Slaughter weighing his options

It may be the middle of the college evaluation period, but not too many coaches have been able to evaluate Tucker (Ga.) cornerback Jamoris Slaughter. Slaughter doesn't start spring practice until later this week, but that hasn't kept some of the top coaches in the nation from paying him a visit.

Just in the last week alone, Florida's Urban Meyer, Notre Dame's Charlie Weis and Georgia's Mark Richt have all stopped by Jamoris Slaughter's school. Not to mention, coaches from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Marshall have all checked in on the four-star, 6-1, 170-pound corner.

And with practice getting started this week, Slaughter expects the list to grow even more.

"There will be a lot of schools out here this week and next week," Slaughter said.

Slaughter has a huge list of offers from most schools in the Southeast plus Notre Dame and Oklahoma who was the latest to offer a few weeks ago. But Slaughter said the bulk of the attention is coming from two schools.

"Notre Dame and Georgia are coming at me hard, but Florida is not," Slaughter said. "I've talked to more coaches from Notre Dame and Georgia than anyone else. Coach Weis has said they've never landed anyone out of Georgia, so they want me to be the first."

Slaughter took a trip to South Bend for Notre Dame's spring football game and plans to take more visits this summer.

"I've visited Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn and Vanderbilt," he said. "I like Notre Dame and Georgia a lot. I like other schools like Florida, LSU and Michigan. I'm going to try and visit them this summer."

Growing up so close to Athens, one would expect Georgia to be the emotional front-runner for Slaughter, but he said that's not the case.

"Everyone around here likes Georgia, so I did also growing up," Slaughter said. "But I'm tying to get out of the state of Georgia. I've been in Georgia all my life and I want to see something different."

Still, he will give the Bulldogs a serious look.

"Coach Richt just wants me to go wherever is best for me," Slaughter said. "He just asked that I give them good consideration."

With a 3.0 GPA and an interest in majoring in engineering, Slaughter said academics will be the determining factor for him.

"I'm looking at the graduation requirements and what kind of career opportunities there are after graduation besides football," he said. "Notre Dame's graduation rate is like 96 percent. I'm thinking about them strong."

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