Niceville, Fla. running back Roy Finch admits there were some things about Mark Richt that he didn't know until watching the recent documentary on ESPN detailing the adoption of children Anya and Zach from an orphanage in the Ukraine.
"It just kind of made me say 'Wow,'" Finch told UGASports in a telephone interview Tuesday night. "It was just a wonderful story."
In fact, that story was the first thing that popped into his mind when Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo offered a scholarship earlier in the day, the 18th offer Finch (5-foot-8, 175-pounds) said he has received thus far.
This one, however, came as someone of a surprise.
"I was not expecting it," the four-star performer said. "When Coach Bobo called, it was just an honor to talk to him. He sounds like a really good person and someone I'd like to know better. But Georgia? I have to admit I was shocked."
According to Finch, Bobo said he had been trying to reach him for some time.
"He said he had been trying to get hold of me for a long time. We talked a good while. He told me about the program, about the style of offense then told me he was offering me a scholarship," Finch said. "He said he would call me back (Wednesday) and Coach Richt would talk to me to make it official."
Finch, who rushed for 1,296 yards and 16 touchdowns for Niceville last fall, already counts seven offers from schools in the SEC, including Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He also holds offers from Stanford and Oklahoma.
Missing from that list thus far is Florida, but the Gators have been recruiting Finch and are expected to make an offer soon.
"I'll be honest; the whole recruiting process is hectic. I get a lot of calls every day and a lot of people at my school are always asking am I going to commit here, am I going to commit there," he said. "It's a process, but I'm trying not to worry about, just stay focused and try to have fun with it."
Finch said he just returned from a Nike camp at Florida State and in a few weeks will travel to Gainesville for the Friday Night Lights Camp at Florida.
He also plans on taking an unofficial visit to Oklahoma, but with the offer from Georgia, would now like to check out Athens as well.
"It's something I would definitely like to do eventually," Finch said. "After I speak with Coach Richt, hopefully I can try to schedule a visit up there and get t know more about Georgia."
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