Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Wednesday calls for the latest twist in the recruiting story of 4-star in-state defensive end Curtis Fann and his upcoming unofficial visit.
Curtis Fann grew up a UGA fan. He was at G-Day last year as a fan. It wasn’t long before he had an offer from his dream school. Yet somehow along the way, the Bulldogs didn’t recruit him the way a few of their SEC rivals did.
It led Fann to believe that maybe sometimes the dream school isn’t the right school to fulfill every player’s dreams. It has to be the right fit.
South Carolina was the first school to offer Fann, and it has continued to be the most consistent and direct in its pitch to Fann. But now there is a new twist: The Bulldogs have picked up their communication with Fann during the last six weeks.
That is probably the 20-second version of his recruiting story to this point.
“Yeah, you got it about right,” Fann told DawgNation.
The next chapter will come this weekend. The 4-star weakside defensive end, who ranks as the nation’s No. 17 prospect at his position for the 2019 cycle, will take an unofficial visit to UGA this weekend.
The Bulldogs have re-entered the race for Fann, who plays at Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, Ga. They contacted him on National Signing Day and even dropped by his school in January. That uptick likely sparked the visit this weekend.
Kirby Smart said something that hit home. That is even beyond the Bulldogs bringing up that Fann could play outside linebacker in their defense.
“He has just been telling me about what position I can play,” Fann said. “He kind of described me as a Jon Ledbetter type and said I was one of their top guys and he wanted me to come back up there soon.”
The Bulldogs coming back into the race could make things interesting.
“It makes it a little more complicated,” he said. “That’s one more extra school that I have to look at. But I think that’s a good thing. I want to pick the school that is the best for me.”
Fann said he was almost at the point of committing a short time ago. If he had, it would have been before the Bulldogs really came back into the mix.
How the Bulldogs got back into contention for Curtis Fann
The 6-foot-3, 246-pound prospect recaps that story well.
“After the season was over Coach Smart and coach [Glenn] Schumann came by the school,” Fann said. “Then after Signing Day, they started texting me and communicating with me a little more. They started getting with me on maybe now an everyday or an every-other-day thing.”
Did the Bulldogs lose ground to a few conference rivals during that stall?
“I really can’t say,” Fann said. “I guess it will depend on how well my visit goes on Saturday.”
That will be Fann’s first trip to Athens since he camped at UGA last summer. There were not any magic words that sparked the trip.
“It really wasn’t really anything that they said,” Fann said. “It was just the fact they came back and tried to recruit me a little bit more. I just really want to give Georgia another chance here to see if that would be something I would really want to do. I think I am going to have a pretty good time.”
What do the Bulldogs need to show him this weekend?
“I think they just need to spend a little time with me and try to build a strong relationship with me outside of football and just go from there,” Fann said. “Because I think that’s the most important thing is building a relationship with the coaches.”
The Georgia staff texted him on National Signing Day ― the day the Bulldogs coaches were locking down the nation’s top class for 2018.
“They told me I was one of their top guys,” Fann said. “They actually told me that a little before Signing Day as well.”
How does he feel about UGA heading into his unofficial visit?
“I still think it is a great school,” Fann said. “I would still love to go there if it is for me. I’m still trying to see that and find the college that is going to fit me the best.”
Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee have worked hard during the last few months to recruit Fann. He has been to visit Auburn and South Carolina so far this year.
The Gamecocks are recruiting him the hardest now.
“I have a great relationship with all their coaches,” Fann said. “We talk just about every single day, and coach [Will] Muschamp takes a lot of his time out to text me and talk to me personally. That’s something that no one else has done yet.”
Whatever happened to?
There is one thing we didn’t do that great of a job during our post-Signing Day coverage: update what happened to a few UGA commits and former signees who didn’t wind up in Athens.
Which schools did those one-time Bulldogs pledges wind up signing with? Here is a quick summation of a few of the major names:
- T Max Wray: Ohio State
- T D’antne Demery (2016 signee): Florida International
- WR Elijah Moore: Ole Miss
- OLB Caleb Tannor: Nebraska
- S/OLB Aaron Brule‘: Mississippi State
- DE/OLB Jaevon Becton: Virginia Tech
- S Rachad Wildgoose Jr: Wisconsin
- ILB Donovan Georges: Florida International
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