In-Depth With Akeem Hebron

Army All-American Akeem Hebron is one of the biggest recruits set to join the UGA football team next season. The athletic linebacker ranks among the best players at his position nationwide and he sat down with on Tuesday to discuss his future in Athens along with his thoughts on the current Bulldog team and his fellow Georgia commitments in the class of 2006.

"I watched the SEC Championship game. It was just real nice. I really liked it a lot. It made me look even more forward to getting down there with those guys. I loved how they all played as a team. The whole defense was together and their leaders stepped up big time in a game like that," Akeem Hebron said.

Hebron has been impressed with what he's seen of the current linebackers in Athens.

"I like all the linebackers, even some of the backups. I think they're all well coached. They're all playing well even though they're going through some injuries. They're playing tough and doing well this year."

The Maryland star will make his first trip to Georgia since the summer time this weekend.

"I well be in Athens this Friday for my official. I just want to meet some of the players because I didn't see many in the summer time. Asher Allen told me he's supposed to be there as well. When he first committed we started texting each other and now we talk on the phone about once a week."

He's excited by what he's seen of the rest of the Dawgs recruiting class.

"I know I have a chance to win a National Championship. Our recruiting class is really good and were going to have some talent the next few years. If we would have played all the games like we did in SEC Championship then we may have had a National Championship this year."

One recruit he's especially excited to get to work with is fellow 5-star LB, Darius Dewberry.

"Hopefully when I get down there me and him can be really close and push each other. I've seen his highlight tape and he can move real well. He's bigger than me and hopefully once the older linebackers are gone we'll both be out there competiting for a spot on the depth chart."

Before Hebron can make his splash in Athens however, he'll be playing in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl down in San Antonio, TX in the month of January.

"I look forward to that a lot. That's an honor I've wanted for a long time and worked towards. I look forward to going down there and meeting some guys. I'll definitely be down there recruiting because I know some offensive lineman like Andre Smith and Clifton Geathers will be there."

Akeem figures to have his own cheering section in the Alamodome.

"My mom, my sister and her husband, some cousins and a bunch of my coaches are coming. I'm bringing a lot of people down there. I feel a little pride playing for the east. It's all fun and games but it ain't fun losing. I do want to go down there and rep the east."

Hebron's Our Lady Good Counsel High School team fell in their championship game by one point in overtime, but he had a season to remember from his linebacker spot. Akeem raked in 135 tackles, 15 sacks, 2 interceptions, a blocked punt, a blocked field goal, an interception for a touchdown and a punt for a touchdown. He hopes to carry some of that success over to college and Dawg fans hope to see him take his wrath out on Gators, Jackets, Tigers and Vols in the future...

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