October 17, 2011

Grace opening eyes

Wilcox County may be a small program, but it produces big talent. Georgia already has one alumnae on the roster in cornerback Nick Marshall, and one more in waiting in JUCO wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw.

The UGA coaching staff is continuing to tap the resources out of the Patriot program, most recently eyeing junior Makail Grace.

If the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rings true, Grace's recruitment as a quarterback-made-cornerback should work out flawlessly, much as it did for Marshall.

Grace, who played wide receiver and cornerback last year, took over the reigns at quarterback when Marshall left for Athens. Since switching, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete has been averaging 241.4 passing yards per game, for 21 passing touchdowns over eight games this season.

Grace said that Georgia, Kentucky, and Clemson are all showing interest in him at cornerback, which is the position he said he thinks best suits him at the next level.

"It's kind of hard to throw on me because I'm almost 6'3" and I've been starting since I was a freshman. I kind of know the game," Grace said. "Playing corner, when I play quarterback it helps because I can tell what coverage they be in, like, watching film and stuff."

Joining teammate Jonathan Howard and Outlaw, Grace was in attendance for Georgia's last home game against Mississippi State.

In addition to watching a good game, Grace said he enjoyed the environment in Sanford and was able to see some new Bulldogs who are old friends.

"Oh, the atmosphere was good. There was a lot of people. Our high school crowds are not that big, so it'd be nice to play in front of all those people," Grace said. "I talk to the basketball coach, coach (Mark) Fox and coach (Philip) Pearson, and I know (Bryan) McClendon, he talks to me. I talk to Isaiah (Crowell), he's been telling me it's pretty cool up there."

Grace said he'd definitely be back in Athens, probably for the New Mexico State game and perhaps a few times after that.

He said Georgia is recruiting him the hardest right now, and although he said he'd still like to hear from Alabama and LSU, Athens is definitely a place he'd like to be.

"The coaches, they send me mail, a lot of mail," Grace said. "I'd love to play for them. The coaches there, they are pretty cool, and I know a few of the players."

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