December 11, 2011

Young favors two?



Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) offensive tackle Avery Young had certain expectations going into his official visit to Georgia.

As the Bulldogs' top remaining target on the offensive line, UGA was bound to send a great deal of love Young's way.

What he didn't expect was a force known as Ray Drew.

Drew was one of Georgia's most valuable members and recruiters in the 2011 "Dream Team" class, and it appears that his recruiting days aren't over.

"Man, I had a great host, Ray Drew. He's one of a kind.," he said. "You would never know that he's a football player. He's just a normal guy that loves to keep people laughing. He was the highlight of the visit really. It was great hanging with him. He hit me up with some country music too. He knew like every word to every song. It was awesome. He was just a great host."

The Rivals100 star has been getting countless calls and visits from schools throughout the process, but this was his first time visiting the Classic City.

According to Young, Athens did a great job of selling itself.

"It was a great place really," said Young. "It was everything I expected to be. Everyone was really nice and they get along really well."

The Sunshine State lineman also got a chance to learn about where he would fit in with Georgia's plans for the future.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach (Will) Friend and Coach (Mike) Bobo, and they just let me know that if I come in and get my work done, that I'll be able to see the field right away," said Young. "That's not a huge thing for me, but I don't want to go to a school and wait three years to play either. It's nice to know I could go and have a chance early."

While spending time with coaches was a huge plus for Young, he learned more about the coaches from the Football Gala than anything else.

"The banquet was nice, man," he said. "It gave me a chance to see how well the coaches treat their players, and you could feel what it would be like to be at Georgia."

Fans of any school always want to know how a visit helped or hurt their team's chance with a recruit, and Young had a clear answer for UGA fans.

"Oh the visit definitely helped Georgia," he said. "It helped them out a lot. Getting a chance to see Athens and hang with Big Ray (Drew) was really good, and I enjoyed it a lot."

Most of the buzz around Young has been that Florida holds the clear edge for his services, and he named them as a member of his top three before his visit to Athens.

While Florida is not out of the running for the 60th ranked player in the nation by Rivals.com, Young made it clear that only two schools will definitely go the distance for his signature.

"Right now I would have to say that Georgia and Auburn are the two that I know will be there in the end," he said. "It is pretty much down to those two."

Young is eligible to take one more official visit, but has no plans of visiting any school in particular at this time.

When it comes to making a decision, the blue chip lineman is now a bit uncertain about that as well.

"I'll lay down tonight and sleep on this visit and see what I think tomorrow," he said. "But I'll most likely still wait until signing day."

Most, if not all, recruits have areas in which they need to grow to be successful at the next level.

If nothing else, Young's visit Athens helped him in on of those areas.

"Man, I need to put on some weight and I bet I added at least six pounds in Athens," said Young. "I'd bet I weight 292 right now."

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