Will UGA pick up another commitment on Monday?
Darion Anderson, a 3-star receiver from Houston County High School, will tweet out his decision between UGA and Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Anderson, who claims around 10 early offers, is projected to pick UGA by 100% of the recruiting analysts in the Crystal Ball predictions via 247sports. The Bulldogs already have six commits for 2016.
UGA appeared to gain momentum with Anderson after surprising him with a scholarship offer at last weekend’s Junior Day.
“They told us that Coach Richt wanted to talk to us,” Anderson’s father, Timothy Anderson, told the AJC.
“They took us upstairs to his office. Then we went into a little room and sat down. He (Richt) said ‘I like your son. We’ve been studying his film, we like the way he plays, and I want to offer your son a full scholarship to the University of Georgia. That’s how badly we want him.’
“I was wide-eyed. I asked my son what he thought. He was happy and surprised, too.”
Why does Anderson want to go ahead and commit to a school now? “If I told you that, I would be giving away the secret, wouldn’t I?” his father said with a laugh.
“He has been to certain schools, and this one particular school stood out from the rest. He liked what all the coaches said. When he visited the campus, he liked everything he saw. And certain players he talked to when he was there, they appealed to him.
“So (Darion) was like ‘This is it. This is where I want to go. This is where I’m going to verbally commit to.’
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is rated as the state’s No. 36 overall prospect. This past season as a junior, Anderson was named his Region 2-AAAAA Player of the Year after catching 55 passes for 1,262 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also played defense, registering 62 total tackles.
“He can do things with the ball in his hands that make him real special,” Houston County coach Von Lassiter said. “He has a good work ethic. He’s just a very talented individual.”
Anderson’s coach was informed about an hour before UGA offered last Saturday that it was about to happen. Lassiter got a call from the area recruiter, Bulldogs special teams coach John Lilly.
“They’ve done a good job of recruiting him,” Lassiter said. “They came and watched him play basketball a couple of times. The other schools have done a good job, too.”
Anderson’s other offers include Boston College, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Georgia Southern and Kennesaw State.
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