Backman to Stay in Touch with Georgia

ATHENS – Kennard Backman, like many of Georgia's Junior Day visitors, was excited to watch the Dawgs practice.

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"It was really great day because of the visit to Georgia and because of the weather I got to watch them practice in," he said. "It was the first time they put on full pads and they definitely got after it. There was a lot of excitement, a lot of emotion, and a lot of hitting going on out there. I liked it a lot."

Backman, who plays tight end for Whitefield Academy, watched his position a lot during the practice. He was trying to pick up any little details he might be able to take back with him to his high school.

"I really focused on tight ends since that is what I play," he said. "They let us get as close as we wanted, so I was standing right behind them when they went through the drills and all that. I like the drills they do a lot because they are quick, they work a lot of different things, and they got a lot in within a short amount of time. I tried to learn some things from them."

In the meantime, Backman said he looks forward to getting talking with Georgia staff members in the future. He had fun talking with Bulldog coaches on Saturday, he said.

"Coach Lilly, Coach Searels, and Coach Bobo all talked to me during the visit, and I like the coaches at Georgia a lot," he said. "I talked to Coach Lilly the most and he told me he wants me back for their spring game and then back for their one-day camp in June, too. He is recruiting me pretty hard right now."

Georgia is "right up there for sure" for Backman, but he does not yet have an offer from the Bulldogs.

"I really like Georgia as a school and the campus and coaching staff stood out to me today," he said. "Alabama, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina are showing a lot of interest in me, too."

Chad Simmons contributed to this report

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