Carver-Columbus defensive tackle Gabriel Wright laughed that he was having palpitations during the drive up to Athens for this week's Mark Richt Camp.
He couldn't wait to get there.
"I was excited all the way up," said the 2011 recruit. "My heart was racing the whole ride. I even took a deep breath as I walked across the field watching the other players compete. The staff was amazing, the facilities were out of this world and everything is top-notch."
Apparently, there are a number of big-time programs that believe Wright to be pretty top-notch as well.
According to the 6-foot-2, 260-pounder, he already has over 20 verbal offers, including ones from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina and UCLA.
Schools can't make official offers to rising juniors until Sept. 1, but Wright told UGASports that he's already got the Bulldogs in his top five and that's not going to change.
"The whole trip was really amazing. When we (along with the rest of the Carver contingent) got there, I met Coach (John) Lilly, who treated us with good respect," Wright said. "After that I got to work with Coach G (Rodney Garner) and that was great. Coach G puts guys in the NFL, guys like Marcus Stroud and Richard Seymour. It felt good to show what I could do in front of him. The things he taught me I'll be able to use my whole junior year."
Wright said that Garner also paid him a compliment that took him somewhat by surprise.
"Coach G mentioned that I'd be the best defensive tackle coming out of Georgia if not the country," Wright said. "I'm going to be working toward that. I don't know if it will happen but I'm going to work hard to be No. 1."
While Wright was impressed with Georgia's coaches, he was equally impressed with the facilities.
"The dorms are three bedrooms, you can pick your own roommates and there are two bathrooms," he chuckled. "The dorms are top-notch. I've been to Auburn, but I didn't see their dorms. Everything I saw, it all lit up my eyes."
Although Wright admits to being completely enamored with Georgia, he doesn't plan to make a final decision any time soon.
He's still got a number of visits planned for the summer and will make others next year before coming to a conclusion at some point his senior year.
"I'm going to give everyone an equal chance," said Wright, who added his mother has mentioned she hopes he doesn't pick somewhere too far from home.
"I really like Auburn, too, but Georgia has always been my first love and this trip refueled that fire in me," he said. "My fire for Georgia is burning real hard right now, although Auburn is definitely going to give me something to think about."
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