Like almost every program in the country, Georgia is placing a big time emphasis on the offensive line in their 2013 recruiting class, and one of their top targets is Buford offensive guard Josh Cardiello.
If there was any doubt about that in Cardiello's mind, Georgia made its point when the rising senior visited Athens for UGA's Very Important Dawg event.
"It was a great event, and we had a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches," said Cardiello. "They told me they wanted me to go ahead and jump on board and help recruit other guys. It made me feel great and wanted. I considered doing it, but I realized that now just isn't the time."
Cardiello has taken in multiple junior days in the last few weeks, and Georgia was promoting their VID Day as something a bit different.
According to Cardiello, the Bulldogs accomplished that mission.
"Yeah, it was much different," said Cardiello. "There was a lot more time with the coaches and it was a smaller group," he said. "I spent a lot of time with Coach (Will) Friend and got to know him much better."
The Buford standout told UGASports last month that one of the main things he was looking for in a school was his ability to build a relationship with the coaches.
This visit to Athens certainly gave Georgia a leg up in that aspect of Cardiello's recruitment.
"I already feel like I know the coaches well," he said. "This was a chance to spend time with them more, and I feel that we are definitely off to a great start in that way. Also being only 45 minutes away from the school has helped me understand and get to know the coaches really well, too."
Cardiello made the trip to Athens on Friday night, and spent the night with Georgia offensive lineman and former Buford teammate, Kolton Houston.
Despite the fact that they are a few years apart, Houston and Cardiello are quite close.
"Kolton and I are really close," said Cardiello. "I spent the night with him on Friday, and we had a lot of fun. He was my mentor when I was a freshman, so we know each other really well, and I know he loves it at Georgia."
In his conversations with the coaching staff, Georgia made their plans known for the Peach State lineman.
They also let him know how many offensive linemen they plan to take in 2013.
"They told me that they want me to come in and play center," said Cardiello. "They like me there, but they also said I could play guard too. They told me that they want to take two or three linemen to play on the inside at guard or center."
Cardiello has seen the Classic City on multiple occasions, and has come away impressed each time.
Was this visit to Athens any different than the rest?
"I think it was a lot different," he said. "The group was smaller and we saw a lot of stuff. I think I learned even more about the program, and was able to build more relationships. I had a chance to spend time with Montravius (Adams) and some of the other guys from Rising Seniors that I got to know there. It was a good trip."
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