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There’s a recruiting battle brewing for an offensive tackle who plays ball about a mile from UGA’s Vince Dooley Athletics Complex in Athens. But the Bulldogs aren’t involved in it.
At least not so far.
Alan Posey, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior at Clarke Central High School, received an official scholarship offer from Tennessee this past weekend after traveling to Knoxville for the Volunteers’ junior day. That was offer No. 6 for Posey, who also has been tendered invitations to play football at Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Illinois and Cincinnati.
Getting the offer from UT was particularly pleasing for Posey since the Vols’ head coach (Derek Dooley) and the assistant coach recruiting him (Chuck Smith) are both Clarke Central alums.
“I had never met any of the coaches before, but I had read about those two,” Posey said Sunday. “Being from the same high school, I knew about Coach Smith and Coach Dooley. Their pictures are up on the wall and they’re like legends at Clarke Central. So I was pretty excited to meet them.”
Posey was also impressed with the Vols’ new line coach, Harry Hiestand, who came from the Chicago Bears to serve as assistant head coach.
At this point it appears Georgia Tech might be the team the Vols need to beat for Posey. He said he likes the Yellow Jackets, Tennessee and Clemson.
“Georgia Tech was the first school to offer me,” Posey said. “I talk to Coach [Todd] Spencer a lot. He’s a pretty cool guy and a good o-line coach. They’re definitely in the mix. Being my first offer means something to me. They were the first guys to come up and say ‘we want you to play football for us; we think you have great potential.’ So they’re definitely in the top of the mix.”
Posey also mentioned Maryland prominently. He will have visited all six of the aforementioned campuses by May 4 when he plans to announce a final decision.
Posey originally was planning to attend Georgia’s junior day this past weekend but canceled after the Vols came forth with an invitation late in the week. Having grown up in Athens in the shadows of Sanford Stadium Posey said he is more compelled to go to places he hasn’t seen. He had never been to Knoxville.
But there is clearly some frustration on Posey’s part with the hometown Bulldogs.
“As far as I know they haven’t really attempted to make contact with me or anything,” said Posey, who is considered a top 50 recruit in the state by both Rivals and Scout. “I don’t know if they’re interested or what. I don’t really know what to make of Georgia right now.”
Posey said he grew up a Dogs’ fan and has a closet full of UGA apparel. He estimated he has gone to at least 20 Georgia games, “and I think they’ve only lost like one.” He attended Georgia’s camp last summer and offensive line coach Stacy Searels has been by the school often, so he knows they are aware of him.
“It confuses me,” he said. “I’m like, ‘If you don’t want to talk to me just go ahead and give me a heads up and let me know so I’m not worried about it. If so let me know so we can work it out.’ So I’m not aggravated but it’s kind of a burning question because everybody keeps asking me about it and I don’t really know what to tell them because I don’t know what Georgia wants. But they’ve let a lot of guys slip out of Athens without ever offering them.”"
One of the reasons Posey said he is attracted to Tech, Tennessee and Clemson is they’ll all play Georgia while he’s in college.
“Coming back to Athens and beating Georgia would be pretty exciting,” Posey said. “It’d nice to say, ‘hey, you missed out on me.’”
But Posey hasn’t ruled out the Bulldogs altogether, or any other school for that matter.
“I don’t know, I might go to Georgia if something happens. I might go check their spring practice,” he said. “Anybody else who wants to come talk to me I’m willing to listen.”