March 22, 2009

Dawgs in Benedict's Final Three?

To say that 2010 prospect Brent Benedict came away impressed from his visit to Georgia for Saturday's Junior Day would be an understatement.

Although he doesn't anticipate making a final decision anytime real soon, the four-star offensive tackle from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. has Georgia right at the top of his list.

"Georgia is definitely going to be on the list of final three," the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder said. "I was just very impressed from what I've seen. Obviously, it's a very good football program but academically it's outstanding as well. I was definitely impressed."

Benedict, who also holds offers from among others Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State and Clemson, said he does have a time frame when he'll make his final three official.

"I'll narrow it down to three before my senior season," Benedict said. "The main reason, by then having to focus on just three I'll be better able to focus on getting us (Bolles) another state championship. I'll probably wind up committing sometimes after the season. I'll just need to make sure my final decision is going to be the right one."

Ironically, Benedict had no idea that his trip to Athens with his father would coincide with Junior Day.

Back in February, Benedict told UGASports that he would spend his spring break traveling up the east coast to visit some schools en route to a family reunion.

A native of Greenville, S.C., Benedict also plans on stopping by Clemson and North Carolina, among others.

"It was kind of funny. I just called up Coach (Stacy) Searels and told me it was Junior Day so I guess I picked a good day," Benedict said. "It worked out great."

Bulldog fullback and fellow Bolles School grad Shaun Chapas gave Benedict and his father the grand tour of the campus.

Benedict said he appreciated the gesture.

"Shaun showed us around and that was pretty neat," he said. "He's a Bolles guy also, my parents are good friends with his parents and I've met him several occasions."

Benedict laughed that Chapas didn't try to twist his arm too much.

Instead, the current Bulldog pointed out all the good features about Georgia and offered some advice as to how he went about making his final decision.

"He told me when he came of Bolles he was looking for a school with a good football program and good academic background," Benedict said. "He told me what he was looking for and why Georgia was best for him. I have to agree. It's definitely a great school with a good academic reputation."

After watching Saturday's workout at Sanford Stadium, Benedict returned to the Butts-Mehre Building where he met some more with Searels and had a 30-minute meeting with head coach Mark Richt.

"Coach Searels is definitely high energy, someone who reinforces what he's teaching and is a very fair coach," Benedict said. "I loved watching him coach."

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