March 9, 2008

Murray left Athens with no doubts

The number 44 player in the country spent a day and a half in the classic city of Athens (Ga.) over the weekend. Rivals100 quarterback Aaron Murray arrived on Thursday afternoon and did not leave until Saturday morning and he took the time to talk with us about his visit to Athens.

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Murray is a 6-foot-1, 198-pound QB out of Plant High School in Tampa (Fla.). He left early Friday morning for Georgia with his head coach and family.

They got there in time for the evening practice on Thursday and he then spent a lot of time with Georgia's QB Coach/Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo on Friday before watching the Dawgs practice in full pads for the first time that night.

This elite QB had been to Athens before for a camp, but this was his first time to really visit the campus, find out about the school, see how the players interact, and to really get a feel for what it would be like as a student-athlete in Athens.

"It was a great visit first off," said Murray, "I had a great time." "I got there, watched practice Thursday night, then got up and had breakfast with Coach [Tony] Ball and Coach [Mike] Bobo, then they took me around on a little tour."

"They took me to the stadium, to the Academic building, and I sat down and talked with some of the academic people for about an hour with my parents."

After getting a feel for the campus and the academics in Athens, he got to experience what it would be like first hand as a student.

"Me and the tight end from my team Orson Charles went to a class (with starting OL Clint Boling) and then we went to lunch with Coach Ball and Coach Bobo."

The top QB liked what he saw surrounding the Georgia academics.

"I want to go somewhere that is going to challenge me on the field and off the field academic wise and they are going to make sure that you are going to class and that your grades are up, and that is something I want. They are going to make sure that part is done and that made me and my family happy."

He did not have much down time at UGA during his visit. After he finished up lunch with the two UGA coaches, he went back to the Butts-Mehre building to spend time with the players.

"We then went to some meetings and to practice, so it was a pretty eventful last few days, but it was fun. I had a good time."

Prospects take visits for many different reasons, but one common reason is because they have many questions about that school. Murray had some questions about UGA, so did he find the answers out during his visit?

"Yeah, definitely," he said. "Last year I just went up there for a camp and I did not see that much, but this time, I got to see the campus, experience a little bit about how their lives are, I got to check out the stadium, it was amazing, and I got to go into meetings, so all my questions were answered during this trip."

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