LeCounte's Seat was "Shaking"

2017 safety Richard LeCounte could feel his seat shaking as he watched Georgia defeat Auburn 34-7 on Saturday night.

Richard LeCounte, a four-star safety prospect out of Hinesville, Ga., took a visit to Athens to watch the Bulldogs take on the Tigers over the weekend in an SEC showdown. In a matchup that had no shortage of buildup, LeCounte was present when Georgia tailback Todd Gurley took the field for the first time since his suspension. The first time Gurley touched the ball he took a kickoff out of the end zone for a touchdown, which was quickly taken away due to a holding penalty. Regardless of the play’s outcome, LeCounte witnessed an atmosphere that Sanford Stadium hasn’t held since Zach Mettenberger and the LSU Tigers fell to Georgia last season.

“The bottom of my seat was shaking,” LeCounte said. “When Gurley ran that back the first time, but they called it back. When he was running it was crazy. The atmosphere was crazy. You can’t remake that.”

Outside of Georgia, the Liberty County High sophomore has offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and South Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 171-pound safety prospect will have plenty of times to hear loud stadiums in the coming years, but he’s been to one of the noisiest already, and Georgia’s Sanford Stadium is right up there with it.

“It was crazy,” LeCounte said. “I’ve been to the Iron Bowl and that’s like the second-ranked game that I’ve been to besides the Iron Bowl game.”

During his visit, LeCounte had a chance to speak with Mark Richt, Tracy Rocker, Tony Ball, Mike Bobo and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. On a busy weekend for Georgia’s head coach, Richt made time to speak with this 2017 prospect.

“He just (said) that I could be a changer if I commit there (and) me coming to play with him could be a good thing if I take advantage of it,” LeCounte said. “I just need to do what I need to do in school so I could probably be able to graduate early and sign.”

LeCounte said that while Georgia is primarily looking for him to play free safety, he would have the option of evaluating some other positions if he chose to attend the University.

While LeCounte enjoyed his visit to Athens, the sophomore safety isn’t likely to make any decisions anytime soon.

“I really don’t have a leader at this time, but it’s still exciting to have my hometown state and a school I grew up watching offering me and me having a chance to play there,” LeCounte said.

In the meantime, LeCounte talks to Coach Ball nearly every other week.

“I call him and what not and just catch up with him and make sure everything’s good,” LeCounte said. “It’s just conversation. Not really talking about football, but just life period.”

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