Basketball: UGA recruiting target discusses official visit with Bulldogs

Milton's Julian Royal (AJC)

Will it be UGA vs. Georgia Tech for Milton's Julian Royal? (AJC)

Milton High’s Julian Royal, who is ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 basketball players, took an official visit to UGA over the holiday weekend.

The 6-foot-9 power forward has narrowed down to UGA, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.

“It was a great visit to Georgia, as Coach [Mark] Fox and his staff were very cordial,” said his father, Charles Royal. “We went to the football game, and anytime the Bulldogs kill somebody like that, it’s a great day in the Bulldog Country.”

Georgia was the first of three official visits for Royal. He will take a recruiting trip to Georgia Tech on Oct. 1 and Wake Forest on Oct. 3.

Was Royal tempted to commit to Georgia before leaving campus? The elder Royal said while his son was impressed with UGA, he will make all three visits before reaching his college decision.

“We all know that when you go on these visits, everybody puts their best foot forward, and you don’t want it to be an emotional decision,” the elder Royal said.
“You have to sit down and compare apples to apples and see who has the best program. We’re going to grade everybody on what they do well and don’t do well. No program is perfect. We’re going to weigh out everything, and Julian will make the best decision for him.”

“We all know that when you go on these visits, everybody puts their best foot forward, and you don’t want it to be an emotional decision.”

“You have to sit down and compare apples to apples and see who has the best program. We’re going to grade everybody on what they do well and don’t do well. No program is perfect. We’re going to weigh out everything, and Julian will make the best decision for him.”

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15 comments Add your comment

Coach D

September 7th, 2010
5:51 am

UGA all the way!… First!

south

September 7th, 2010
6:30 am

Hope he becomes a Dawg, but glad he will take all of his visits.

GO DAWGS!!

The last place you visit...

September 7th, 2010
7:03 am

…is the one freshest in the kid’s mind, so look for Wake to get the pick – he visits there on Oct. 3, and signing day is October 5th, so it appears that this may be a done deal based on the scheduling of his trips.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 7th, 2010
7:43 am

He would be a backup at Wake for his 1st two years….. he can start at UGA his 2nd year. Hewitt is on the hot seat and I don’t think he will go to Tech knowing that there will likely be a coaching change in 2012.

Signing day Oct. 5???

September 7th, 2010
8:23 am

I thought early signing was always in November

Me

September 7th, 2010
8:54 am

That headline is inaccurate. It’s not the recruiting target discussing his visit, it’s the recruiting target’s father.

Go Grove

September 7th, 2010
9:17 am

Michael, you need to congratulate Locust Grove on picking up their first win in school history. Apparently, Tift County was using ineligible players from another county, and the game earlier this year has been forfeited. Way-to-go Grove.

AfghanHound

September 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

UGa vs Tech fighting over a bb player is like Duke and Md fighting over a football player. Four lightweights in those respective sports going after a 3-plus star recruit.

Ted Striker

September 7th, 2010
12:37 pm

Glad the guy is taking all his visits to the schools that interest him. That’s the responsible way to ensure you end up at the institution that is the best fit for all parties.

p.s. Hope to see Julian Royal in Athens wearing the red and black someday.

Left to Right

September 7th, 2010
1:54 pm

The Dawgs want you Julian!

bill_in_atl

September 7th, 2010
3:12 pm

AfghanHound, the kid is top 15 PF and is 4-star by Rivals and Scout. You can say what you like about those 4 programs, but at least tell the truth about Julian’s credentials.

I’m certainly no fan of Tech, but they did play for a national title a few years ago and they will be very formidable again when they finally replace Hewitt.

UGA has had very little success lately for obvious reasons, but no rational person could deny that the future looks pretty bright in Athens. Signing 5 star recruits and having two near lottery level draft picks coming out after this year are a sign of things to come.

hello

September 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

Well its pretty obvious that AfghanHound doesn’t know much about college basketball. GT is in the top ten of NBA talent producing schools and they just played for a National Title 6 years ago. They may have sucked before 1980 but since then Georgia Tech has been a pretty major player in college basketball and the NCAA Tournament.

High Hopes

September 7th, 2010
6:56 pm

Pretty much a done deal for Tech.

nice

September 8th, 2010
12:44 am

Pretty much a done deal for UGA

michael

September 10th, 2010
8:19 am

last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!