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Shepherd Visits Georgia
"I visited Georgia today for about four hours," said Austin Shepherd. "I got over there around 12pm and I left around 4pm. I have been there for games before, but I wanted to visit again, so I could compare schools to each other." Shepherd got to see a lot during the four hours he was there. He saw Georgia OL Coach Stacy Searels first, but he did not spend much time right when he got there. "I met with Coach Searels as soon as I got there for about five minutes, but he handed me off to one of his assistants and he took me on the tour. The first thing I did was go over to the Academic building to meet with the academic advisors. They talked to me about how everything worked, how the tutors were there to help, and things like that." "After that, I went to see where they eat, then I saw where they do mat drills, the recreation area, and then I saw the dorms. I got a pretty good tour and Georgia has a lot of nice things to offer." After getting the tour for a couple of hours, the 6-foot-5, 310 pound offensive lineman out of Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett met back up with Coach Searels. "I talked with him for about 45 minutes this time and he said he was interested in me and things like that. He talked me about how they were still comparing me to other linemen and still evaluating me." "He also showed me some film of what they do at practice, how he teaches his guys to block, and things like that. It was cool to see that kind of stuff. I think he has some interest in me."Shepherd's working hard. When his time was up with Searels, he got the chance to meet Georgia's head coach for the first time. "I had met Coach Searels before when I was at Georgia for games, but I had not met Coach Richt. I think he is a really good guy and I like how he is real straight forward about everything." "Coach Richt told me a lot of what Coach Searels told me; he said that I was high on their list and that they were still comparing me to other offensive linemen around the nation. He told me they were only going to take two offensive linemen, so they were still evaluating guys. He talked to me about Georgia, the program, and how they were fond of me, so it was a nice meeting." He left Athens without an offer, so Alabama is still the lone school to offer this Peach State junior as of now, but Shepherd had nice things to say about his time in Athens. "I think Georgia wants to see me in the spring because they know I have lost weight (down from 330 to 310), so I think they want to see how I move now," stated Shepherd. "I think they are interest and I hope they offer after they see me in the spring." He is working hard to earn more offers and he is taking a look at any school that is looking at him. "I am not ready to name a top school or anything, but I like Georgia. I really liked it today and I like how they are building on to their weight room and all that. That will be done when my class moves in, so that would be nice. I like everything Georgia has to offer." The North Gwinnett leader is getting attention from schools all over the South and more offers are likely just right around the corner. Shepherd's next visit will be to Alabama and he will be in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for Junior Day. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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