- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Offensive lineman Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./MLK) had plans to visit Clemson on Saturday, so he made the trip Friday up to Athens with a few teammates to get a more personal junior day experience. After spending the afternoon on the University of Georgia campus, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Outlaw spoke glowingly of where the Bulldogs stand in his recruitment.
“The visit was amazing,” Outlaw said. “Georgia put itself in a great position for me right now. I am definitely heavy on Georgia right now and I will be back for a spring practice.”
The highlight of the trip is one that has become a staple of visits to Georgia over the last few years.
“The cafeteria food definitely exceeded my expectations,” Outlaw said. “I definitely left Athens a believer; the Philly steak and chicken wings were great. “
Being one of only a few prospects on campus gave Outlaw the chance to develop his relationship with his recruiter of record, his position coach and the Bulldogs’ head coach.
“I enjoyed the time I spent with coach [Mark] Richt and coach [Will] Friend,” Outlaw said. “Coach Friend is a great guy that likes what I could bring to Georgia. My recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner is also very upfront and we had a great time together.”
One thing that really stood out to Outlaw was how sincere Richt was during their talks on Friday.
“Coach Richt is a great guy and you can tell he is 100 percent honest and upfront,” Outlaw said. “I really feel that Coach Richt is more genuine than others when I talk to him. I definitely appreciate his honesty.”
With 20 offers to date, Outlaw has quickly become one of the most coveted offensive linemen in the Southeast. With so many options to choose from, his decision has been made even more difficult, making each campus visit vital to each program’s chances of landing the talented Peach State prospect. With Georgia likely looking to add several offensive linemen in the 2013 class, today provided the Bulldogs with a chance to impress Outlaw, while also selling him on early playing time.
“I wanted to get a good feel for the staff, campus and life in Athens, and also see how I could apply my talent if I were to choose Georgia,” Outlaw said. “Looking at the depth chart they are very low on linemen, so I just wanted to see where they wanted me to play. They said they see me as more of a tackle, but they felt they could get me on the field anywhere because he wants me to get the best five linemen on the field.”
With several other visits planned over the next month, Outlaw plans to try and have a top three or top five soon.