February 17, 2008

Gilliard makes his first trip to UGA

Georgia was one of the first schools to offer Valdosta (Ga.) athlete Michael Gilliard and he quickly put the Dawgs on top of his list. He put UGA on top without even seeing their campus, getting a feel for their environment, or getting to know the coaches. He took his first visit to Athens this weekend to see more of what Georgia is all about.

"As soon as I got there, the coaches talked to me and made me feel welcome," said Gilliard. "It was a real warm welcome and I felt like I fit in there right away."

The coaches that greeted him early were Mike Bobo and Coach Jancek and then Head Coach Mark Richt met with him at the end.

"Coach Jancek is the linebacker's coach and we talked for a while. He did not put any pressure on me about choosing Georgia or anything and he just told me to pray about things and to pick the best school for me. He talked to me about playing linebacker for him and he was real cool."

"Coach Bobo said he was coming back down to my school to see me knock some heads off during spring practice. He is a real cool coach and I told him I would put a show on for him when he comes back down."

"I spent about my last 15-20 minutes there with Coach Richt and that went well. We talked more about personal stuff than football. He asked about my family and things like that. He did ask how I liked Georgia since it was my first time there, but it was mainly other stuff. He is a great guy and I really liked talking to him."

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