March 8, 2013

Albright takes a look



Any player that grows up in the heart of SEC country will tell you that he wants scholarship offers from what many consider as the top conference in all of college football.

North Cobb safety Cameron Albright is no different, and he doesn't have to wait.

The Kennesaw native recently got his first SEC offer from Vanderbilt, and he admits that it was a little different from his first offer.

"Central Florida offered me about a month ago, and I was glad to get that offer," Albright said. "But it feels good to get that first SEC offer. Especially with it being a school with a great academic background like Vanderbilt. It definitely gives me something to think about."

At 6-foot-2, 201-pounds, Albright had a big season for North Cobb in 2012, and the home state school, Georgia, has taken notice.

The Georgia coaching staff invited Albright to attend the first practice of the spring on March 2, and the decision to make the hour-and-a-half trip to the Classic City was a no-brainer for the star safety.

"Personally, Georgia is one of my favorite schools," he said of his decision to visit UGA. "My parents went there and I grew up loving them. It has always been a dream to play for them. They were kind of slightly recruiting me, but they invited me to spring practice and I wanted to take advantage of that visit."

After watching the Bulldogs workout for just under two hours, Albright and his family had a chance to sit down with UGA coaches and find out how the Bulldogs plan to recruit him.

"When practice was over we were sitting around eating, and the defensive backs coach, Coach (Scott) Lakatos and Coach (Todd) Grantham came over," Albright said. "I talked with Coach Grantham a little bit and Coach Lakatos was talking to me and my dad. We basically got to ask them questions and they let us know how many defensive backs they want to sign, and what position they see me playing in the future if I was going get and offer. They told me they want to come see me during the spring and they want to see me at one of their one-day prospect camps."

Albright says that he enjoyed the time with the Georgia assistants, but he is equally as impressed with their reputation as coaches.

"I like their backgrounds," Albright said of Grantham and Lakatos. "I like the players they sent to the Combine this year. Especially with Coach Lakatos, he had Bacarri Rambo as his free safety and he tied a Georgia record with most picks (interceptions) in a career. I'm that type player and I want to be standing back there intercepting passes so I liked that a lot."

As a fan of Rambo, Albright was excited to hear that Lakatos and Grantham see him filling a similar role should he get an offer and choose to play his college ball in Athens.

"They see me as a free safety in their defense in the deep middle as a guy who could read the quarterback and ball hawk back there," he said. "They asked me if I had seen Tray Matthews because that is the position he is playing. I did see him and that is pretty much what I play for my high school so it sounded good to me."

So what is next for the North Georgia standout?

"Right now I don't have anything coming up any time soon" he said. "I have some combines to do in April. Then on my spring break we are probably going to visit some schools like Vanderbilt, Florida State, and Central Florida."

When visiting schools Albright, who plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy, plans to put academics first, but he also wants to ask as many questions as possible to find out exactly what kind of place he is considering.

"I definitely want to figure out if they have my academic area of study that I want to pursue," Albright said. "Then if I get the opportunity to talk to the coaches, I want to see where they see me playing. I also like on the visits when we get a chance to ask players questions about what they like about being at the university. What the players say, since you are going to be around them more than even the coaches, means a lot. The coaches could get fired or take another job just like that."



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