- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
Since the Bulldogs only signed 19 players last Wednesday and then dismissed three players a few days later, Georgia could really use some help filling out its remaining open scholarship positions. Of particular need are the defensive secondary and the receiving corps. With that in mind the Georgia coaches are looking around, and they have identified one potential target in running back and wide receiver Mario Alford (Greenville, Ga./Georgia Military College).
GMC assistant coach Joe Windon told DawgNation that the Georgia coaches “made contact with him and they are starting the process.”
“They are talking to me,” Alford said. “They told me they are interested in me. They are going to my spring game and we are going to go from there. I like Georgia. Two of my boys out of high school signed with them, Kenarious Gates and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, so I am real interested.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound returner is known for his speed, with his last time in the 40-yard dash being a blistering 4.34 seconds. That alone has several schools keeping tabs on Alford.
“I am hearing from Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, East Carolina and some others,” Alford said. “I am just waiting for Georgia to say, ‘We are going to offer.’ That is all I am waiting on.”
If that call comes, expect Alford to waste little time making his decision.
“I am going to take it on the spot,” Alford said.
Since Georgia lost one receiver last week with the dismissal of Sanford Seay, and signed only one new receiver in Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), the speedy Alford could help add depth.
“The Georgia coaches like me as a punt returner and a slot receiver. They also like me returning kickoffs,” Alford said. “Some of the other schools, like Georgia Southern, they like me as a cornerback. Georgia wants me as a receiver and a return specialist.”
That might change. Rob Fowler, one of Alford’s high school coaches, has been in touch with the Georgia staff and thinks the Bulldogs could look at the juco receiver on defense as well.
“Coach [John] Lilly said he was turning Alford over to the defensive staff to let them evaluate him,” Fowler said.
A full qualifier who graduated from Greenville in 2011, Alford could immediately transfer to any FBS program and have three years of eligibility. He had 33 carries for 226 yards and four touchdowns as well as 10 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown this past season.
Since the Bulldogs only signed 19 players last Wednesday and then dismissed three players a few days later, Georgia could really use some help filling out its remaining open scholarship positions.