The offers continue to pour in for offensive lineman Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), and after making a trip to one of the top programs in the Southeast, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound prospect got big news that he had been waiting on.
Last weekend, Outlaw was in Gainesville to check out the University of Florida. The Gators offered him in mid-December, so while on campus he was able to focus on getting to know the coaches vying for his signature. They made sure to let Outlaw know his position was a priority for the 2013 class.
“I enjoyed spending time with the staff at Florida,” Outlaw said. “Coach [Will] Muschamp was very up front with me in letting me know that they need offensive linemen. It seems like with the depth chart right now there is an opportunity to play early there.”
Outlaw came away with nothing but good things to say about Florida, but after naming leaders early in the process he has learned it is better to stay open-minded.
“I really liked it there and the campus was pretty nice, but I have not visited any places, so I cannot really compare each school yet,” Outlaw said. “From what I hear from others, I would end up having new top five every week after visits.”
On Tuesday, Outlaw received word that another program had extended a verbal scholarship. More than a dozen schools have done so already, but Outlaw said this one was special.
“I was really looking forward to getting an offer from Georgia, and today my coach told me Rodney Garner called to offer,” Outlaw said, referring to Georgia's recruiting coordinator. “An offer from Georgia is definitely a big deal, coming from an in-state program, so I see that as an opportunity to stay close to home and give my family and friends a chance to come see me play. That is a great plus for them. Then looking at the season they had last year and all of the guys they are bringing back, it is looking like Georgia is going to make a big run at the BCS title. I love where Georgia is going as a program, so maybe I could see myself in the red and black next year.”
One of Outlaw’s teammates just signed with Georgia, and when Blake Tibbs heard the news about Outlaw, he made sure to put in a good word for his destination school. While Outlaw was often preoccupied with protecting his quarterback, he was still able to enjoy watching one of the premier playmakers in the Peach State last fall.
“I talked to Blake Tibbs today, and he was asking me about Florida. Then when I told him about the Georgia offer, he got excited and started showing me some love,” Outlaw said. “Tibbs is a smooth wideout that can do it all. When he is on the field in Athens he is going to make a play.”
Outlaw, whose offers are all for playing offensive tackle, hopes to set up a visit soon with Georgia. He has plans to visit Auburn this weekend and Clemson next weekend.