Long Picks Georgia

Aaron Murray can be very convincing, just ask Austin Long.

Not even one week after Murray committed to Georgia, the signal caller got to work on a big-bodied player to block for him.

"Saturday Aaron Murray called me and said that he was going to recruit me pretty hard to come to Georgia with him," Long said. "We texted back and forth most of the day Saturday. At that point I was 90% Georgia, but that put it over the edge for me. We've been texting "Go Dawgs!" a lot since."

Long made it official today with a phone call to Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

"Coach Bobo and Coach Searles came to visit me today, and I waited until after they left to call them and let them know that I was committed to them. I wish I could have said to them in person, but there are rules against that," Long said.

Georgia's commitment list is now at ten. Long is the second out-of-state commitment in a row for the Bulldogs after the program stayed in state for the first eight commitments of 2009. Long is the fourth lineman who committed to Georgia, but may be the most sought-after. He is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com and is also considered the #7 offensive tackle in the country.

The commitment to Georgia more than likely ends the recruitment process for Long, who said he was firm to Georgia. However, Alabama and other powers may continue to recruit Long although the Memphis product said he had called coaches from schools other than Georgia and let them know that he had committed to Georgia.

"Recruiting was a lot of fun while it lasted, but it was a load. I can now concentrate on weights and winning a state title," Long admitted. "I was hoping to narrow it down this weekend to three, but after praying about it I decided to commit to Georgia this afternoon. I just decided that since I knew that I needed to go ahead and pull the trigger. I was just blown away by the campus and the coaches. I got to visit with Coach Richt in his office. Coach Searles was certainly big in the process. We established a very good relationship."

Still, Georgia fans should thank Murray because his phone calls put the Dawgs over the top for the Dawgs once and for all.

"I called Aaron last night and talked with him about it for 30 minutes," recalled Long. "We talked about me waiting to commit and if that was the right thing to do. I think I grilled him about his commitment the entire time. But he was so happy with the decision. Talking with him really cemented it for me. I just, all night Friday and Saturday morning, thought about it. I was shaky about it until I talked with him Sunday night. I woke up this morning, and I knew Georgia was it for me. I guess I knew it was the place since I visited there the first time."

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