The 6-foot, 200 pound sophomore out of Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry was at Georgia for a couple of games last season and the Dawgs have been showing some interest, but he wasn't expecting the news he received from Mark Richt at the early stages of his visit.
"I had a feeling Georgia might offer me, but I really wasn't sure," said Sermon. "I could say it surprised me a little. It is an offer that means a lot to me because I was hoping from an offer from Georgia.
"I have been there a few times, I like the feeling there, and it felt great to hear Coach Richt tell me I have an offer."
After getting the news from Richt, Sermon toured the campus and watched the Dawgs practice. He was impressed by the tempo Georgia practiced at Thursday and he watched new running back coach Thomas Brown put his players through drills.
Now Sermon has an offer, he has visiting UGA three times, and he has the in-state Bulldogs high on his list.
"Georgia is up there and I would say Georgia and South Carolina are my top schools," said Sermon. "I have visited both schools, I have offers from both, and they are my top two."
Other than the atmosphere on game-day and the fact that Georgia is a close very close to home, the way the UGA coaches treat Sermon really stands out to him. "They treat me like family. When I was talking to the coaches and the players Thursday, they treated me like I am already part of the family.
"Georgia did a really good job of doing all they could to make me feel comfortable there and that meant a lot to me."
The Dawgs were the fourth school to offer Sermon. South Carolina offered first, then Appalachian State, and Illinois pulled the trigger a few hours before UGA Thursday. After the Dawgs offered, Tennessee did as well late Thursday night.
Sermon is set to visit South Carolina Saturday and then Auburn is working to get him on their campus soon as well.