Georgia takes early lead

It was a big day at the University of Georgia this past Saturday. One of th top ends in the South was in Athens and he left naming UGA as his leader.

"It was my first time in Athens and I really liked it," said Morant. "We (Dexter Morant and teammate Johnovan Fulton - teammates at Manning) got there a little early, so Coach [Jon] Fabris gave us a little pre-tour before Junior Day started. We went into his office and talked for a bit, we went over to the Ramsey Center, we saw all the UGA trophies, we saw the Georgia Hall of Fame, and then he took us back to where the other recruits were."

"That is when all of the coaches came in and introduced themselves to us. They talked to us about Georgia, the sports there, the academics, and things like that. After that, we got to see the dorms, the facilities, the stadium, and tour the campus. It was all nice."

At some point during the tour, the recruits broke for lunch. That is when the 6-foot-7, 230 pound defensive end got to meet one on one with Coach Fabris.

"Coach Fabris was already ready to coach me when talking to me duing the visit. He talked to me about technique, how to use my hands better, and things like that. He wants me to come to camp this summer so he can work with me and I probably will be there. He seems like a good coach and a humble person. He was all about coaching and that was straight."

Also during the visit, Morant met with UGA Head Coach Mark Richt. That meant a lot to the big time junior

"It made me feel good that Coach Richt wanted to talk to me. It showed me that he and Georgia really want me. He talked to me about Georgia being a good school, he said he thought Georgia would be a good place for me, and I was just honored that he talked to me. He wants me to visit again and I will."

Overall, after spending over seven hours in Athens, Morant liked what he saw. He toured the campus, got a feel for the coaches, and he now has Georgia high on his list.

"Right now Georgia is number one for me," stated the Palmetto State end. "It is my only real visit, so I will keep visiting other schools, but they are on top right now."

"Athens is a good area, they have a good campus, and I was very impressed with everything there. I really liked everything I saw."

When asked what stood out to him the most about UGA, one thing immediately came to mind.

"Academics is number one at Georgia and football is number two. The football team has a 2.8 GPA, which is good and Georgia really helps their players stay focused on academics. I was really surprised by the focus on that, but that is a good thing."

The Dawgs have grabbed the early lead, but there is a long way to go for this star out of Manning. Along with Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, N.C. State, and Florida have offered Morant a scholarship.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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