Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Georgia offer impresses Carolina DE
By Corey Dowlar
Kentavious Street (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose) might not play in the state of Georgia, but he remembers where he came from.
The defensive end's stock is rising quickly among his peers in the junior class. He already has offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
And on Tuesday, he added one from Georgia.
"I am very excited about it," he said. "I like the fact that I might have the chance to represent my home state. It is unreal. It is a dream come true."
In recognition of the SEC's toughness, it was Georgia's offense, not the defense, that caught his attention. Of course, he understands how one side of the ball plays into the other.
"I really just love how they run the ball," Street said. "I am a big fan of ground and pound."
The Bulldogs offer moved the SEC East champions right up near the top nearly by default. There is potential, obviously, to move up if a relationship is strengthened.
"It really put them in front of my top colleges," he said. "It puts them at No. 2 as one of my favorite programs."
Florida State, Street's public leader for now, holds the top spot.
The Seminoles' tradition and success when Street was growing up caught his eye. And having watched them for years allowed for a fondness to develop.
"I just grew up rooting for them," he said. "It has just always been a childhood dream to play for them."
The Seminoles' new assistant coach, Billy Napier, is also a big reason for their lead. His ability to level with Street is a big reason for it.
"He is just a great person," said Street. "I can just really relate to him. He reminds me of a coach I had and I can just relate with him on so many levels. I just don't have that with any other coaches."