ATHENS — “Big Dave” Uiagalelei, father of Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, was along for the ride when his nephew Nicholaus “Nico Iamaleava and son Matayo toured the Georgia campus and the football facilities.
“This was my first time, and they were incredible, Georgia rolled out the red carpet,” Uiagalelei said. “They all knew I was D.J.’s dad, so I had to tell them I wanted to apologize in advance of the game, haha!”
Big Dave took the time to share some video of the bus tour portion on his Twitter account, another indication of his fun-loving approach to recruiting.
That said, Big Dave Mae it clear Georgia’s new $80 million football building is indeed competitive with Clemson’s $55 million, trendsetting state-of-the-art football building, though he stopped short of declaring which one was nicer,
“They aren’t finished with it, but what they have in the first phase looked amazing,” Uiagalelei said of the Georgia building. “I’ve heard it’s the biggest weight room in the country. The locker room looked amazing.
“They are still working on it. A lot of the stuff they have there is in the first phase, so we were very impressed.”
Monken Tour Guide
Iamaleava, meanwhile, was impressed with the Georgia coaching staff.
“Coach (Todd) Monken was actually our tour guide around the facility,” Iamaleava said. “I loved both of those coaches, Coach Smart and Coach Monken. They were just great guys, and they made me feel real comfortable.”
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels also made his way up to the facility to meet Iamaleava and get a picture taken with him.