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Lifelong UGA fan has creative way to commit on Saturday

4-star Jordan Colbert (Michael Carvell/AJC)

4-star Jordan Colbert (Michael Carvell/AJC)

One of the state’s top prospects at safety has come up with a creative way of announcing his college decision.

After Griffin High School’s Jordan Colbert competes in a track meet on Saturday morning, he’s going to drive to the campus of his chosen college to reveal his decision to the coaching staff.

Colbert, who is a lifelong UGA fan, said his finalists are Clemson, the Bulldogs, Auburn and Florida State.

“It will probably be around 7 p.m. on Saturday, but it could be earlier,” Colbert said. “I’m going to commit to the head coach in person. We’ve already got it set up.”

In case you’re doing the math, Colbert’s track meet is at Rutland High School near Macon. The distance from Clemson is three hours, UGA is two hours, Auburn is two hours and Florida State is three hours.

“I’m just at a point right now where I’ve already got my mind up,” Colbert said. “I’ve already got a clear view of how I want to perceive my life in college. I already know which college is going to best fit me.”

What’s the most important factor in Colbert’s decision? “My main thing is a family atmosphere. I need to go to a place that’s a family atmosphere – where the coaches, the players, and the fans are like one big family.”

Here’s Colbert on his finalists:

  • Clemson, which had been his early leader. “I like Clemson’s coaching staff. They make you feel welcome when you come there. I haven’t gotten the ‘family feeling’ yet, but it’s still good feeling when you go to the campus.”
  • UGA: “Everybody knows I grew up a Georgia fan, so Georgia is always going to be a contender.” Colbert hasn’t visited UGA’s campus since his sophomore year of high school. He was supposed to go there on Thursday but had to cancel due to track practice. “Saturday’s meet is to qualify for the state championships.” His father did talk to UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt over the phone for an hour on Wednesday night.
  • Auburn: “One of the main things is going to college with a family atmosphere. I want a family atmosphere with the football coaches, the players and the fans. Auburn makes you feel like you are at home.” Colbert has made 8-9 unofficial visits to Auburn and was recruiting on behalf of the Tigers at last Saturday’s scrimmage.
  • FSU: “I like Florida State because they won it all.” Colbert has never visited FSU’s campus.

All four finalists are recruiting Colbert as either a safety or outside linebacker, with the possibility of playing H-Back if it doesn’t work out on defense. He is rated as the state’s No. 18 overall prospect.

“I don’t care where they play me in college, as long as I can get on the field and help my team win,” Colbert said.

Colbert plans to major in Communications, and said his future college has already been working with him to make sure he takes the right courses.

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