Memphis gets George

Claude George

Acadiana (Scott, La.) senior outside linebacker Claude George pledged his services to the University of Memphis, which is building a nice pipeline to George's school...

Claude George picked Memphis prior to taking an official visit with the Tigers.

"I committed the weekend before I visited," said George, who returned from his official on Sunday.

He was taken by the facilities at Memphis, which has two Acadiana alums on the current roster.

"I loved the locker room and the field at the stadium," George said. "The campus is beautiful. Coach (Galen) Scott and the rest of the staff are good guys. Coach Scott is a great guy that is very outgoing and passionate about football.

"Darius Ridgeway and Bakari Hollier from Acadiana are both at Memphis. Darius hosted me. Both of them love Memphis. They took me to a couple of great restaurants. I had very good barbeque."

The Memphis staff has big plans for George, who was named to the Class 5A first-team all-state squad at the conclusion of his senior season.

"I can come in and compete for playing time," George said. "They recruited me for the 'dog linebacker' position, which was held by (outgoing senior) Akeem Davis."

George stressed the importance of getting his degree.

"I will make sure to focus on my education," he said. "I'm going to major in economics."

Southern Miss was the biggest threat to Memphis, according to George, who played both defensive end and outside linebacker under head coach Ted Davidson at Acadiana.

He plans to pack on some muscle in the coming months.

"I weigh 215," George said. "The coaches want me to gain 20 pounds."

He recorded 85 tackles with nine sacks in 2012. As a sophomore, George started on an Acadiana state championship team that included Hollier and Ridgeway.

Any message for Memphis fans?

"Go Tigers!" George said.

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