Morant: I didn't want to miss out on Georgia

Dexter Morant was told that Georgia was filling up... fast. He was not interested in missing his chance. Read what Morant said in his first published interview since committing to Georgia.

Knowing that Georgia's recruiting class was well on the way to being full, Morant decided to commit to the Bulldogs Monday night.

"It understood that he spots were filling up fast," Morant told Dawg Post in an interview. "They let me know about it. I was thinking very hard about it. They were my number one anyway. I didn't want to not get my chance to play at Georgia. It should not have been that hard for me to make my mind up anyway. I wanted to be done before the season is done, so now I have."

Morant's commitment came after the prospect's mother had a long conversation with Georgia's head coach Mark Richt.

"Coach Richt had a really long conversation with my Mother. That was the first time he'd talked with her. She asked some questions, and I think they were just getting to know one another," Morant said.

Other schools, like Alabama and Florida have been pursuing the defensive end, but he felt more at home in Athens.

"Alabama was recruiting me as an outside linebacker, but I wanted to go to a place where I would not have to learn a new position. Florida, it seemed like that they were as concerned with me. Every time I got off the phone with Georgia it was - Georgia, Georgia, Georgia. I really liked it down there," he said. "Also, I think the graduation rate was 100% last year - That was great. I feel like I am comfortable around their coaches. I like the campuses and the couches."

Morant said Jon Fabris' reaction was relaxed but excited -adding that the defensive ends coach was eager to work with a Palmetto State prospect again.

"Coach Fabris was kind of calm about it," Morant admitted. "But he said that he was so excited to be a Georgia Bulldog. He kept talking with me about all of the guys who are from South Carolina who have become a success at Georgia."

Most recently Fabris molded South Carolinian Marcus Howard into a sack machine his final season at Georgia - good enough to become the MVP of the Sugar Bowl.

Fabris and Morant got to know one another well during summer camp in Athens. Fabris spent nearly the entire day with the Manning, SC native – showing him certain techniques for his position. The duo certainly seems to hit it off well that day.

Morant is considered a three-star prospect by Georgia had been high on his list for some time. As far back as February 2009, Morant listed the Bulldogs as his number one school.

Morat acknowledged that his recruitment is now over. He said he will focus on winning at Manning. His high school team is working out now in preparation for the 2009 season.

"It is Georgia and it is over with. I did want to take some officials, but it was not that big of a thing to me, but I will take my official to Georgia for sure," he said.

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