July 17, 2009

Morant felt time was of the essence

The way Dexter Morant tells it, the biggest reason he decided to go ahead and commit to Georgia is he didn't want to get left behind.

Morant shocked a few in the recruiting world earlier this week when he announced his decision to play for the Bulldogs. But according to the Manning High standout, timing had everything to do with his decision.

"Coming into the week, they were my No. 1, and coach (Jon) Fabris was on vacation. I was in Florida as well, but when I came back, I saw that three defensive ends were already committed, and I wanted to be the next one," Morant said. "When I saw that another defensive end was coming this weekend, I found out that he would likely be committing as well. That's when I called Coach Fabris."
Morant laughed that both Fabris and head coach Mark Richt could not believe their ears. Morant's mother was excited as well.

"When I committed the UGA coaches were shocked, Coach Fabris was so excited, and Coach Richt told my mom how happy he was to have me. He talked to my mom for a long time," Morant said. "My mom has been wanting me to commit to Georgia for awhile now. She was even calling me when I was in Florida to ask if I had done it yet. She is a big fan of Georgia, and we feel it is close enough to home for here, but far enough away to give me a chance to be my own man."

Morant said he chose the Bulldogs over Alabama and Florida, but in the end Georgia was the school where he felt more comfortable.

"The last time John Fulton and I went down there, they (Florida) didn't seem that much concerned with us. We have not heard much from them, so that is what pushed them down for me," he said. "On Alabama, they really wanted me, but they wanted me as an outside linebacker. Why go there and take a year to learn a new position, when I have a team that really wants me at defensive end?"

As for Fulton, while Morant would like his teammate to join him in Athens, he's skeptical that he will.

Instead, Morant believes the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder will play for an SEC West rivals.

"I do not think John is coming with me. I talked to him, and he was happy for me. With John, I do not really know what to say about John," Morant said. "I know Alabama is his No. 1, but Georgia is his second. There is no telling with him, he is leaning towards them (Alabama), but we always did talk about going to the same school, I know we would be great on a college team together."

Morant will get another look at his future school on Saturday when he travels to Athens for Georgia's Dawg Nite festivities.

He won't be alone.

Morant's mom, stepdad and aunt will join him on the trip where they will meet Georgia's coaches for the first time.

"Working with Coach Fab at the camp, I got to see his personality and how he coaches. I talked to some of the other players for their honest opinion, and they were talking about how he would stay late into the morning watching film and finding ways to improve each player," Morant said. "I realized that was true and I could see that he was concerned about me in camp; he would both compliment and push and he would get right in my face. I mean he got so close you could almost kiss him, and he knows you have his attention because you have no choice when he gets that close, and I just really like his approach."


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