It's time for the January squeeze. It's the period of time when up and coming recruits squeeze in their last visits and coaches make some last minute changes to their recruiting big boards. One of the names causing some of the fluctuating is Georgia LB, Tavares Kearney.
Kearney is a 6-1 215-pound linebacker from Tucker, GA. This past season as a senior, he recorded 97 tackles, 18 sacks, had 51 quarterback hurries, and as a tight end he had 7 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
He must now make his choice in the next couple of weeks out of a core of four schools.
"I'm only looking at South Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia, and Florida," Kearney told Bucknuts on Wednesday night. "I would say everyone is about the same right now."
"I'm going to try to get around to the rest of my visits and see which school stands out," he added.
One of Kearney's visits is actually out of the way.
This past weekend, Kearney was in Columbia to visit South Carolina. First-year head coach Steve Spurrier made quite the impression on Kearney.
"Everything was good," he recalled. "It was my first official so I didn't know what to expect but everything turned out just fine. It sounds like it will be good up there (at South Carolina). Everyone likes him a lot. In fact, we were at a basketball game and everyone was calling out his name."
With his South Carolina visit in the books, it's now time for Kearney to turn his focus to Ohio State this weekend.
Ohio State defensive backs coach Mel Tucker has been recruiting Kearney, who leaves for Columbus on Saturday morning. Kearney will be at Ohio State until Monday, when he returns home.
Kearney, who said the Ohio State coaches are expected to pay him a visit at home next week, is excited to meet the entire coaching staff in person-especially head coach Jim Tressel.
"They seem pretty cool. I can't wait to talk to Coach Tressel," he acknowledged "I'm looking forward to getting to know the coaches, the players, and there. I also am looking forward to see things academic wise to see how the school is and how it feels up there."
Although Kearney wants to let the coaches do the talking, and learn more about Ohio State this weekend, what does he already know about them?
"It's a fairly small town and everyone knows about Ohio State football," he explained. "Large crowds, they put a lot of players to the league, a lot of great press, and a lot of T.V. time. I also know I'll have to do what I've got to do up there to be able to play-work hard."
According to Kearney, a lot of teams have recruited him as either an OLB or a SS, but Ohio State is looking at him prominently at the WILL position.
Next up after the Ohio State visit for Kearney will be a visit to Georgia next weekend. After that he will conclude with a trip to Florida, when he will decide shortly after.