It is easy to see what schools like about junior Keldrick Carper.
He is a 6-foot-3, 185 pound athlete who has shined at defensive back, wide reciever, as a return man, and, oh yeah, on the basketball court too. Carper is a fluid athlete with length, ball skills, and a burst when he hits the open field.
The Georgia Bulldogs have identified him in the small town of Plain Dealing (La.) and made him a target for 2017.
"It was pretty simple — Coach [James] Coley sent me a direct message on Twitter asking me if I was interested in Georgia, and then he told me I had an offer," said Carper. "It happened that fast. I was like, wow. It was a surprise to me."
After swapping a few direct messages that day, Carper and the Georgia wide receivers coach got on the phone to talk a little more about the offer, the Bulldogs, and Coley's interest in one of the top juniors in Louisiana.
"When I talked to coach Coley on the phone, it had to be one of the best talks I have had with a coach. He is just a great guy. He told me how high I am on his board and that really opened my eyes. Who doesn't like hearing that?
"He talked to me about how he likes the bigger receivers and how I am a guy who can make a play out of nothing. He was talking about my versatility, how I high-point the ball, and it was just a great conversation. I knew he was from Miami and things like that, but I learned a lot more about him during our conversation."
The interest in Georgia is there for Carper.
He was at Dawg Night this past summer, but he did not draw a lot of attention from the staff that was there then. With the new staff, things are different, and now the playmaker wants to get back to Athens (Ga.) to feel the new vibe.
"Georgia has always been it a great schools and it has a lot to offer, but when I was there for camp, there was a lot of people there, and I did not really get any time with the coaches," said Carper. "I really like Georgia's campus, I think it is a beautiful place, and with this offer, it is a school I have to consider now.
"I really like coach Coley and I know Georgia has a top quarterback (Jacob Eason) in this class, so things could be really getting going there. The offer means a lot and I will probably get back there this spring."
Carper has some knowledge of the new head coach at Georgia as well. He has camped at Alabama in the past, so he knows what Kirby Smart is about.
"What I expect at Georgia now is organization. Alabama's camp was so organized, so detailed, and it was a very good camp. Coach Smart was a great defensive coach at Alabama and I think he will take a lot of what they did at Alabama and take it to Georgia. Their camp was intense, the coaches moved me around, and I am interested in Georgia now to see what they do."
There are currently no favorites for Carper, but he could start to narrow his list down later this spring. As of right now, Georgia is in a good spot to make the list.