Nathan Theus was busy playing lacrosse Monday afternoon and wasn't thinking too much about football…
Theus brothers return to Athens
Nathan Theus is a class of 2011 prospect and he has been offered by South Carolina as a long snapper. He is one of the best in the country. John Theus is regarded as one of the top 2012 offensive tackles in the South early on and he has already picked up offers from Arkansas, Maryland, and South Carolina. When the Theus family goes on visits, you will find Nathan and John together and at the end of the day, the two would to reunite after high school at the same college. Both are interested in the University of Georgia and returned to Athens on Monday evening for their fourth visit in the past year. "We got into Athens Monday night around 6pm," said Nathan. "We met with Coach [Stacy] Searels, got out itinerary from him, and then we were able to hang out with a couple of players after that. Austin Long kind of showed us around the campus, we hung out at his dorm, and we had a good time." After seeing Athens at night with a redshirt freshman offensive tackle, the Theus brothers saw what it was like to be a student on Tuesday. "We took the academic tour and everything on Tuesday, but we also got to go to class with Derek Rich who is a walk-on long snapper and tight end. It was cool to sit in class with him to see what it would be like to go to school there." Nathan's being recruited as a long snapper. After seeing the academic side of things, they got a chance to sit in on position meetings, talk to their position coach, meet with the head coach, and watch the Dawgs practice later in the day. "We sat in on the special teams and offensive line meetings and it was cool to hear the terminology and things like that. We also met with Coach Searels and Coach Richt in their office and we talked to each of them about 15 minutes each." Searels, Richt, and all the people around Athens are what stood out to Nathan the most this time. UGA has always been known for their honesty and being up front and Nathan really respects that. "Georgia does not hide anything from recruits," he said. "They make everything real personal there and I like that a lot. If I want to see a dorm, they show me, if I want to learn about something else, they tell me about it. I just like how personal they are, how the people make you feel welcome, and how everything is not about football." "Coach Richt hardly mentioned football at all to use when we met with him. It was all about us, how we were, how our family is doing, and things like that. That type thing really is impressive to me. That is just how the people are at Georgia." Maybe Coach Richt did not talk football with the Theus family during their one on one time, but he did some coaching in front of their eyes before the brothers left to return home. During practice, John watched the offensive linemen closely and the one in the middle really caught his attention. "I don't think the coaches were really happy with the players today overall, but Ben Jones really jumped out to me," said the 2012 OL. "He was just man-handling the defensive linemen in the one on one pass blocking drills. It was fun to watch him practice." The younger of the Theus brothers liked watching the coaches in action as well. His position is coached by Coach Searels and he saw how he and the others on the UGA staff demand a lot from their players. The 6-foot-6, 274 pound tackle out of Bolles knows he will be coached up if he ends up in Athens. "Everything is upbeat and the coaches were demanding a lot from the players. They are going to get the most of their players at Georgia and I like that. The players may not like it all of the time, but the coaches are going to push them and work them to make them the best they can be." John's an elite tackle in the 2012 class. John and Nathan both hope they are at their best on June 12 when they return to Athens for their fifth visit. This time that visit could really mean something about their future. "We did not even mention scholarship offers today and that never came up during this visit," said John. "It was just a nice visit, we got to sit down and learn more about the coaches, get to know the people there better, and it did not bother me at all that I didn't get an offer today." "Me and Nathan are going back to Georgia for their one day camp on June 12 and that is when we are going to try to earn an offer. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have gotten an offer from Georgia today, but we both are going to have to show the coaches that we deserve on June 12." Overall, the 24 hour visit to Georgia was a good one for the Theus family. They got to see a lot in a short amount of time and no, they did not pick up an offer from the Bulldogs, but they did see what their lifestyle would be like as a student-athlete in Athens. Georgia is still high on both Theus' lists although both remain open to everyone at this time. They had scheduled to visit UCF on Saturday, but have decided to cancel that and just relax at home in Jacksonville the remainder of their spring break. They do not plan to step foot on another college campus until June when they will camp at both Florida and Georgia. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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