Georgia’s recruitment and signing of wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw lasted about an hour or so.
Outlaw, a 6-foot-6, 201-pound athlete who gets just a two-star rating from Scout.com, signed with the Bulldogs Wednesday morning. His decision came barely an hour after getting a scholarship offer, according to Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford.
But Outlaw, he said, is going to be a steal for the Bulldogs.
“He’s a player and I think he has great potential,” Ledford said. “He’s probably 6-7, he catches the ball with his hands and his route-running has improved tremendously. He showed in the state championship game there at the [Georgia] Dome what kind of player he is.”
Outlaw caught 41 passes for 829 yards and 6 TDs for Wilcox County, which won the Class A state championship. He had 10 TDs as a junior.
The problem, Ledford said, is Outlaw is not going to qualify for freshman admission.
“It’s not that he’s a poor student,” Ledford said. “He’s going to be short on credits. He just hasn’t been taking college prep courses until now. That’s why he’s not on more people’s lists.”
Outlaw will attend Georgia Military College in Milledgeville the next two years.
Ledford said the Bulldogs’ offer for Outlaw did not come until Wednesday morning. He said Georgia coach Mark Richt and his staff came down to Rochelle to watch Outlaw’s quarterback teammate — junior Nick Marshall – in a basketball game.
“It just so happened Lonnie had one of his best games,” Ledford said. “I think he scored 29 or 32 points or something like that. They could tell what kind of athlete he is.”
When Georgia came forth with the late offer Wednesday, Ledford had to call Outlaw’s parents and summon them to the school to discuss the situation and, if willing, get them to sign a letter-of-intent.
“Thirty mnutes later it was done,” Ledford said.