Massaquoi not just along for the ride

ATHENS – Joe Cox needed someone to help him on the way to shattering nearly every passing record in North Carolina high school history.

It turned out to be Mohamed Massaquoi.

Joe Cox may have destroyed all of current Florida Quarterback Chris Leak's old high school passing marks, but it was Massaquoi that rewrote current Georgia receiver Mario Raley's records.

Massaquoi's name first came up last spring after he finished 2003 with 87 catches, 1,525 yards, and 23 touchdowns. He made unofficial visits around the south including Georgia. After Cox committed to the Bulldogs on the middle of last June, Massaquoi followed his quarterback to Athens by announcing his decision to go to Georgia on the 27th of June.

"It is a great place," said Massaquoi. "I got a chance to take an unofficial visit with my mother without going to the games. It was one weekend when nothing was going on and I got a chance to see everything in and out – one on one – and I really liked it. My mom felt the same way."

From that point forward Massaquoi did not waiver on his commitment to Georgia. The Bulldogs got his only visit of the year in January.

Massaquoi, who holds a nearly perfect GPA and a solid SAT score, says there is no one thing he has to focus on for 2005 and beyond. He says, however, that he will continue to try to improve all aspects of his game.

"There's no one thing to work on," he said. "I am just trying to get better at everything I do."


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