September 11, 2013

Dawgs in high regard

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McEachern offensive lineman Chuma Edoga has been hard at work.

He and his teammates had gotten the season off to a 2-0 start over a couple of solid GHSA AAAAAA opponents, and Saturday was a chance for the 2015 Rivals250 watch list member to take it easy for a day.

Edoga decided to do just that as a guest of the Georgia for its 41-30 victory over South Carolina, and the talented junior came away impressed.

"It was pretty exciting. It was my first game [at Georgia]. I liked it," Edoga said of his experience at UGA. "I had a fun time. The crowd was really loud with a great atmosphere. The student section was amazing. That was like the best student section I have seen at any college game. That was really cool. I also got to talk to Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach [Will] Friend before and after the game."

The Georgia coaching staff made sure to let the McEachern standout know just how much he is wanted in Athens.

"They were just telling me that they were glad that I was there and they are going to keep heavily recruiting me," he said. "They told me that I need to keep coming back so that I can make UGA feel like home. The coaches were saying that if I come to Georgia, I could compete for that left tackle spot as a freshman or maybe the next year as a sophomore. I feel like if I went there it would be a great opportunity to play early."

Edoga has held the Bulldogs in high regard since he received a UGA offer at Dawg Night in July. His experience Saturday in the Classic City only helped Georgia's case.

"It improved Georgia's chances a lot," Edoga said. "Seeing how the games are and how the fans are, it would be great to play in a stadium like that around those types of fans. It really boosted Georgia's position for me."

Before the visit to Georgia, Edoga had publicly stated on numerous occasions that Tennessee was his leader followed by Georgia.

As things often do in recruiting, his top schools have changed, but he claims no leader.

"I really cut out the top five thing because I have a lot of schools that I like and I didn't want to leave anyone out," he said of his top schools. "So I had to just take a look at who my favorites are and stuff like that. Everyone is about the same right now but the schools at the top are probably Georgia, Ohio State, and Oregon."

Those three schools are high on Edoga's list for a reason.

"With those schools, the coaches are showing a lot of love," Edoga said. "I've been interested in those schools since I was little. They are showing me good opportunity to play early, so that seems like a great opportunity for me."

Edoga's teammate, Taj Griffin, is also a member of the 2015 Rivals250 watch list as a running back. Georgia is widely considered as the leader for Griffin, and Edoga says that the two want to play together at the next level.

"It affects me a little bit," Edoga said when asked if Griffin's high interest in Georgia affects his recruitment. "We have been talking about it recently and we plan on going to the same school. With Georgia, they are up there in high consideration for both of us so that affects me."

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