Top 2009 QB to visit Georgia

ATHENS – Georgia won't sign a quarterback in 2008, but they are already recruiting for two signal callers in 2009.

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That's where Tom Savage, one of the top quarterbacks in the country for the class of 2009, comes in.

Georgia is one of dozens of schools after the junior quarterback – the difference? Savage seems to like Georgia as much if not more than any other school pursuing him right now. Savage likes the Dawgs so much so that he will visit them this spring. But Georgia will have to fight old rival Florida for the affections of Savage.

"Georgia said they were going to take two quarterbacks – maybe one pro-style and one pocket guy. I am a pro-style quarterback, but I can certainly move. That's what Florida said they liked about me most. Georgia and Florida are the two national schools I have looked at. I have looked at Rutgers, too," Savage said.

In-state Penn State seems more like a puzzle for Savage. While he likes the Nittany Lions he doesn't know what to make of their coaching situation or what type of quarterback they are pursuing at that spot.

"Right now I don't know what Penn State is looking for," he admitted. "I talked with Georgia and Florida last week. Penn State is in-state and that's cool, but I am looking for what sort of quarterback they are interested in the near future. No one is going to know what Coach Paterno is going to do."

Penn State hasn't offered the junior yet, but if they did they would be adding their name to a long and seemingly soon-to-grow list. NC State, Louisville, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Rutgers, Miami and Pitt have all offered Savage – more seem destined to be added to that list.

"I don't know what the offer situation is at Georgia or Florida," Savage admitted. "Those two seem able to wait – and so we are going to just have to wait and see what happens."

Until then Savage is going to see what happens on his trip to the South. He knows he will visit for Georgia's junior day – he's not yet sure about Florida's.

"Florida would like for me to come to their junior day," Savage said. "I am certainly going to the junior day in March. Coach Bobo recommended that I come down to check out a practice. The style of quarterback at Georgia – Matthew Stafford – is what I like."

That may be just what Georgia fans want to hear. But Savage's mailman, on the other hand, my be wishing he was on another route.

"Recruiting has gotten crazy already, and I think its going be crazier after signing day because there is going to be more focus on it," he said. "I have been getting so many letters lately. My mailman has said we need to do something about the mail."


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