Georgia coach Mark Richt showed off his salesmanship skills on Saturday, both offering and landing a commitment from one of the state’s top punters within minutes.
Cartersville High School’s Colin Barber committed to the Bulldogs after working out in front of Richt and the rest of his staff at UGA camp. It was Barber’s first offer and he quickly accepted it. The day before, Pierce County fullback Quayvon Hicks pledged to Georgia (go here for story).
“Georgia was one of several one-day camps that Colin was going to attend this summer,” Cartersville coach Frank Barden told the AJC.
“He punted very well on Saturday. He had about 25 punts, including about 5-6 with a hang time of 5 seconds or more. He had a good workout. Coach Richt took Colin and his mother off the side afterwards and made the offer.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder averaged around 43 yards per punt last season. He is also Cartersville’s kicker, and placed 80-percent of his kickoffs into the end zone. He set the school record with a 54-yard field goal. He will punt at Georgia.
“I think Coach Richt did an excellent job selling it,” Barden said. “Obviously, with [current Georgia punter] Drew Butler being a senior, Georgia is looking for a punter. It’s a situation where Colin has the opportunity to come in as a freshman and be the punter. Colin is really excited about staying instate and playing for Georgia.”
Barber’s leg is so strong it controls field position in games for Cartersville. “He can change a game easily,” Barden said. “He’s a big-time weapon, I mean big-time.”
Georgia was the first summer camp for Barber, who was also lined up to go to Clemson, Alabama and Florida State. After Saturday’s commitment to Georgia, Barber canceled those trips.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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