Posted: 11:50 pm Friday, April 18th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA will have to wait until at least next week before officially adding another member to its 2015 recruiting class.
Quincy Vasser, a defensive end out of a Texas junior college, tweeted on Thursday night that he had committed to UGA. The news spread quickly on Twitter, and was reported by many recruiting websites.
There was some confusion because traditionally at UGA, recruits have to talk over the phone or meet with Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt first before the commitment is officially accepted. Vasser hasn’t talked to Richt, and the New York native has never been to Georgia.
On Friday, Vasser’s coach called new UGA linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer in an attempt to clear up the confusion. Scherrer was the assistant who made the offer on behalf of the Bulldogs earlier this week (Most offers traditionally come from Richt).
“I guess you could say that everything is ‘unofficial’ right now,” Brian Mayper, the coach at Navarro junior college.
“I know Georgia wants him there. But I don’t think (the commitment) is a done deal until they have a chance to review his paperwork and until Quincy talks to the head coach and defensive coordinator.
“Once all that happens, if everything goes through, then he’s good to go.”
Vasser’s academic transcript couldn’t be sent to UGA on Friday because school was closed due to the holiday. It will be faxed on Monday. “His grades shouldn’t be a problem,” Mayper said. “He’s got a 3.7 GPA, if not higher. He takes his schoolwork seriously. He’s a good kid, and has never gotten into any trouble here.”
On Friday, Vasser told the AJC he was informed by Sherrer that after UGA reviews his transcripts next week, he’ll likely get to talk with Richt and new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt over the phone. Vasser said Richt has already followed him on Twitter.
“I’m excited about Georgia, and I’m ready to make everything official,” Vasser said.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder said he committed to Georgia over an offer from Maryland, and also had interest from Pitt, Ole Miss, and Florida State. He said he got an email from Alabama on Thursday night within 30 minutes of his UGA tweet.
Why UGA? “It’s a huge school, and I’ve always wanted to play in the SEC,” Vasser said. “Why not? I get the opportunity to play with two of my boys from prep school.”
Vasser played with current UGA players John Atkins and Leonard Floyd at Virginia’s Hargrave prep school during the 2012 season. Vasser enrolled at Navarro last year, and registered 26 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 12 games.
“He has got to be one of the top defensive linemen coming out of junior college this year,” Mayper said. “We’ve had some good ones at Navarro, and Quincy is one of them. He’s pretty special player.
“He’s definitely an SEC-type player. He’s strong, he’s really physical, and he’s got good foot speed and good hand speed. He just always makes plays.”
Vasser will graduate from Navarro next December, and have three years to play two seasons at the major-college level.
UGA’s courtship of Vasser, if it sticks, was fast and furious — and did not follow the same procedure of most other commitments under Richt. Vasser has never been to Georgia, has never talked to Richt on the phone, and has never met any Georgia coaches in person. There’s really not much of an existing relationship between Vasser and UGA, other than a few phone calls with Sherrer and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
Vasser said he plans to make an unofficial visit to UGA in June.
Video below is from Vasser’s senior year at Nyack high school in New York.
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