Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for the latest twist in the recruiting story of 4-star in-state DE Curtis Fann and his upcoming unofficial visit.
Curtis Fann grew up a UGA fan. He was at G-Day last year as a fan. It wasn’t long before he had an offer from his dream school. Yet somehow along the way, the Bulldogs didn’t recruit him like a few of their SEC rivals did.
It led Fann to believe that maybe sometimes the dream school isn’t the right school to fulfill every player’s dreams. It has to be the right fit.
South Carolina was the first school to offer Fann and they’ve continued to be the most consistent and direct in their pitch to Fann. But now there’s a new twist here. The Bulldogs have picked up their communication to Fann during the last six weeks.
That’s probably the 20-second version of his recruiting story up to this point.
“Yeah, you got it about right,” Fann told DawgNation.
The next chapter will come this weekend. The 4-star weak-side DE, who ranks as the nation’s No. 17 prospect at his position for this cycle, will take an unofficial visit to UGA this weekend.
The Bulldogs have returned into the race for Fann. They contacted him on National Signing Day and even dropped by his school in January. That uptick has likely sparked this weekend’s visit.
Kirby Smart even said something that hit home. That’s even beyond the Bulldogs bringing up a chance for Fann to play OLB in their defense.
“He has just been telling me about what position I can play,” Fann said. “He kind of described me as a Jon Ledbetter type and said I was one of their top guys and he wanted me to come back up there soon.”
The Bulldogs coming back into the race will be an interesting turn.
“It makes it a little more complicated,” he said. “That’s one more extra school that I have to look at. But I think that’s a good thing. I want to pick the school that is the best for me.”
Fann even stated that he was almost at the point of committing a short time ago. If he did, it would have been before the Bulldogs really came back into the mix in this decision.
How the Bulldogs got back into it for Curtis Fann
The 6-foot-3, 246-pound prospect recaps that story very well in his own right.
“After the season was over coach Smart and coach (Glenn) Schumann came by the school,” Fann said. “Then after signing day, they started texting me and communicating with me a little more. They started getting with me on maybe now an everyday or an every other day thing.”
Did the Bulldogs lose ground to a few conference rivals during that stall?
“I really can’t say,” Fann said. “I guess it will depend on how well my visit goes on Saturday.”
That will be Fann’s first trip back to Athens since he camped in Athens last summer. There were not any magic words that sparked the trip.
“It really wasn’t really anything that they said,” Fann said. “It was just the fact they came back and tried to recruit me a little bit more. I just really want to give Georgia another chance here to see if that would be something I would really want to do. I think I am going to have a pretty good time.”
What do the Bulldogs need to show him this weekend?
“I think they just need to spend a little time with me and try to build a strong relationship with me outside of football and just go from there,” Fann said. “Because I think that’s the most important thing is building a relationship with the coaches.”
The Georgia staff texted him on National Signing Day actually. That’s the day the Bulldogs coaches were locking down the nation’s top class for 2018.
“They told me I was one of their top guys,” Fann said. “They actually told me that a little before signing day as well.”
How does he feel about UGA heading into that unofficial visit?
“I still think it is a great school,” Fann said. “I would still love to go there if it is for me. I’m still trying to see that and find the college that is going to fit me the best.”
Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee have worked hard during the last few months to recruit Fann. He has been to visit Auburn and South Carolina so far this year.
The Gamecocks are recruiting him the hardest right now.
“I have a great relationship with all their coaches,” Fann said. “We talk just about every single day and coach (Will) Muschamp takes a lot of his time out to text me and talk to me personally. That’s something that no one else has done yet.”
Whatever happened to?
There’s one thing we didn’t too that great of a job during out post-signing day coverage? That would be to update what happened to a few UGA commits and former signees that didn’t wind up in Athens.
Which schools did those one-time Bulldogs pledges wind up signing with? Here’s a quick-and-the-point summation of a few of the major names.
- OT Max Wray: Ohio State
- OT D’antne Demery (2016 signee): Florida International
- WR Elijah Moore: Ole Miss
- OLB Caleb Tannor: Nebraska
- S/OLB Aaron Brule‘: Mississippi State
- DE/OLB Jaevon Becton: Virginia Tech
- S Rachad Wildgoose Jr: Wisconsin
- ILB Donovan Georges: Florida International
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