Posted: 9:55 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA offered two more players off one of the state’s best high school football programs.
Griffin High School safety Jordan Colbert and wide receiver Keyston Fuller both got the news from the Bulldogs coaches this week. Both are “athlete” prospects who could play multiple positions in college.
That makes a total of four Griffin rising seniors with UGA offers, including wide receivers Christian Owens (who has committed to the Bulldogs) and Trey Willis.
Last December, Griffin rallied from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Carrollton 56-35 for the Class AAAA state championship.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Colbert was one of the state’s most heavily-recruited prospects without an UGA offer — until he talked to new Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt for an hour on Wednesday night.
“It was a game-changer,” Colbert said in a text message about the UGA offer.
At least a half-dozen times or more, Colbert had been scheduled to make unofficial visits, but had to cancel for one reason or another, including twice for track, two other times because of school work, and once because of a makeup basketball game due to the snow.
“They’ve just been waiting on Jordan to come to Athens,” said his father, Marco Colbert. “And Jordan’s schedule just wasn’t feasible for us to get over to Athens when they wanted us to get over there. With him running track and all this other stuff, it didn’t work out. But they finally called us. They wanted him to offer him the day before, but I wouldn’t let them wake up him. He had to get some rest for his region track meet. He was rested for the region track meet, and it paid off. He won the triple jump.”
Colbert is a 4-star with a dozen early offers, including Clemson, Auburn and Alabama. He grew up as a UGA fan, and has Bulldogs gear in his bedroom. There were rumors that UGA had waited too long to offer after the out-of-state competition, but his father said Thursday that the timing was fine.
“Now it’s not the same excitement as if Georgia would’ve offered Jordan a long time ago, but we understand; It is what it is,” Colbert said. “Georgia knows what they are doing, and I like how they are doing it. They’ve got his cousin, Owens. They’ve offered his classmates, Fuller and Willis. And if they hire (DeVoursney), that would make a big, big difference.”
Steve DeVoursney, who resigned as Griffin’s coach last week, may apply for a quality control position at UGA, according to a couple of players.
Back to Colbert: His top five schools are Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn and Florida State. It appeared that Clemson was the early frontrunner, but that may no longer be the case.
“You tell me?” his father said. “If you know teenagers, they change their mind like the weather. All I can tell you is that every school that Jordan has visited, he has wanted to commit to. It’s good that he has parents.”
What’s next? Colbert will visit Auburn’s scrimmage on Saturday, and may be joined by Owens. Then he is expected to make his first unofficial visit this spring to UGA next week, as early as Monday.
“I’m happy for Jordan with the Georgia offer,” his father said. “It has been a long time coming. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. We’ll go down there now, and I look forward to a long conversation with Coach Richt.”
Colbert is projected as a safety or outside linebacker by UGA, while Fuller would get looks at wide receiver or defensive back.
The 6-1, 175-pound Fuller is a 3-star prospect who lists Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson and Nebraska as his other top offers.
“I was just shocked because I’ve always wanted to play at UGA since I was a little kid, seeing the red and black on the field,” Fuller said. “There was just something about it. I was really speechless on the phone when they offered – well, other than saying ‘Thank you.’”
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