DJ Lundy had an eventful official visit over the weekend. It was part-game show, part-cooking show and part-decide if he wants to join the show at Sanford Stadium, too.
The 3-star ATH said Georgia coach Kirby Smart did a lot of things over the weekend to get the 11 official visitors out of their comfort zones.
There was a cooking contest. Lundy whipped up a Hibachi-style meal. There was also some axe-throwing, but he won’t soon forget the “Family Feud” style game they played.
His opponent hit the buzzer first, but got one of those strikes that will make Steve Harvey wince.
Lundy didn’t. His reply to the query “What melts when it gets hot” was the No. 1 answer on the board.
“The top answer was ice,” Lundy said.
He won that face-off and his team went on to win the “OV Feud” this weekend. Colquitt County RB Daijun Edwards, preferred walk-on DT Cade Brock and a couple other commits were a part of that winning team.
Lundy had the right answer for that topic. Now he just has to figure out the right answer for his college future.
“Georgia just really made me come out of my comfort zone and open up to the coaching staff and do things I normally wouldn’t do,” he said. “Kind of put the spotlight on me.”
Let’s take a few reps through everything he shared with DawgNation Sunday night after his official visit in Athens was up.
- The 3-star ATH from Irwin County (Ocilla, Ga.) has two official visits left to take, but will not need them anymore. He’s finished with that part of his recruiting journey.
- Lundy took back-to-back visits to Georgia and Virginia Tech over the last two weeks. Those are his two finalists.
- He will make a private decision this week and share that with the respective coaching staffs. He said he hasn’t figured it out yet, but will come up with his choice this week.
- He will then let the world know on February 5. That will be the traditional Wednesday that has long been the home of National Signing Day every recruiting cycle.
- Some schools have been recruiting him as a RB and others see him as an ILB.
- Georgia rising sophomore ILB Trezmen Marshall was his host. That was the perfect choice as those two went head-to-head for years in high school. Marshall’s teams at Clinch County had been the roadblock to Irwin County’s state title hopes over the last few years prior to a breakthrough 2019 season.
- His Irwin County teammates call him “The Lumberjack” and “Big 4” back home. (Side note: Who wouldn’t want to sign a dude with a “Lumberjack” nickname to play ILB for their defense?)
How would he sum up his official visit?
“It was mainly building a strong relationship with coaches and players,” he said. “Seeing if it was a good fit and then I just liked the vibe you know.”
DJ Lundy: How he feels about Georgia right now
Lundy described that potential fit he saw this weekend.
“It is a bunch of good people up there,” Lundy said. “Like a brotherhood.”
What did Georgia give him to think about? It was quite a lot.
“I already had a lot to think about before I went up there,” Lundy said. “That has just given me more to think about now.”
Lundy rates as 3-star recruit and the nation’s No. 53 ATH on the 247Sports Composite ratings for 2020. That places him as the nation’s No. 887 overall recruit.
It goes without saying that Georgia has him a lot higher on the board than that. Lundy is a two-sport state champion. He has won back-to-back wrestling state championships at Irwin County.
The Irwin County football team also won the Georgia Class A public state championship this past season in dominating fashion.
Georgia sees the 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior as a ILB prospect with a few extra options to his game. He could be a RB on the other side of the ball. Lundy has bruised up Georgia high school secondaries for the last two seasons as a hard-to-handle threat in the ground game.
Lundy had three tackles for losses, a sack, a forced fumble and rumbled for 174 yards on the ground in the state title game. Pair that up with a wrestling acumen that hasn’t seen him lose a match since falling to state champions in his freshman year. That’s stout combination for a South Georgia player.
Lundy associates the Georgia program with success, too.
“It is a winning program,” Lundy said. “If you go there, then you know you are going to win. You are fighting for a national championship every year. Not only that, it has always been a dream to go to Georgia in my home state. It is just the brand. If you go to Georgia, you would be set or life.”
DJ Lundy has won a state championship in two sports (football and wrestling) at Irwin County. (DJ Lundy/Twitter)
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Georgia did not offer Lundy until late in the 2019 recruiting calendar. That offer came mere days before the early signing period.