Safety Chooses the Dawgs

If there was one position that still needed to be addressed in Georgia's class this year it was their need at the safety position. Coach Richt and the Dawgs filled that void on Monday afternoon when Warner Robins safety Quintin Banks decided to stay home and become the 23rd verbal commitment to UGA in the class of 2006.

"I committed this afternoon. It seemed like the best fit for me. The whole atmosphere there is great and I'm going to be comfortable. Playing time will be there if I work hard as well," Quintin Banks said.

Quintin says his mind has been made up for quite some time.

"I realized Georgia was for me pretty early. Georgia was just always on my mind and in my heart. There was a competition between a couple other schools but that was the main place I wanted to go to."

Growing up a Tennessee fan, Banks found initially found it hard to turn down an offer from the Vols.

"Turning down Tennessee was kind of difficult because that was my childhood favorite but I had to do what's best for me and that's going to Georgia."

The Central Georgia native will make his second visit to Athens since the start of the football season on Thursday.

"Me and my dad are going Thursday for my official visit. He hasn't seen it yet so I want him to see it. I told him that the campus is great and Coach Richt is a really nice guy. I told him about the new academic facilities and the dorms and that I think he'll love it."

How did he let the Georgia coaches know of his decision?

"I called during weight training today. I talked to Coach Johnson first and then he put me through to Coach Richt. He said he was very happy that I committed and he just seems very excited. They can't wait to get me up there."

Why did he choose to end his recruitment right now?

"I just felt like it was the right time. There was no need to wait any longer. I didn't really feel any pressure that they were filling up even though Georgia talked to me about it. I knew that was where I want to be so it just worked out like that."

Banks feels that he fits the Georgia mold at safety.

"As far as I know they want me at free safety. I see myself fitting in good. They like to play big safeties that come up and hit so it seems like a perfect fit."

What are Dawg fans getting in Quintin Banks?

"Georgia is getting a full commitment and a guy who will go 100% all the time and do all I can. I have already told a couple schools that I'm going there. They were disappointed but most were happy for me. I'm completely done with recruiting. I don't plan on taking any other official visits."

Quintin is the 2nd Houston County Bear to join the Georgia squad since 2003 when Trahern Holden signed with Georgia. He's the 23rd public commitment for the Bulldogs in the class of 2006.

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