Haverkamp commits to Georgia

ATHENS – Scott Haverkamp said Thursday that he would commit to Georgia this weekend if everything went the way he wanted it to do, and it did.

"I committed to Coach Richt in his office," said the Butler Community College offensive lineman. "I knew I was going to commit anyway, but I wanted to see Athens first. He told me that he was happy for me."

Haverkamp will sign with Georgia in the next few days. His commitment wraps up what has been a long journey to get to a big-time division one program. "I don't really want to leave. I want to stay in Athens. I have to take care of finals and get back here in a couple of weeks," he added.

Haverkamp originally signed with in-state Kansas in high school. After redshirting his first season there and playing limited amounts of time in his second he left.

"I don't want to discuss the reasons why I left Kansas, but I think it was the right thing for me to do." Haverkamp confessed.

From there he went to Butler and played this past season. The Grizzlies went 11-1 with their only loss coming in a 43-29 decision to Highland Community College. In a matchup between two Georgia commitments, Haverkamp's Butler team beat Joe Blaes' Coffeeville squad 22-14.

"Going to Butler was the right thing for me at the time," he said. "When I was at Kansas I was not a very good player, Butler was like a miracle for me they really worked on me. They turned me into a football player."

He will get his shot to show off his football skills after the New Year – he move to Athens on January 2nd. He will have two years to play two seasons. Haverkamp picked Georgia over Arizona State, New Mexico, Iowa State, Illinois and others.

The Sun Devils might have been the team to beat, but Haverkamp said as soon as they fired head coach Dirk Koetter, who took ASU to a bowl game the last three seasons, but could not overcome Pac-10 powers USC, Cal and Oregon consistently enough to please boosters.

The Bulldogs came into the 2007 recruiting season desperate for offensive linemen, and now they have all they can handle. In addition to Haverkamp, Georgia will sign Blaes, Vince Vance, Trinton Sturdivant, Tanner Strickland, Justin Anderson, Antwane Greenlee, Clint Boling and Ben Harden.

All will compete for starting jobs left vacant by the departure of Nick Jones, Daniel Inman and Ken Shackleford. Vance seems to have the inside track on one tackle spot while Haverkamp will likely get a good look at the other. Still, coaches have indicated they will take a look at all the spots this spring, and that all positions are open.

"They talked about me being a guard or a tackle," he said. "Either would be fine with me. They told me that they were going to have to see what fits the team the best – everything is open as far as the starting spots are concerned."

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