King for a Day

ATHENS – One of the top receivers in the South is inching closer and closer to Georgia.

Tavarres King, the outstanding receiver from Habersham Central, raved about his visit to Athens for Georgia's junior day.

"It was awesome – real awesome," he gleamed. "It made me want to go to Georgia even more. The icing on the cake was the dorms. They said it costs students that are not on scholarship more $70,000.00 to live in there and it looks like it."

Georgia may have a heavy lead, but the Bulldogs are going to have to hold off nearly every school in the South including two new big-name suitors.

"Notre Dame and Florida have been by lately," King acknowledged. "They told me that they are interested. I don't think they have offered, but I am not sure."

The Irish and Gators may see the writing on the wall – King seems destined to pick the Bulldogs after making a few more trips. He says he wants to be certain Athens in the place for him, and he can do that by making a few more trips in the car.

"I just want to go to a couple of more schools to see what's it like there," he said. "You never know – I could go somewhere and be completely blown away, but most likely I will still like Georgia the most."

Apart from the athletic prowess of the program in Athens, King was impressed with the academics at Georgia.

"The academics were awesome. They keep you on track I don't see how guys could screw it up, really," he said.

King's favorite memory from the trip was the virtual pre-game meeting he had with a set of Dawgs.

"I loved talking with Coach Eason," King said. "We sat at the receiver table with Kris Durham, Mohammed Massaqoui and Sean Bailey and it was pretty neat."

The Dawgs rolled out the receiving red carpet for King.

"Bailey, that's a cool cat right there," King said. "He was talking about how the speed of the game is different. We talked about his academics. He's the type of guy I want to be around. Back during the season Durham and I talked quite a bit."

If King is not sold on Georgia he's seemingly next in line in the checkout aisle.

"I really feel at home at Georgia," he said. "I live only 45 minutes up the road. It's certainly a place I can see myself at. It's just like Habersham. I want to get my academics right and go into the program ready to roll from the get go. I want to win championships."

"I don't remember one negative thing about the weekend," he said.

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