Friday, April 5, 2013
Auburn lands commit from familiar place
By Kipp Adams
When it comes to recruiting the tight end position, Auburn knows where to look. The Tigers recently graduated All-SEC second-team selection Philip Lutzenkirchen out of Lassiter (Ga.) High School, and have two other tight ends from the Peach State, Ricky Parks and C.J. Uzomah, on the team right now. The state of Georgia has been good to to Auburn, and its success at the position looks to continue with its third commitment for the 2014 class.
Chris Laye (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) decided he was ready to end his recruitment Friday evening. So he called Scott Fountain, Auburn's first-year tight ends coach, to tell him he was ready to play for him.
"I visited about a month ago and it felt like home," Laye said. "The picture became clear and I really started to fall in love with the school. The campus, coaches, academics -- it has everything I want in a college. I felt there was really no reason for me to wait. I told pretty much the entire staff I was committing to Auburn and they were really excited, jumping up and down and yelling."
The success Auburn has had with Georgia tight ends did not go unnoticed by the 6-foot-5, 240-pound rising senior who also had offers from Boston College, Louisville, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
"I spent some time with C.J. (Uzomah) and he is a great player with very strong character," Laye said. "They have three tight ends from Georgia and they have consistently used them over the past few years, so with my versatility I felt it was a great fit."
Other schools were showing interest, but Laye says they need not bother.
"I am done with the recruiting process and I am giving my full attention to Auburn," Laye said. "I am really proud to be a part of the War Eagle family and it feels fantastic to be 100 percent committed to Auburn being my new home."