Richt: "Has Georgia offered you?"

ATHENS – Now there is something to talk about on the long ride home.

Austin Long Profile

Georgia's Mark Richt made the seven-hour car ride, the construction of Alabama included, a little less difficult for Austin Long when he offered the giant lineman from Memphis a scholarship.

"I love Coach Richt," Long said. "He was really, really nice. He asked who has offered me, and I said Alabama. And then he said ‘has Georgia offered you yet? I think we are going to offer you right now.'"

It was a moment Long won't soon forget.

Now Long has two of the top schools in the SEC after him hard. This weekend, however, it was Georgia's time to shine.

"We saw the dorms and the academic buildings and got to walk on the field and got to see the highlights of the last season," Long said. Those highlights included an overtime win over the Tide. "I couldn't believe that it holds 92,000. I liked the hedges, too."

The big lineman was given the golden key to see what the living situation is like in Athens for the football players.

"We got to go to the training table and eat lunch. I really liked the dorm rooms," he said. "It's different each year you are there. Four live together your first year – the one we went in was for sophomore and juniors and it had a kitchen. That was the first time I'd been to the campus."

Maybe now Long understands why offensive line coach Stacy Searles was eager to get him to visit the Bulldogs for the junior day.

"Coach Searles calling my high school and my dad asking me to come down as soon as possible, and so we did," he said.

Now Long will focus on the options in front of him, and the differences in the two. The head coaches both may be winners, but their styles are far from the same.

"They are both different personalities," Long said. "They are both very good coaches and both are very well liked. I think both are good guys from what I have heard. I've gotten to like both of them a lot."


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