Monday, March 11, 2013
Schools still after Dawgs commitment
By Kipp Adams
SUWANEE, Ga. -- ESPN Watch List prospect Nick Glass (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) has been committed to the University of Georgia for almost a year now, yet schools from coast to coast are hot on the Bulldogs’ heels trying to reel in the 6-foot-2, 203-pound safety.
Glass, who says he is taking extra classes starting March 18 and then two other classes this summer to be on track to graduate early, visited Alabama and UCLA last. Glass says his trips to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Los Angeles went very well.
Nick Glass maintains that his Georgia commitment is solid, though that hasn't stopped schools from trying to get him to flip.
“The Alabama visit was good and they welcomed me with open arms,” Glass said. “Coach (Kirby) Smart made sure to remind me that I had an offer. I liked everything about UCLA because I was born in a big city, so it was good to experience that again.”
According to Glass, five schools -- Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and UCLA -- are making the biggest push for him to switch his commitment at the moment. He touched on what he saw in each program.
LSU: "LSU is a program that is always on the up and up. They put players in the league constantly."
Tennessee: "I always kind of liked Tennessee and my favorite recruiter is there now in Coach [Tommy] Thigpen, and he has been recruiting me pretty hard since he got there."
Arkansas: "What is there not to like about Arkansas? Their staff came from Wisconsin and they won multiple Big Ten Championships with limited talent."
UCLA: "I like the networking opportunities after college at UCLA. Once you get out of college and stop playing football you can get a job living there -- everyone knows who you are."
Ole Miss: "I am getting recruited by all of their coaches. I talk to Hugh Freeze once or twice every week and that means a lot. Coach Jason Jones talked to me about an hour after his hiring papers were filed at Ole Miss."
As it stands, Glass remains steadfast in his pledge to the in-state Bulldogs.
“I am 100-percent committed I love all of the coaches at Georgia and I just think there is a great opportunity for me -- especially since they have my major and have like the No. 2 Business school in the country,” Glass said. “I want to go into business and real estate and they would put me where I need to be after college.”
The coaching staff in Athens, Ga., has kept in touch with Glass, even after a coaching change, and their message to him is to be prepared to compete at safety.
“I speak to the coaches at Georgia every day and Coach [Bryan] McClendon started recruiting me since Coach [Rodney] Garner left for Auburn,” Glass said. “I think McClendon is doing a good job with that and even though they had like five safety commitments, no one has stepped up really at the strong safety position just yet. They also said some of them might grow into linebackers eventually. I think I have a huge opportunity at Georgia, so I just have to focus and keep working.”
Like EPSN 150 safety signee Tray Matthews and ESPN 150 cornerback signee Shaq Wiggins in the 2013 recruiting cycle, Glass is working on other targets in his class to join him at Georgia.
“One thing I learned from guys like Tray and Shaq is to be solid with your decision and just focus on getting physically and mentally prepared for college,” Glass said. “I hope to bring in Bryson Allen-Williams, Elisha Shaw, Raekwon McMillan and Kalavaraz Bessent to come with me to Georgia because Athens, Ga., is the best college town in the country. I do not understand how anyone can say no to UGA.”