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Monday, March 11, 2013
Sawyer gives top three, possible leader

By Kipp Adams

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Two weeks ago, Watch List Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) took a trip up to Kentucky to meet with the Wildcats’ coaching staff. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end has over 20 offers to date, and it looks like new head coach Mark Stoops and his staff have done what they need to pique Sawyer’s interests so far.

“I am really feeling the Wildcats right now so it was a good decision to go up there to visit,” Sawyer said.

Sawyer says for the most part he considers all of the schools that have offered to be on equal ground, but then admitted that three programs stand out at the moment, with one school possibly in the lead.

“Kentucky, Alabama and UGA are my top three, with Tennessee coming strong,” Sawyer said.

For the nearby Bulldogs, location has helped the in-state school get in his top group.

“I have been a Georgia boy all my life and my teammate DeVondre Seymour is going there, so that is a strong possibility,” Sawyer said.

The Wildcats have 23 players on its roster from Georgia, so the attempt by the new coaches at Kentucky to reel in talent from the Peach State is not a new one. According to Sawyer, their approach with him is the right one.

“Kentucky is showing me a lot of love right now, and I like their facilities and what they are about to do,” Sawyer said. “They write me every day, I stay in contact with them daily and they are doing everything they can to try and get me. They are recruiting me more aggressively than anyone right now.”

If Georgia, Kentucky or any other school is going to sign Sawyer, they might have to beat out the back-to-back defending National Champions.

“I am always going to love Alabama,” Sawyer said. “I feel like Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a second home to me and me and Coach (Kirby) Smart are really cool. They might be the team to beat right now.”

Plans are in place for Sawyer to visit Tennessee next week, with a possible trip to Florida soon. As for a decision date, that is still very much up in the air.

“I am debating on making my decision before my senior season or during the Army All-American Bowl game,” Sawyer said.