Summer Camp: Georgia hosts top prep stars

Georgia hosts its annual camp for high school football players this Friday and Saturday. The event is a good way for the Bulldog coaching staff to talk with players about the University and to see what each player can do on the field.

"It's kind of a one day mini camp," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt of the event.

Richt used last season's "mini-camp" to secure several top players from around Georgia and beyond. At least one player from last year's signing class was persuaded to go to Georgia because of the summer camp.

"They were really impressive to me at the camp that I was at," said one-time attendee and current Georgia quarterback Blake Barnes. Barnes was signed out of Mississippi by the Bulldogs. He committed to Georgia at the end of July, only a month after attending the Georgia camp.

"Summer Camps have become almost as important as official visits," said Southeastern recruiting expert Scott Kennedy of

"It not only gives coaches the chance to evaluate a player in person, but it is an early gauge in the player's interest in the program itself. Georgia is having an awful lot of talent at their camp this weekend, and that speaks volumes about the interest that the top players in the south have in the Bulldog program."

The Georgia head coach agrees:

"It's big," said Richt. "It's always good to have a lot of talented players on your campus. (We like to let them) get a feel for our campus and we want to see the up close, too," Richt added.

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