December 13, 2011

Ready to be a Dawg

Jenkins County defensive end James Deloach has made the trip to Athens several times of the past year.

He visited unofficially before he committed to the Bulldogs in early summer, and he has taken even more visits since he made that pledge.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that it would be tough for UGA to catch the three star prospect off guard, but his official visit to Athens for the Football Gala was full of surprises.

"It was way more than I expected," said Deloach. "The Gala was so nice, and I had so much more fun than I thought I would have. I knew I was going to have fun, but it was just had me speechless."

Deloach was hosted by outside linebacker Sterling Bailey, and the Peach State star had high praise for his host and other UGA players.

"Sterling (Bailey) was a cool guy really," he said. I hung out with him, John Jenkins, and Ray Drew, and they were just cool down to earth guys. Ray is so funny, man."

The Jenkins County prospect is projected to be a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level, but, on this visit, he spent a great deal of time with another coach.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach (Kirk) Olivadotti," said Deloach. "Of all of the coaches, he is the most down to earth and relaxed. It's very impressive that he has seen and coached so many guys in the NFL and that he could prepare me for the league. I know they have told me mostly about playing outside linebacker, but I think they are looking at me to play inside linebacker too."

A possible position change could change a recruits attitude, but not Deloach.

"I'll play wherever they want me," he said. "I'll play inside or outside or put my hand on the ground. I'll do whatever I can to help."

Deloach had a great time bonding with current players and coaches, but he also made it a point to get to know some of the committed and uncommitted prospects as well.

"I hung out a lot with Avery Young and that tackle that is committed to Alabama (Brandon Greene)," he said. "Those are some real cool dudes. I also hung out a lot with Chester Brown, Blake Tibbs, and Quayvon Hicks too."

One thing is for sure, this visit created a great deal of excitement for the Georgia commit.

"Man, if I could leave right now and move to Athens, I would," he said. "I just can't wait to get up there and get my classes in order, start working out, and get in shape. I'm just so ready to be a Bulldog."

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