As Georgia coaches forge ahead into recruiting for the class of 2011, no doubt wide receiver is going to be one of the positions that receive special attention.
No doubt the Bulldogs would love to add North Paulding standout Chris Conley into the fold.
At 6-3 and 180 pounds, Conley already has offers from seven big-time programs, a list that is certain to grow as some are projecting the rising senior to perhaps be the state's top receiver come fall.
But it's the school that made Conley his first offer that appears to have the early advantage for his signature - Georgia.
"Definitely with Coach (Mark) Richt, his staff; they've set the bar high," Conley said in an interview with UGASports. "Georgia is a world-class program, a world-class school. They have men of high character and those are the kind of people I enjoy being around. Combine that with the facilities, their record, Georgia has definitely set a high bar in terms of what I'm looking for."
Still, Conley says he's going to take his time before making his final choice.
He's got trips planned for Clemson, Alabama and Georgia Tech this spring before sitting down with his family to make his final choice.
Conley attended Georgia's annual Junior Day three weeks ago.
"It was a good Junior Day. I got to spend time with the people, see the school again and I got to reassess what Georgia has to offer," he said. "It was a very good visit for me. I got to sit down with Coach (Mike) Bobo and Coach (Tony) Ball for a good amount of time. I talked with Coach Bobo about the offense and what they are looking to do with their game plan in the future."
Conley said he speaks with Bulldog brass often.
That includes a recent post-signing day conversation when coaches assured Conley how much they hoped he would join the program.
"They made it a point that they don't really care who didn't come here, they care more about the people who did stick with their commitments," Conley said. "Basically, they said the opportunity is there at Georgia to come and make an impact young. They definitely let me know that and that's something I have to take into consideration."
Conley has certainly been consistent his past two seasons at North Paulding.
After catching 70 passes for 959 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore, he made 81 grabs for 845 yards and six touchdowns last year.
But he's not satisfied.
"I'm really looking to improve my quickness and my explosiveness," he said. "I like what I can do with my routes and my hands, but I'm looking to improve that explosiveness once I catch the ball and make that first guy miss. I want to have that explosiveness and running power for the long haul."
Conley said he'll never take his talent for granted.
He'll always strive to be the best he can.
"My parents taught me about having drive and having discipline," he said. "Being at this stage in my career is very humbling to think about, but I also know that anyone could be in my shoes so I'm thankful for the position I'm in. I'm not there yet, I still have things to improve and work for. But that keeps me going because there's always going to be somebody else out there working just as hard."
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