National Signing Day 2011: Jay Rome Picks Georgia Football Over Alabama

Will BrownContributor IJanuary 20, 2011

Georgia’s recruiting class has definitely taken a turn for the better, as one of the nation’s top tight ends, Jay Rome, announced that he will be staying in-state and playing for the Georgia Bulldogs for his college career, choosing them over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Rome has been blessed with great physical talents that include a 6’6”, 240-pound frame (according to, and good speed. Most scouts think that he needs to work on his upper body strength and blocking, but there is little doubt among most that he will be a great player at the college level.

Rome becomes Mark Richt’s 20th commitment in the class of 2011 and he may even see some playing time this season. Georgia does bring back Orlson Charles, Aron White, Bruce Figgins and Arthur Lynch, so it is not a necessity that he plays in the fall. It would do Rome some good to redshirt and work on his strength and to get used to the system.

But that’s not what is on Rome’s mind right now, as he is instead focusing on bringing in a few more players from the state of Georgia to play with him in Athens.

"[Isaiah Crowell (Columbus, Ga./Carver), Ray Drew (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central)]...come to Georgia. We can have this dream team together and do something special," said Rome during his ESPNU’s Recruiting Insider earlier today.

Rome can only make himself more popular by helping the Georgia coaching staff land these highly sought-after recruits.

Even if he doesn’t succeed, Rome gives Georgia a great playmaker in the future for Aaron Murray and fellow 2011 commit Christian LeMay. Rome will get his chance to play when fall practice starts and you can expect the coaching staff to be giving him a very close eye to see how he picks things up as well as to see if he is deserving of playing this year over some of the others at this position.