The next few days are pretty big for Rico McWilliams, one of Georgia’s top college football prospects at defensive back:
Neither UGA nor Georgia Tech were one of McWilliams’ 25 scholarship offers, which included Nebraska, Arkansas, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
“I’m at a Georgia high school, so it kind of bothered me at first that I didn’t get recruited by Georgia or Georgia Tech,” McWilliams told the AJC. “But I look at it like everything happens for a reason. Maybe I didn’t do enough last year for them to recruit me earlier. But I had a good junior season, so I don’t really why.
“I think they are going wish they did recruit me. I’m going to make every school that didn’t recruit me wish that they would have.”
Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said the recruiting approach by UGA and Georgia Tech is nothing new at the Clayton County school. “I think Rico could start at either school right now. He’s a tall and rangy DB that has 4.4 speed and lots of explosiveness.”
“At Lovejoy, we’ve never been recruited early by Georgia or Georgia Tech ever, in the history since I’ve been at the school. We’ve had 159 kids sign to play college football since I’ve been here. One ended up at UGA, Jeremy Lomax. One ended up at Georgia Tech, Tashard Choice. Now a lot of them have been recruited by Georgia and Georgia Tech by the end of the recruiting process, but we seem to be late on the list.”
Does it bother the coach? “No, not at all. I’m happy to see the 159 go on and play college football anywhere,” Hughes said. “I had three play at Auburn and they all got national championship rings. I had two play at Tennessee and start side-by-side for a couple of years on the offense line. It all worked out.”
Back to McWilliams: He talks to South Carolina’s coaches twice per week and has high expectations for Saturday’s game, “We’ve got to beat them Dawgs. Did you see South Carolina come back and beat East Carolina? I think the Gamecocks are going to win by two touchdowns on Saturday.”
Rico has a 3.26 GPA and plans to study Business or Education. He wants to coach high school or college football after playing it.
RELATED: Georgia’s “hottest 2012 prospect,” Lassiter High School’s Kene Orjioke, picked up his fourth scholarship in around a week when North Carolina offered on Wednesday. The 6-4 Orjioke plays safety and outside linebacker and transferred from California over the summer.
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