How close was 5-star Chuma Edoga to flipping to UGA?

OL Chuma Edoga (AJC)

OL Chuma Edoga (AJC)

This year’s crop of elite offensive linemen out of Georgia was one of the best in state history.

And UGA almost kept one of them around home.

Chuma Edoga, a 5-star from McEachern High School, admitted this week that he thought long and hard about flipping from USC to UGA after taking an official visit with the Bulldogs last month.

“At a point, it was close,” Edoga said in a telephone interview from the U.S. Army All-America Bowl. “But I decided to stick with my first choice.

“I think I got caught up in the emotions of the official visit to the UGA and atmosphere. However, in my heart, I felt like USC was the right choice for me.”

Edoga is an early enrollee, and he reports to USC on Jan. 7.

Edoga was also asked about a report that he may consider Michigan after the hiring of Jim Harbaugh.

“(Heck) no, I don’t even know where that came from,” Edoga said.

How did USC come all the way to Georgia to take away one of the state’s best? There were many reasons, but what really sealed the deal is that Edoga’s aunt and uncle live in the Los Angeles area.

“That was really a big factor in keeping me at USC, knowing that I had people out there for me if anything happens,” he said.

The U.S. Army All-America Bowl will be played at 1 p.m Saturday on NBC.

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