anywhere yet. Clemson is still a little bit above everybody else."

Jay said if Swinney were named the full time coach, he would stick to his commitment. He graduates from high school in 22 days and he would like to know something about what the Tigers will do by then. "If they don't retain coach Swinney, that would be a difficult situation," he said. "Georgia would be the front runner. They are number two right now. I'm going to try to make it to Georgia as soon as possible." Jay has been to Clemson for all the home games and he will be back when the Tigers host Duke in two weeks.