Friday, July 19, 2013
Georgia visit key for five-star DT
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- On Saturday the Georgia Bulldogs’ coaching staff will see if it can continue its impressive streak of recent recruiting wins when five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) makes the five-hour drive to Athens with his mother. The nation’s No. 12 overall prospect wants to make a decision soon and Gaillard’s visit could seal the deal for Georgia.
“I am coming down with my mom and my family,” Gaillard said. “I want her to see it and see if she likes it.”
When asked what his mother’s approval of Georgia would mean in regards to his recruitment, Gaillard responded quickly.
“Then that might be my school,” Gaillard said.
Gaillard visited in May of this year with Bill Sochovka. A commitment to Georgia would not surprise the Pine Forest high school head coach.
“When we left Georgia that day there was a little gas station we stopped on the outskirts of town, and I think he had a good idea already where he wanted to go at that point,” Sochovka said.
When Gaillard originally planned to return to Athens on July 6, the plan was to visit Clemson and South Carolina as well. That is no longer the case.
“We are not going to Clemson,” Gaillard said. “We are only going to Georgia.”
Sochovka and Gaillard had talked about the Palmetto State schools as an option, but not a primary one.
“I say the reason why Clemson and South Carolina were one of the ones we had talked about for geographic reasons, just to kind of get a perception of looking at something different than Georgia and always having a backup plan if something falls through,” Sochovka said.