Mother of nation’s No. 1 prospect has concerns about UGA

Rashan Gary

The mother of the nation’s No. 1 player, Rashan Gary, loves UGA but she has one major concern with the school.

“I know they run a 3-4 defense, and I don’t know how good that would be for my son,” Jennifer Coney told the AJC.

“In that three-person line, their job is to hold the offensive line so the linebackers can come in to make the tackle. Well, how is Rashan supposed to shine in a 3-4? A 4-3 defense is what I prefer. It’s OK for him to play in a 3-4, only if they rotate in a 4-3. I just don’t see how playing in a 3-4 defense would benefit him.”

Gary, a 5-star defensive tackle from Paramus Catholic (N.J.), recently visited UGA for its Dawg Night prospect camp with his mother. Despite UGA’s defensive alignment, Coney likes the school so much that it may get one of her son’s five official visits.

“I’m leaning toward yes,” she said. We will probably decide by the end of the month, or the first week in September. He will have his official visits set then.”

Bulldogs fans should hope that Gary does decide to take an official visit to the school because his mother said those five schools will be his top colleges.

The chances of UGA getting one of the five coveted spots are good. Coney said while her son was on UGA’s campus, she got to roam around the town and fell in love with it.

“I really like Athens,” she said. “Rashan was on campus and I went around the city on my own, and it’s such a nice town. I like the facilities and I really like the entire coaching staff. (Defensive coordinator Jeremy) Pruitt, (defensive line coach Tracy) Rocker and coach Mark Richt are really good men.”

The 6-foot-4, 311-pounder also liked his time at UGA. Shortly after Dawg Night, he told the AJC that his visit was a “10.”

“I think Georgia hit the nail on the head with the visit,” his mother said.

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