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Monday, May 6, 2013
ESPN 150 ATH drops in on Georgia

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, Ga. -– ESPN 150 athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) visited Georgia on Friday, talking with the coaches and trying to avoid the rain as he was shown around campus. The gloomy weather didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for the Bulldogs’ program, as Georgia gave him the red-carpet treatment.

“I loved the coaching staff, the facilities -- I loved it all,” Parrish said. “I’d give it a 10. I came up Friday and went back Friday night. It was raining but it wasn’t pouring down. I got a chance to go to the cafeteria, see inside some of the dorms, go to the football area and weight room. I talked to a lady in academics. We just had a good time. We didn’t stress football, but we did talk football some.”

When Parrish says we he is referring to “the whole coaching staff” as well since the Bulldogs’ coaches tried to impress on Parrish how much he was wanted.

“We didn’t really talk about me being up there,” Parrish said. “They just showed me around. We laughed. We ate together. Then, about 10 minutes after the tour was over, we talked a little football but not too much. I did have great time. It was an honor that they showed me what they showed me. It just made me feel welcome. It made me feel like I was home.”

Before his visit to Athens, Parrish had taken in Georgia Tech and named the Yellow Jackets as his leader. When he left Georgia on Friday, his leader board had changed.

“I am back at square one,” Parrish said. “I think I should take it a little slower after this visit. I think I was moving a little too fast. But now that I know what I have seen and what I like and how great the facilities were at Georgia, I should slow down a little more and hopefully before the season starts I will commit somewhere.”

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior says that he is down to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and South Carolina.

“I don’t think I am going [to visit] anywhere else,” Parrish said. “I might go visit South Carolina, but that is about all. They are all equal right now.”

The nation’s No. 8 athlete and No. 70 overall prospect plays quarterback at Brooks County High School, but the Bulldogs are recruiting him as a cornerback.

“I want to play cornerback in college,” Parrish said.

Parrish starts spring practice on Monday and expects a lot of visitors to be on the sidelines.

“If I can sum it up easily,” Parrish said. “I would say, basically, everyone.”