September 29, 2008
UGA commitments react to Blackout
The 2008 Georgia/Alabama game in Athens got a lot of nationwide publicity for it's top 10 matchup, and also because of the stadium being blacked out by fans and players. This perfect storm of crowd and exposure was also a great time to bring in one of the best visit lists ever seen in Athens.
The current Bulldog Commits came in not only to witness what a big time SEC game is like, but also to help add to the already impressive incoming class of Bulldogs.
Here are some quotes from what they saw:
- Chris Burnette: "I loved it. It was the first big UGA game I have ever been to even though I have been a Bulldog fan my whole life. Everyone was blacked out and we all had a great time, fans and all, even though the outcome was not what we were hoping for. I really watched the game in the trenches, and honestly they really got manhandled. Alabama really did their thing and we couldn't find an answer for them. I talked to Jarvis and Branden Jarvis is liking Florida right now, but I think he'll come around. Branden seemed to really enjoy himself. Everyone liked the coaches and the atmosphere, it is like a big family, which is important since we all brought our families with us. That is something that is really important to me, and that is what I love about UGA. They take care of their players, on and off the field."
- WaShaun Ealey: "It was a good atmosphere. I liked it and enjoyed myself. They just didn't play the way I thought they would but they showed a lot of pride and played UGAfootball in the 2nd half. I talked to Chase some, he is cool. A lot of the other recruits and commits plan to come back together for the Tennessee game. It is going to be great playing there, those fans really love and stand behind their players."
- Michael Gilliard: "It was crazy just to see the whole stadium in black and was very exciting. At first, the whole team wasn't ready for them, but that comeback got me pumped to suit up and help them win. I talked to Jamal Patterson a lot, even though he is committed to Stanford. I let him know they ain't got anything on Athens and that stadium. I also talked to Jarvis Jones a lot. Aaron Murray was so into the game, he was jacked up and ready to get down there."
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