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ATHENS – It still takes about eight hours to get to Athens from Lakeland, FL – even if you run a 4.38.

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Still, Jacques Mackeroy has made the trip to Athens twice, and is thinking about going up one more time. The Florida speedster visited Georgia for the Junior Day over the weekend, and he was impressed.

"I grew up in Marietta, so I knew they were a great team," said Mackeroy. "I just like Mark Richt. I knew that he was a Christian dude, and that's what my family is all about."

Mackeroy said he spent a little time with the Georgia head coach. The two talked, and then Richt suggested Mackeroy come back in the summer for the Dawgs to get an up-close look at his playing style.

"He told me that he was glad I made the eight-hour drive," Mackeroy said. "He told me that they wanted me to come back up in June. They told me that if I come back up and perform well they will offer me on the spot. Coach Ball was the main guy talking to me. Coach Ball also said that he wants me to come back."

A scholarship offer from the Bulldogs would not be Mackeroy's first. He said by phone that Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Florida, Boston College and Louisville have all offered him.

Still, Mackeroy said he liked Athens.

"Georgia is nice," he said. "It is a great atmosphere. The entire town is full of Bulldogs – everywhere you look. I just really like Georgia. I like the SEC, and Georgia… I think I would have an opportunity to do something. I feel like the only person in my way would be A.J. Green. I would earn a spot – I know that."

It's hard to know just what to make of a prospect who claims a 4.38 40-yard dash, but Mackeroy said he was recently timed at that number. He said last spring he ran a 4.4 at a combine, but that he's been working on moving that number lower, which he achieved this spring.

"I just recently got timed at a 4.38," he said.

No matter if that number is 100% accurate or not, Mackeroy is a speed receiver who seems interested in Georgia.

"I am going to go back to Georgia's spring game," he said.

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