Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UGA offer an honor for Watch List OT
By Radi Nabulsi
The Georgia coaching staff might have missed on signing an ESPN 150 offensive tackle in the Class of 2013, but instead of lamenting what could have been, offensive line coach Will Friend is aggressively searching for his next top target.
In the last 24 hours, Friend has extended three offers to talented juniors in the Southeast.
On Monday, both Nolan Kelleher (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) and Jordan Sims (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) called Friend for the first time, and both received the surprise of an offer from the Bulldogs on the spot.
Tuesday morning, Friend took a new approach when he received a call from ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic).
“It was a conference call with Mark Richt, Will Friend and Bryan McClendon, my recruiter,” Martinez said. “I got a Georgia offer.”
Friend brought in the head coach and the Bulldogs' ace recruiter to impress the 6-foot-4, 291-pound junior, who already has offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, NC State, Boston College, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, UCF and West Virginia.
“I am very, very honored to have to chance to play at an SEC school like Georgia.” Martinez said.
In the past, Georgia has had some bad luck in recruiting offensive tackles out of the Sunshine State. Avery Young and Laremy Tunsil both disappointed the Bulldogs by choosing SEC rivals on the last two signing days. Brent Benedict signed with Georgia but transferred before he ever played a down. John Theus on the other hand started every game for the Bulldogs at right tackle as a freshman.