The University of Georgia is looking to add another safety for its 2013 class, but defensive back Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell) was still caught off guard when he got the big news following Saturday's Mark Richt Camp.
"Coming in, I did not expect to earn an offer, but I came out and competed and tried my best to earn one anyway," Mauger said. "Coach [Mark] Richt offered me at the end, and I was surprised."
Iowa State, Navy, Ohio and UCF were Mauger's biggest offers before Saturday, and the 6-foot, 200-pound safety was happy that he showed the Bulldogs' coaching staff he had the speed and talent to play in the Southeastern Conference.
"Even with off-technique I was able to improve my 40[-yard dash] to 4.53," Mauger said. "That let UGA know I had what it took to play safety and they offered me. They said they like my ability to cover but also be a downhill playmaker that can come down and make the big hit."
Mauger was one of the most impressive prospects in attendance Saturday, consistently redirecting receivers at the line of scrimmage. Following the conclusion of the camp, the Bulldogs head coach let the physical safety know his performance did not go unnoticed.
"At the end of the 1-on-1's Mark Richt called me over and said he was very impressed with how I competed," Mauger said. "He asked if I would like to be a Bulldog and I said, 'I would love to,' and he said, 'Well I am offering you the chance right now.' I couldn't do anything but smile."
While Mauger did not commit on the spot, the opportunity to play for the in-state program is weighing heavily on his mind.
"That is one of the biggest offers I can get, so I have to think hard about my decision," Mauger said. "I am going to go home and talk it over with my mom, but I definitely need to get her up here and check out the program to make sure they feel as comfortable as I do."
Another aspect that intrigues Mauger is the chance to continue playing with his teammate, ESPN 300 defensive back Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell).
"I plan to talk to Brendan Langley about playing together, and we plan to graduate early," Mauger said. "I think it would be a great thing to play together and I know I would feel comfortable knowing he has his receiver locked down, and he knows I will be holding it down over top of him at safety."
Following Mauger's offer, Langley dispelled the notion of the two being a package deal, but also had an interesting take on the news.
"He earned that all on his own! Oh and btw, we WILL be attending the same university," Langley said in a tweet to DawgNation.
As a junior, Mauger made 108 tackles, five interceptions and broke up five passes.