Wide receiver Christian Conley of North Paulding High School committed to the University of Georgia this morning.
According to head coach Heath Webb said, Conley made the announcement to teammates, coaches, friends and family “in an intimate setting at the North Paulding fieldhouse early Friday morning.”
“You know, Chris, he’s one of a kind,” Webb told me. “He’s kind of a low-key kid and that’s the way he wanted to do it. He came to school this morning and we called all his teammates down to the clubhouse and that’s when he told them.”
Conley issued a statement through his coach but has asked to be shielded from interviews until Monday so that his decision can “be a celebration within the Wolfpack family,” Webb said.
Here is Conley’s statement:
“Today my family and I are ending my recruitment. This decision was reached through much traveling and research but ultimately prayer. Through all of this, I have come to decide that I will be attending the University of Georgia.
“Throughout this process I wouldn’t have made it to where I am without a special group of people being around me. Publicly I would like to thank: my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God the Father, my Dad, Mom, Brother and Sister, my Coaches, my Teammates, the Administration, Faculty, and Staff of North Paulding High School, my Church family at Trinity Chapel Church of God, and the Paulding County Community.
“In keeping with my beliefs, I want my yes to be yes and my no to be no. Therefore, as of today, I will discontinue my contact with all schools other than UGA.
“Now that this step in the process is behind me, my focus will be devoted to my Wolfpack family as we prepare to finish strong this 2010 season on the field and in the classroom.”
Conley, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete, is considered among the top wide receivers in Georgia for the Class of 2011. He had around a dozen scholarship offers, most of them coming late in his junior season when he hauled in 81 passes for 848 yards and six touchdowns for North Paulding. Recruiting interest increased after the New Year when Conley ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash and had an MVP performance at a Scout.com combine. He is also an “A” student who will graduate early from high school and enroll in college in January.
Webb said Alabama was the runner-up for Conley, who also had offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Stanford and Tennessee. But he had long held a special affection for the Bulldogs.
“They offered him way back in June,” Webb said. “So it was one of those deals where he felt like he’d been in the recruiting process long enough. He said he’d come to a decision and he was at peace about it. He just had a connection with Coach Richt. He’s a Coach Richt kind of kid.”
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