J.P. Vonashek (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) came into Athens with two offers and left with three, as head coach Mark Richt extended the offensive lineman an opportunity Monday afternoon to play for the Bulldogs.
“Coach Richt had us up in his office and he sat down with me and my older brother and my brother-in-law,” Vonashek said. “He asked me, ‘Did Coach [Tony] Ball ask you if you want to be a Bulldog?’ I said no. Then he said, ‘Well, I am offering you a scholarship to come play at the University of Georgia.’ ”
For Vonashek, whose teammate J.J. Green committed to the Bulldogs just hours before, the offer was well received.
“I always wanted to be a Bulldog my whole life,” Vonashek said. “I grew up watching them play. I didn’t want to seem too excited but it was really hard to hold it back. Growing up in this state it is either Georgia or Georgia Tech, and I am not too much of a Tech fan.”
The 6-foot-6, 277-pound lineman also has offers from North Carolina and Miami. He thinks more could be on the way.
“I would like to think I was always good enough but I just now got my name out there at my previous school,” Vonashek said. “I can’t put my finger on what was the cause for that. The move to Camden County was a career-changing move for me. The Georgia offer will open things up for me.”
It looks as though Vonashek might not wait to see what else develops.
“I would say Georgia is going to be a front-runner,” Vonashek said. “I talked to my parents about it and we are thinking about giving them a possible commitment here in a little bit.”