UGA hopes OG Josh Cardiello secures spot

If there was any doubt that the Georgia Bulldogs are in great need of offensive linemen for the 2013 class, it was erased after Josh Cardiello (Buford, Ga.) finished up his visit Saturday to Athens. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound prospect was told firsthand that the Bulldogs are hoping to fill his position as soon as possible.

“Coach [Will] Friend talked with me about how he wants to take two to three interior offensive linemen and he really wants me to be one of them,” Cardiello said. “He said for me to make sure I keep updated on where things stand because he did not want me to wait too long and then not have the opportunity to play here.”

Cardiello has been to Georgia several times before, but interestingly enough he left Athens this time wanting to get back on campus.

“We talked about coming up on a regular day during the spring so I could sit in meetings and seeing how things are for student-athletes,” Cardiello said. “I hung out with Kolton Houston last night, so I got to see how they hang out as a team, but I also want to see how they practice, what Coach Friend is like, and what the classes are like.”

Houston is one of two former Buford standouts who play offensive line for the Bulldogs, but the Bulldogs are hoping three lineup in Athens next fall.

“Dallas [Lee] and Kolton are always messing around with me and telling me I better commit,” Cardiello said. “I think it would definitely be cool to play with Kolton and Dallas because I would come in more comfortable with them than at other places where I do not know anyone.”

With an offer from the Tar Heels and teammate Nathan Staub heading to Chapel Hill, Cardiello is hoping to get up to meet the new staff at UNC. He is next in line at Buford to have the opportunity to play at the FBS level, and as the Wolves continue to churn out talent every year he feels the team's success is because of the extra effort the players put in.

“I know for a fact that most schools do not come to school an hour early to get work in and do walk-throughs to make sure we have everything perfect, and then still go to practice after school,” Cardiello said. “Most kids lack the self-discipline, plus our coaches care enough to push us in the right way.”