Former FSU linebacker spotted at UGA (UPDATED)

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 19:  Ukeme Eligwe #52 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after sacking Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ukeme Eligwe (52) of Florida State, shown after he sacked Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in 2013, visited UGA on Thursday. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former AJC Super 11 linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, who was dismissed from FSU for a violation of team rules last season, was a surprise visitor at UGA on Thursday.

The former Stone Mountain star accompanied some of his former high school coaches to UGA’s 7-on-7 tournament.

Eligwe starred at Stone Mountain High School in 2012, and he ended up signing with FSU, even though he was heavily recruited by UGA. Eligwe liked the Bulldogs enough to take an official visit after committing to FSU that year.

Last November, Eligwe was dismissed from FSU for an undisclosed rules violation. In 2013, Eligwe played in a reserve role for then-FSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who works now in the same capacity for UGA.

What about UGA and Eligwe? It is unknown what type of interest the Bulldogs have in Eligwe. The Bulldogs are tight on overall scholarship numbers after signing 29 recruits this past year.

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“I think Georgia likes him, but anything after that is to be determined … I know (Eligwe) is very interested in Georgia,” his former coach at Stone Mountain, Dante Ferguson, told the AJC.

Ferguson now coaches at Arabia Mountain High, and Eligwe made Thursday’s surprise visit after riding to UGA with another one of Arabia Mountain’s coaches.

At FSU, Eligwe was red-shirted for the 2012 season, and missed almost all of last season with an injury. He’s trying to get a medical hardship so he would have two seasons of FBS eligibility after sitting out next season. Eligwe could also transfer down to FCS and play immediately.

Ferguson said his former star is also interested in Georgia Southern and Samford, among others.

“We had a chance to talk about what happened at Florida State, which was unfortunate,” Ferguson said, without offering specifics. “The good thing is that the Lord will bless him with another chance. I know he will take advantage of it … because the stuff I heard out of Florida State, that didn’t sound like the guy who left us. He’s a good kid, and never got in any trouble.

“If he goes to Georgia or Georgia Southern or wherever, they’re going to get a great player. I can’t wait to see him get on the field.”


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