Arthur Lynch recognized the area code but when the voice on the other end of the line said who was calling, the recent Georgia signee didn't believe what he was told.
"Hello, this is Ben Watson," said the caller to Lynch.
"The (New England) Patriots are my favorite team, so I was pretty shocked," Lynch said of the phone call he got from the former Bulldog standout after he signed with Georgia back on Feb. 6. "At first I didn't think it was him."
Turns out Watson had more in mind than offer a simple message of congratulations.
"He asked me if I would come up and meet with him," added Lynch, who said his hometown of Dartmouth, Mass. is just about 35 minutes away from Watson's home. "He wants to have lunch, talk a little about what I can expect, what kind of stuff I can do to get ready and how to make sure I'm in the best shape I can be when I get down there."
At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Lynch said he has already been working had since signing with the Bulldogs, lifting weights and running almost daily, along with some techniques sent to him by Georgia's strength and conditioning staff.
Lynch added that he will do whatever he can to make as quick an impact as he can.
He understands that the opportunity for playing time is there with Aron White and Bruce Figgins the only returning tight ends with actual game experience that will be available when preseason drills begin in August.
"I know I can't control any of that, but I can work hard. Coach (tight ends coach John) Lilly sent me some things to study, the playbook, but certain plays that I'll try to learn as much as I can," he said. "Other than that I'll be watching a lot of film. I know I've got a lot to learn and that college is a lot different than high school. I'm not coming in thinking I'm going to be the man. I know anything I might have done in high school means nothing now."
Lynch does believe he'll bring a certain degree of athleticism to the tight end position, something.
Along with being a standout football player, Lynch excelled in basketball, played baseball, soccer along with ice hockey and still anticipates playing some tennis in the spring.
"I think a lot of people up here underestimate my athletic ability," Lynch said. "I don't know why. I'd line up at wide receiver, running back, tight end, linebacker, kickoffs, punts
I'd do it all."
Lynch, who lined up as a defenseman and left wing when he played hockey, actually started playing that sport when he was four years old and competed until he was in the 7th grade, when at 6-foot-2, decided to give basketball a try instead.
"I'm 6-foot-8 in skates now," laughed Lynch, who plans on attending Georgia's G-Day game on April 11.
There, he said he's anxious to watch White and the other tight ends to try and get a visual idea of where he might fit in.
"I know I'll be asking a lot of questions of Bruce and Aron, because they've been around for such a long time," Lynch said. "It's just going to be up to me to elevate my game and do what I can do to be prepared both physically and mentally. If I'm blessed to be able to come over and be able to produce from both of those aspects, be able to help out, that will be great."
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