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Friday, February 1, 2013
OT Mason Cole adds another big offer

By Corey Dowlar and Radi Nabulsi

ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Mason Cole's (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) recruiting tour added another stop on Friday. And much like the others, it was a productive one.

This time, Georgia became the latest to offer him, but he wasn't alone, either. Teammates Artavis Scott and George Campbell all found out they were getting scholarship offers at the same time.

"Coach [Mark] Richt just told all of us we were special players and they need us here," said Cole.

Boasting 40 offers between them, the trio is certainly special.

“It was a big offer, especially coming from a coach like him,” said Campbell, a 6-foot-3, 177-pound sophomore. “Just as we were talking today he has 11 players that are going in the draft and I mean that is big. And he is an SEC coach.”

While in Athens, Cole and his teammates got a chance to see several different sides of the university. From the athletic facilities to classrooms, each had their own appeal.

And Cole liked all of them.

"Just everything, really," he said. "The people are nice. And the buildings, they are all big and clean and just nice."

The who's who of college football are already on the 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman. Just about a week ago, Alabama offered, joining Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, USC and West Virginia.

The Bulldogs, Cole said, definitely stick out and are not just another offer to his name.

"Without a doubt," he said. "I love the school. I love the area and I love the coaches."

Cole's trip continues on Saturday, as he will check out what Clemson has to offer on yet another unofficial visit. Perhaps he might add another offer then, too.

Campbell agreed the Georgia offer will give him something to think about.

“I mean distance will not be a factor in making my decision. I think that it would be something cool to get out of Florida,” Campbell said. “... We are trying to make it back to Georgia for the spring game and maybe like a camp or something.”