Dawgs lead for 2012 athlete

Georgia has already offered this 2012 athlete out of Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. He had interest in the Bulldogs before and after spending time in Athens last week, he has them on top of his list.

"Georgia is like a big family and I am looking for something like that," said Artimas Samuel. "Their coaches are good people, they are close to their players, and they made me feel very comfortable over there. I am looking to play in an environment like that and that is a big reason why Georgia is on top of my list."

The 6-foot-3, 210 pound athlete played some offense and defense a year ago for Dell McGee at Carver, but he will be focusing on just the offensive side of the ball in 2010.

He played tight end and wide receiver at Georgia's 7on7 tournament and he thinks he showed the UGA staff what he could do.

"We made it to the elite eight before Collins Hill (Friday's tournament champ) knocked us out. We struggled in the morning, but we got it going and won five straight before losing to Collins Hill."

"I scored eight touchdowns on the day and I got a lot of attention from Coach [John] Lilly, Coach [Bryan] McClendon, Coach [Tony] Ball, and Coach [Mark] Richt. Coach Lilly and Coach McClendon talked to me the most and we just got to know each other better. They said they like how I play and that they will be back to see me at Carver in the fall."

Auburn, Clemson, and South Carolina along with Georgia are the schools that have offered Samuel, but more will come later this fall.

Schools are chasing the Bulldogs at this time.

"I had a great feeling over there and I really would like to go to Georgia," he said. "Everything was nice, I fit in good there, and I just felt very comfortable."

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