Virginia running back explains why UGA is in his top three

Khalan Laborn

Khalan Laborn has taken notice of UGA’s recent success at the running back position.

So much, in fact, that the 4-star running back out of Ocean Lakes (Va.) has the Bulldogs on his short list of schools.

The 5-foot-9, 193-pound all-purpose back told the AJC on Wednesday that as of now, Virginia Tech, Florida State and UGA round out his top three.

However, the Hokies and Seminoles lead the way.

“I feel like they’ve been recruiting me the hardest,” said Laborn, the No. 2 player in Virginia in the class of 2017. “They try their best. The one visit I had (to both schools), they made it seem like it was a real special place.”

Laborn told the AJC that he feels like a priority at both programs, and the possibility of playing as a freshman is likely.

However, he feels the same can be said of UGA. Laborn, who took an unofficial visit to Athens in July, says he had a positive interaction with coach Mark Richt. He’s also confident he will earn a lot of playing time if he were to commit to the Bulldogs.

Of course, how much playing time he could see will likely depend on where UGA targets Elijah Holyfield, a 4-star running back, and Trey Sermon, another 2017 prospect, decide to enroll.

Who else is he considering?

As it stands, Laborn says UNC, Tennessee and Auburn are a few other programs he’s keeping a watchful eye on. But it appears it would take a lot for either school to make a significant leap past FSU, Virginia Tech or UGA.

“For you to get on track and get ahead of them, you would really have to impress me,” Laborn said.

Laborn tells the AJC that he’ll likely take unofficial visits to UGA, Virginia Tech and FSU this fall.

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