"We've been really fortunate that most of ours have gone ahead and committed early so we've not had to deal with that a whole lot," Quarles(Guillermo's head coach) said. "I know last spring was really hectic with having (North Carolina quarterback commitment) Patton (Robinette) being recruited by just tons of schools coming through here. It was great but it was a little bit of a pain.
"(Guillermo has) done all of us a favor by going ahead and committing. With Jay, there was never a doubt. He wanted to commit the first day they offered. We talked him into holding off just a little bit because we were thinking some of these other guys needed to get some looks. It worked out for them to. All those schools came in anyway. Jay is Clemson through and through."
That's evident by his mode of transportation, a half orange/half white pick-up truck with Clemson bumper stickers adorning the bumper and tailgate.
Guillermo, however, hasn't been too focused on college to limit his production at Maryville. That's been evident by his play on the field. In his second season at Maryville after moving from North Carolina, Guillermo has continued to blossom.
"So much further along this year than he was last year," Quarles said of the nation's 88th best prospect. "Most of that's just from understanding what we as Maryville High School coaches want out of our center. He came from a different offense. He's really caught on to the way we want it done.
"He's so much more explosive this year than he was last year and I think part of that is he isn't having to think nearly as much. He just goes out and plays. It's always pretty comforting knowing you're pretty solid at center. We've not had (center-quarterback) exchange problems or any of that stuff. That starts with Jay. Jay has taken pride in that."