Georgia Hauls in Commitment #21

Macon, GA's Michael Lemon became the 21st player in the class of 2006 to make a verbal commitment to play for the Georgia Bulldogs when he announced his intentions to the UGA staff on Tuesday afternoon. caught up with Michael today to talk about just why he chose the Dawgs.

"I chose them because the coaches seemed like they really had everything in order. They knew what they wanted to do and you know, I like ‘home' and that's the closest school to me. It's just a good fit for me. Plus their academics are top notch and I love their business school. I want to own my own business and they have one of the top programs in the country for that," Michael Lemon said.

Bulldogs TE coach David Johnson reeled Lemon in for the Dawgs.

"Coach Johnson recruited me for Georgia. He's just an all-around nice guy. You can talk to him and feel comfortable. He doesn't make you feel like he's superior and that really goes for all of the coaches up there."

How did he notify Georgia of his decision?

"I called Coach Johnson yesterday and they were in the middle of a meeting. I talked to him for a minute and then he told me to call Coach Richt. Coach Richt said he was real glad that I was coming and just welcome to the family and it was a great to be a Dawg. He was just welcoming me basically."

At 6'4 255lbs, Lemon could play inside or outside at the next level but he'll make his start in Athens as a defensive end.

"I'll be playing defensive end up there. Up until this season I played end but this season I was moved to a nose guard or nose tackle type position. I don't really have a preference for which one I'd like to play, but I guess I'll say end because I've played there up until now."

Michael was one of many big time recruits in town for the Dawgs SEC opener.

"I went to the Georgia/South Carolina game. It was crazy up there. The fans were loud and crazy. It was just a fun day. I went to the Dawg Walk and you can really tell that the fans are really into it. They're very intense about their football."

Because Lemon plays in the Georgia Independent School Association, there are some out there that say it's impossible to tell how good he is due to the competition he goes against week in and week out. How would he answer those critics?

"Your always going to have critics wherever you go and I have to deal with that, but I was able to show I was a great player at the Georgia camp. There, your equal with everyone else and If you can do good amongst everybody then you at least must be a decent player."

His family is excited that he's staying close to home.

"My mom loves it. It's been me, her and my brother for most of my life and our lives. For me to stay here, they really like that. I like that I can come down to see my brother play some games as well. He'll be in high school next year and we've always gone to each other's games."

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