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March 24, 2014

All in the family

Sprayberry offensive lineman Bailey Sharp didn't have any visits plans all week leading up to Saturday, but that changed on Friday as the talented tackle decided to visit Georgia for the Bulldogs' first full pad practice of the spring.

As a matter of fact, it was the opportunity to see a UGA practice that altered his plans.

"Well I really wanted to see a practice," Sharp said of his last minute plans to make the trip to Athens. "I've been to so many schools just to go and see the campus and then (offensive graduate assistant) Coach (Dan) Inman told me there was a practice so I was like, 'oh ok, I'm going to go see practice."

After bringing his father, Joe, on the first visit to UGA but for his second visit Sharp decided that it was his mom's turn to make the trip.

"It was really cool. I got to see a lot of the practice," he said. "I brought my mom (Stacey) this time and with her there I got to see all of the family oriented stuff that is happening at Georgia. We were really impressed by it."

And what did his father think of Georgia on the first visit to the Classic City?

"He's very impressed with Georgia," he said "Its like with my top three right now, Clemson, Georgia, and Auburn, he likes them all and he highly respects Georgia. I know he wouldn't mind me going there."

During practice Sharp spent the vast majority of his time with the offensive lineman where he got a good look at how Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend and Inman go about their work.

The result of that time spent observing the Georgia assistants is one that is quite positive for the Bulldogs.

"It seemed like I was watching a well-oiled-machine type of practice out there," Sharp said. "Coach Friend is a great coach. He knows what he is doing. He's very smart out there and you just can see he knows what he is doing."

With a top three in place, Sharp says that no teams have been eliminated just yet.In fact, Sharp says that his trio of leaders are all "tied for second place" at this time.

According to Sharp, those three programs top his list for the reasons.

"All three schools are close to family, number one," Sharp said. "Number two, there are just great people at those places. Every time I've been there I've been treated really well and with the utmost respect. I've always had fun at all three places. The third thing is that all three have great education programs."

The Cobb County lineman recently told UGASports that he would make a decision when he felt the time was right, but after visiting a few campuses and taking in the recruiting process, he feels that a decision could come before he begins his senior season.

"I think I'm going to make a decision around mid-summer or the end of the summer," he said. "I think that when I've finally looked at all the schools together and I'll just be able to decide which one fits me best.

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