Georgia gets 13th commitment

Hunter Long has been camping in Athens for three years and the one he participated in on June 12 sealed the deal for him. He showed the UGA coaches his versatility and they decided to offer him a scholarship. Long accepted the offer and committed to the Dawgs on the spot.

"I got an email from Coach [Stacy] Searels asking me to call him and he asked me what I would do if I had an offer from them, and I told them that I would commit on the spot," said Hunter Long. "He told me I had the offer, so I committed to Georgia then."

Long spoke with Mark Richt shortly after he committed to Coach Searels.

"Coach Richt welcomed me to the family and he was excited about my decision. He wants me to get to know everybody in the class and just become part of the team now."

In a way, he already feels part of the team. He has been around Athens quite a bit since his older brother enrolled at Georgia. Back a few years when the Dawgs started recruiting the oldest Long is when Georgia first entered his mind.

"I started following Georgia when my brother Austin Long (signed with Georgia in 2009) was getting recruited by them a couple of years ago," said Hunter Long. "I have camping there for three years, I have been down there a lot, and I am just in love with Georgia now."

Long just camped at Georgia a week and a half ago and he showed Coach Searels and the UGA staff that he not only could be a very good center on the next level, but he had the ability to be a top guard too. Showing that versatility may have played a big part in him getting this offer.

Austin and Hunter will reunite in Athens.
"I felt Georgia was very interested in me before the camp last week, but I know I helped myself a lot. I am not sure if that was the main reason they decided to offer me, but the coaches told me that I really helped myself that day. I think I performed well and I showed them I have improved my flexibility and that I could play guard too."

Guard is the position Long will play when he gets to Athens. His good friend David Andrews is already committed to Georgia at center and his buddy Watts Dantzler just committed to the Dawgs on Sunday afternoon.

Those are two of his good friends, but his best friend is already in Athens. That is his brother Austin Long. They played together on the same offensive line at Briarcrest Christian a couple of years and he is excited about suiting up with him again.

"Me and Austin talk about every day either on the phone or through text messages," said the 6-foot-4, 300 pound interior offensive lineman. "I did not know if this was going to happen or not, but us playing together again is awesome. We are really close, he takes me out when I go down to Athens, he lets me hang out with his friends down there, and with me playing guard now instead of center, hopefully we can line up side by side one day."

The Memphis native just can't wait to get to Athens. He has spent many nights there over the past year with his brother being on campus, but after his senior year goes by, he will be ready to get down there himself.

"It just feels like home in Athens to me. Whenever I took visits to other schools, I always compared everything to Georgia and nothing was ever like it. There is a lot of tradition there, the people there are great, I love the fans, and I love how it is like one big family there. I am excited to be a Georgia Bulldog."

Long did not know if him being a Georgia Bulldog would really happen. Recruiting has not gone as expected, he wasn't sure he wanted to play alongside his brother at the beginning, and he just wasn't sure where he would be in the summer of 2011 a few months ago.

"It feels great how this has all come together for me and I am so excited about it. I have been working hard, I have been hitting all these camps, and it has paid off for me. This offer from Georgia is one that I really wanted, I got it, and I am feeling so blessed right now."

"I have prayed about recruiting, I have put a lot of thought into it, and I made my decision about a month ago. I knew if Georgia offered me, then I was going to take it."

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