Defensive back Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) grew up a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs. When he left Athens on Saturday after visiting for a junior day, he received an offer from head coach Mark Richt.
“I just got it a few minutes ago,” Glass told DawgNation after he left the practice facility. “I am very excited.”
Although the plans were for Richt to give Glass the news, a few assistant coaches could not resist giving the student-athlete a head's up.
“Coach [Todd] Grantham sat with me, Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Kevin Crosby (Bamberg, S.C./ Bamberg) and he had been talking to me the whole time. He said, ‘Yeah we are going to offer you but still act surprised when Coach Richt tells you. We don’t want to blow the mood.’ And then Coach [Rodney] Garner told me, too,” Glass said.
Even though Glass entered the room with the knowledge he had an offer, when Richt discussed how successful Glass could be in the SEC and that Richt wanted that success to occur at the University of Georgia, Glass admitted no feigned surprise was necessary.
“It turned out good, though,” Glass said. “They said they don’t offer many sophomores but they think I will fit into their system well and that I can get acclimated to the system, so we are going to pull the trigger and we want to offer you. Coach Richt showed me the depth chart and it should be empty by the time I get there. But Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) will be there. So that is something I want to look at in detail.”
Georgia joins a long list of schools to offer the 2014 standout.
“Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Virginia have offered,” Glass said.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound defensive back isn’t sure what took the Bulldogs so long to join the list, but he does understand how few offers are out for the 2014 class in general.
“They were mostly just waiting, so I don’t know,” Glass said. “They said they don’t really offer sophomores. But I was excited when I got it, real excited.”
This offer stands out compared to some of the others since Glass is so familiar with the Bulldogs.
“I grew up a Georgia fan so this is a huge offer for me,” Glass said. “Everybody in my family and everyone around me were just huge Bulldog fans so that is mostly what I grew up listening to -- everyone talking about Georgia and everybody was wearing Georgia apparel. I don’t really have a list of my top schools yet but this is a big momentum booster”
Glass is very active on Twitter and spends a lot of time talking and tweeting with several Georgia 2013 commits. He also spends time with them in real life.
“I think the overall camaraderie of all the recruits and the guys on the team is real strong,” Glass said. “Even when Shaq and I were at practice, all the players welcomed us with open arms.”