On The Drive Home

ATHENS – John Theus and his father usually talk on the way back from recruiting trips.

They've had many chances to talk on the drive back from Athens.

"I think I been there more than seven times," Theus said.

This time the five-star offensive tackle and his father took in a visit to Georgia to get to know new offensive line coach Will Friend a little more. Theus had met Friend before this visit, but he figured that going to visit once more wouldn't hurt.

"It all went well," Theus said. "I didn't know much of Coach Friend and I'd not heard much about him before he got to Georgia."

Theus, who's older brother Nathan signed with the Bulldogs in February, said that he was surprised to find out that former offensive line coach Stacy Searles had left Georgia for another job. He added that he had to think hard about if the situation at Georgia was right for him with Searles' departure.

"I had a high opinion of Coach Searles," Theus said. "We found (that he'd left) the day of or the day after. It was a surprise. I think I had to reevaluate everything then."

That's why Theus wanted to spend time with Friend. Georgia had been a place he'd visited numerous times – his brother had signed there… but he wanted to know, and still wants to know if Georgia and Friend are right for him.

"We've always said that we will both make our own decisions. It is a plus for them having Nathan," the younger Theus admitted.

"I spoke with folks about Coach Friend who knew him, and they had good things to say about him," Theus said. "It really seems like he fit into Georgia really well. He and the rest of the coaches seem to really get along well. They didn't miss a beat."

As for Theus, the trip to Georgia was a good one. He got to see Friend coach the offensive line and spend time with the new coach as well as head coach Mark Richt. Theus is considered a very highly-ranked prospect by Scout.com; one the Bulldogs have been eager to court for more than a year.

But, like the rest of the schools recruiting Theus, the Bulldogs will have to wait to find out where he's headed to school for a while.

"I am not rushing to make a decision," he said.

Sounds like a few more conversations with dad in the car.


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