Dawgs take in top 2009 QB

ATHENS – Aaron Murray wants to know as much as possible about a college before he picks it.

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He found out a lot about Georgia, and it did make an impression on him.

"I got to spend a lot of time with Coach Bobo and Coach Richt," Murray said of his trip. "I certainly will keep up with Georgia in the future. I think I am going to probably come back up some time in the future."

Georgia is looking to sign two quarterbacks in 2009. Zach Mettenberger, Georgia's committed quarterback, and Murray have different styles for sure. That may be an enticing thing for the Bulldogs as they move forward – one pocket quarterback, and one who is more athletic. That's not something anyone other than the coaching staff knows for sure, however.

Murray took in two Georgia practices, went to class with a player and spent a fair amount of time with the coaching staff while in Athens. He wants to have the same experience at a lot of places, but he admitted that he liked what he saw at Georgia.

"I've not seen a lot of college football practices before, but, to me, they were pretty intense," Murray said. "The coaches were really getting after it. I really liked what I saw light night and today at the practices."

Murray already has a jump on visiting schools.

"I saw about ten schools last year," Murray said today. "I just want to meet the coaches. I mean, this is the place I am going to spend the next four or five years of my life at – I want it to be the right place."

While Murray had a very good time at Georgia the focus of most speculation on him has been that home-state Florida, and the other Sunshine schools are going to be where he ends up. He's not as sure, however. Home-state schools Miami, Florida State and Florida are all interested in him. He grew up in the Sunshine State, but didn't grow up pulling for any of the big three, he said.

"My dad is from up north and my mother is from Miami, but her family is from up north, too," he said. There seems to be no advantage for the Florida schools. When asked about what seems natural – picking the home-state Gators because they are close to Tampa and run a similar offense to the one Murray runs now – he said he's heard that one a lot.

"I get that all the time," he said with a chuckle. "But it's not quite that simple. I've been playing football one year. I am not sure what sort of system I would be best in. There's nothing written saying I have to be in that offense. I may like the pocket in college more."

Georgia, the school Murray visited today, is a little more traditional in its quarterback approach. Eve super-athletic D.J. Shockley sat in the pocket more than most realized.

"That's what this trip is about – getting out and seeing more of what schools have to offer," he said.

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