Last month, Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell) made the trip to Athens to compete at the Mark Richt Camp at the University of Georgia. The 6-foot, 199-pound safety arrived with offers from Iowa State, Navy, Ohio and UCF, and after one of the most impressive performances of the day, Mauger added another from the Bulldogs. His recruitment almost ended there, although Mauger is happy it did not.
“It was really hard not to commit when Georgia offered because of how exciting it was,” Mauger said. “But I have had some time to think about it and I feel pretty good about not basing my decision off of just that.”
In less than two weeks, Mauger plans to return to Athens to take a closer look at the academics, including the options in engineering, his intended major at the moment. He believes that he could be getting closer to ending his recruitment.
“I am taking my mom up there for Dawg Night to see if she likes it,” Mauger said. “I am really excited about her coming up. If she does then we will make our decision based on that.”
Mauger will be attending the elite prospect camp at Georgia with teammate and fellow defensive back Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell). Langley, a ESPN300 athlete, has been the Bulldogs’ top cornerback target for five months. The two had been hoping to play together in college as well, but Langley’s other top schools, Alabama and Tennessee, chose not to offer Mauger after seeing him in person. That chance still presents itself in Athens, and next Friday the duo will be at Georgia as targets for the first time.
“Brendan and I are thinking mostly about playing together, so if I commit, he might commit also,” Mauger said. “It depends on how everything goes.”
Marc Deas and Corey Moore are the only returning safeties for Georgia in 2013, and Damian Swann, Devin Bowman and Sheldon Dawson will be the only returning cornerbacks on scholarship. Getting the Kell duo could go a long way toward helping the depth issues the Bulldogs are facing. Mauger admits he is intrigued about the potential of playing with the other commitments for Georgia.
“The 2013 class for UGA is crazy right now,” Mauger said. “I have watched their film and they have some great players, especially Shaq Wiggins. Having another physical safety with range like Tray Matthews and two dynamic cornerbacks like Wiggins and Langley would make my job easy, so we will see what happens.”
Despite making 108 tackles, five interceptions and breaking up five passes as a junior, Mauger flew under the radar during the spring. At the Mark Richt Camp, Mauger started off strong with 4.53 and 4.58 times in the 40-yard dash, and capped off his impressive day by dominating the 1-on-1 and pass skeleton drills, blanketing his side of the field. The performance led to his first SEC offer.