UGA recruiting: Camp visit was everything Curtis Fann Jr. hoped to see
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Curtis Fann Jr. said he wasn’t sure which member of his family liked his Friday visit to UGA the best.
It might have been his momma. Or his sister. The guy who tried on the No. 8 jersey at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall had a great time, too.
“It met every one of my expectations,” he said. “I had never been there before like that and had always dreamed of playing there so it was all really pretty cool.”
Fann went from fan to having eight offers, with five of those from the SEC, in the span of 10 days. Those offers started to pour in about three weeks ago.
The last one was what he called his dream offer. That was also the first spot he went to for a visit.
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“I feel like they want me,” Fann said of Georgia. “As you already know, I’ve always liked Georgia. But I feel like my interest grew even more after the visit and the camp. I had a pretty good camp there, too.”
UGA even explained why it was a little slower to offer than Alabama, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina.
“I went to Georgia in my freshman year and I’ve grown like an inch-and-a-half and put on 30 pounds since then. They were thinking I was still about 6-1 and 220. They were looking at my old stats and then when Coach [Tray] Scott came in they changed everything up. Coach Scott didn’t know too much about me since he just got the job. I think those were the main reasons.”
Coach Kirby Smart made sure to stop by his line during the stretching period to make sure Fann knew that he was glad to see him at the camp.
“He told me to keep working hard and to keep pushing,” Fann said.
Fann said he hasn’t thought about where Georgia ranks among his options after the camp.
“I haven’t sat down to think about any of that yet,” he said. “It is going to be soon. I won’t say that I have a leader right now but [UGA] is definitely high on my list.”
Curtis Fann’s work at the Kirby Smart Camp
He checked in at 6-foot-2.5 and 243 pounds at UGA on Friday. Scott wanted to get a good look at Fann, mainly to see how he competed. Fann started moving to the front of the line early in drill periods of his Friday afternoon camp.
When it came time for individual 1-on-1 reps, Scott also kept moving Fann up to the front of the pack for specific matchups.
That was his favorite part. Fann said he won “three or four” of an estimated “five or six” reps and the other two were stalemated.
“Coach Scott just wanted to see how I would get after it,” Fann said. “He wanted to see me work hard and see me grind. He said he was happy with how I worked at the camp.”
The Emanuel County Institute (Twin City, Ga.) junior said that Georgia hasn’t determined whether he’s a defensive end or an interior lineman. Or both.
“I’m pretty sure that Coach Scott would love for me to commit at any time but he’s not pushing me to commit or anything like that,” Fann said. “He wants me to look at all my options. He wants me to check out all my options and see all the schools that are after me so that I make the right decision in the end that’s best for me.”
— Curtis Fann Jr ² ❄️ (@curt_8_) June 2, 2017
It is clear how he feels about Georgia, but he wants to do his homework first before falling in love with his dream offer.
“I’m trying to get to some of my main schools that I like besides Georgia and compare them,” Fann said. “I want to see how they relate and how they are alike and how they are different. I want to see how my mom likes those schools, too.”
He already knows that the No. 8 he wants to wear is already taken on offense and defense for a few seasons. Fann went with his mother, his cousin and his aunt.
“They all loved it,” he said. “I’d say it was a tie between my mom and my little cousin. She was shocked. She had never been to a college campus before. I was shocked, too.”
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— Curtis Fann Jr ² ❄️ (@curt_8_) June 3, 2017
He’s true to his word about his first offer. Fann tweeted out in the past that the first school that offered him would get legit and substantial consideration. That’s what he is showing with his next school visit. He said he’ll check out South Carolina on June 17.
Fann is pumping the brakes a bit with his emotional attachment to Georgia.
“If you grew up a Georgia fan and then they offer you, that is something,” Fann said. “You are already kind of thinking about what it would be like to be a Georgia commit even before you get that offer. But then when you get it you have to stay grounded and keep your decision open so you can look at it the right way to make the best decision for you and your family. I am kind of holding off on everything right now and still need to evaluate everything in front of me.”
It was a day trip for Fann. He went back on Saturday evening because he had to take his SAT. That’s impressive. He’s a rising junior but already has made his academics a priority.
5-star DE KJ Henry is a big visitor on campus
KJ Henry, the nation’s No. 15 overall prospect, has made Georgia part of his June tour. Henry was at Alabama over the weekend and tweeted out that he was at UGA on Monday morning.
Henry ranks as the nation’s No. 2 weakside defensive end for 2018. He’s a major Georgia target. Clemson and Alabama seem like strong schools in the running there, but it seems to me that UGA is already in the running.
These trips should be seen as his research phase this summer. He’s got a top 10 but plans to whittle that down over the summer.
“I will try to cut that top 10 down to a top 5 this summer,” he told DawgNation last month. “I don’t know which date, but that’s how I will try to get that list down to the five schools which will be my officials in the fall. That’s important to me then because I will be an early enrollee.”
Clemson was the favorite a year ago, but he said that has evolved a bit.
Georgia would be one of his “up there” schools. How can the Bulldogs rise to being his “that” school?
“I really don’t know yet,” Henry said. “That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I think for each specific school they have to do different things. In order for [UGA] to keep moving up, they just have to have a successful year.
“They had a good year last year, but I see them in my eyes as going to be an elite program. They have to live up to that standard I think they can be. Winning would be a really good thing for them. They have the coaches. They have the players and the right chemistry and the good people. I think just keep winning and doing things the right way.”