March 1, 2013

Pugh didn't see it coming

Like many prospects, the first two months of 2013 have been big for Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.) linebacker Jacob Pugh.

The North Florida prospect has gotten offer after offer in the last six to eight weeks, and Pugh will be the first to say that he didn't see it coming like this.

"This is just a process you have to take one step at a time. I've picked up a lot of offers in the last few weeks," Pugh said. "Everything has just been going good, and I've been offered by some great schools. The coaches, the programs, and the schools, they have just been great. Alabama came and offered, then Florida State. Georgia and USC have offered recently. Just real big-time schools have come and it is an honor to be offered by them."

Another offer came on Thursday for Pugh, and it came from a school, Georgia, that has been recruiting him pretty heavily for a while now.

"My coach told me that Coach (John) Lilly wanted to talk to me," Pugh said of the offer from Georgia. "My coach called my phone, but I didn't have my phone. So I talked to Coach Lilly during school, and he asked me if my coach had told me anything about them (UGA) offering me, and I said, "No sir." Then Coach Lilly told me that they were offering me."

Lilly didn't need to do much explaining as to why the Bulldogs extended the offer.

The UGA assistant just let Pugh, who plays outside linebacker in Godby's 3-4 scheme right now, know that he was an ideal fit for what the Bulldogs do defensively.

"He just said I fit their defensive scheme," Pugh said. "He said I fit right in with how I play outside linebacker in the 3-4 and they run the 3-4 so I am a good fit."

Georgia head coach Mark Richt and some of the Bulldog staff visited Godby High School the Friday before dead period started prior to National Signing Day last month.

Pugh says that due to the visits to his school, he is familiar with the coaching staff but wants to know more about the program in general.

"I met Coach Richt a long time ago," he said. "He's a great coach and he loves to win. Georgia is a winning program. I don't know much about them right now, but that is what I do know for sure. They like to win and they have a great coaching staff."

The offers will most definitely continue to pour in for the four-star prospect and schools will be working hard to get Pugh, who visited Alabama recently, on campus in the near future.

Those programs had better get to work because Pugh's schedule is open now but it won't be for long.

"I'm supposed to be going up to Vanderbilt at the end of this month," he said. "I'm going up there, I know. I hope to go to some spring practices and watch, but other than that, I don't have anything planned. I hope to get up to Georgia for, most likely, their spring game. I have to talk to my coaches about it and see what they say."

After his visit to Alabama recently, Pugh told TideSports that The Crimson Tide was his leader.

While he still holds Alabama in high regard, the Tallahassee star says that things have changed due to all of the new offers.

"It's changed. Everything has changed," Pugh said when asked if he still considered Alabama his leader. "It has changed. I just have to think about things and pray about things and see what happens next."

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