Georgia Prep Heads West

Oregon went east to pick up the eighth verbal commitment of the year when wide receiver Garrett Embry told the Oregon coaches on Sunday that he wanted to be a Duck. There had been rumors circulating around the internet for some time that Embry was a strong Oregon lean, but all it took was a quick trip cross country to seal the deal.

"I've been leaning that way but I was hesitant to commit without going out there," Embry said. "We've (his family) been talking about it over and over and finally had the opportunity to get out there. I loved it and I made the commitment."

The trip out west helped satisfy some concerns Embry's parents had about what their son was getting into. However, when they saw the facilities, met with coaches and players, the doubts were abated and the decision was easy on Garrett's part. Still though, why would a kid from Georgia want to go all the way out to Oregon to play football?

"Everybody on the East Coast knows about Oregon and so there wasn't any doubts about the program because of the jerseys and helmets and so on, but the main worry was what kind of atmosphere I'd be in," explained Embry. "That was big worry for my parents and myself. The team though is like a family, a group. All the team and coaches are real close. I just fell in love with that. You can't go wrong with a good school, good facilities and a good program."

He's being recruited as a receiver.

The Ducks have been targeting athletes that play in the spread offense, but not in this case. Embry's high school team, which happens to be the No.1 team in Georgia 5-A football (the highest level), runs out of the power I and calls at least 45 rushing plays a game. So how did a receiver on a running team end up getting a scholarship offer from a program known for throwing the ball? Garrett attends a camp operated by former Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Stacey Bailey. At the Bailey camp, Embry has learned a lot of different type of offenses plus how to be a good receiver.

He bench presses 250 pounds, squats 505, has a 295-pound power clean and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.

Embry, 6-1.5, 202, Roswell (Ga.) Roswell HS, is a former participant in Junior Olympics and actually was in Eugene in 2004 competing in the pentathlon. Embry really liked Eugene on his first visit so he's been very excited about the possibility of returning since then. So excited, that when the chance to come out on Monday, Sept. 2nd, he took it. He actually played for his school on Saturday night, went home packed, got an hour's sleep and flew out to the West Coast.

In the winter Embry plays basketball also.

While Embry didn't see too many other recruits this weekend, he did run into Blake Cantu, another wide receiver from Texas who was also in Eugene this weekend. Embry and Cantu have become friends, mostly through communication on

Garrett wasn't sure if anyone else committed to the Ducks this weekend, but he knows he's done with the recruiting process. He chose Oregon over offers from Central Florida, Middle Tennessee, Baylor, Air Force, Miami (Ohio) and also some very strong interest from Georgia Tech. Garrett carries a 2.5 GPA and has a 1,100 score on two sections of the SAT.

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