January 19, 2011

Offensive line commits react

Word that Stacy Searels appears headed for Texas to become the Longhorns' offensive line coach caught verbal commitments like Nathan Theus by surprise.

In fact, Theus told UGASports Wednesday night he'll likely open back up his recruitment after learning that Searels would be leaving town.

"As of right now, I am still committed to Georgia. I told everybody in the nation that I was committed until Coach (John) Lilly, Coach Searels, or Coach (Mark) Richt left, and I did not think that would happen but it did," Theus said. "I have to be sure about things and evaluate other schools, and I have to make sure I am going to the place where the Lord wants me to go. My dad spoke to Coach Richt, and he said they will bring someone else in for the position. It is the University of Georgia and they are not going to have a bad coach there."

[sv]Watts Dantzler[/db] and David Andrews expressed disappointment as well, but will not be looking around to other schools.

"It is tough. Me, Coach Searels and Coach Richt all sat down on Monday and everything seemed fine. Now, my phone is blowing up with all of the offensive line commits with us trying to work it all out," Dantzler said. "We all liked Coach Searels. I think we are all a little disappointed, but Coach Searels is making the best choice for him and his family, and we wish him the best of luck. But for me personally, it does not change anything. I am a Dawg no matter what. It really doesn't matter who the offensive line coach is, I want to be a Bulldog."

Andrews said he won't be going anywhere, either.

"I am 100 percent Dawg, I was born a Dawg, and I will always be a Dawg. It sucks, but I understand it is a business. Coach Richt is still there, as are all of the other coaches. Ever since I have been old enough to understand football and Georgia football, Mark Richt has been the head coach. It has been my dream to play under him, and I have complete trust in him," Andrews said. "Whoever he gets will be the guy that I trust to play for, and he will be the right guy for the job. I spoke to Coach Searels Friday, and we talked about rabbit hunting, my official this weekend, and then all of this came up. No matter what, I do not think the technique will change much, just different coaching styles. I will have to learn new things in college anyways. It will change for the better and will be good for us."

Fellow commitments Hunter Long and Zach DeBell could not immediately be reached for comment.

Theus said Richt, Searels and Lilly visited his home earlier this week.

"I asked them all if any of them were leaving or looking at other jobs, and they all said no. It is not the end of the world, but I did not expect it. Those three guys were the ones who affected my decision and I got to know the most," Theus said. "If Coach Lilly or Coach Richt were to leave, I would have the same reaction. All three were the same importance to me and I loved all three of them. Maybe Coach Searels will start recruiting me to Texas, or maybe another offer comes soon.

"This is all happening for a reason, but right now I am still a Bulldog. I will have to look at whoever they bring in the same as I would a new school that offers. I am not really worried about that. I am going to move fast and look into the other schools I have offers from and touch base with those coaches. I need to find out whom they have and if they have a spot for me still. I am just going evaluate the other schools that have been sincere with me throughout the process and see who needs me and go from there."

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