September 22, 2011

JUCO OL hearing from UGA

One of Georgia's biggest needs in its 2012 recruiting class is finding a solid group of offensive linemen who can step up right away to add depth to a thin front five.

Three high school seniors have already verbally committed to the Dawgs, and the UGA coaching staff, who is looking to sign around three more prospects, has an eye on the JUCO ranks for a little extra help.

Glendale (Az.) C.C. offensive guard Billy Rone said he has been hearing a lot from Georgia recently, and thinks on offer might be on the way.

"The head coach (Mark Richt) actually sent me a couple of letters. He sent me a letter the 30th of August. He was like, we are going to be recruiting you hard and he said they would be recruiting me," Rone said. "They are trying to get one JUCO kid to come in and start, well not start, but be a help to the program right away. He said he'll be talking to me about an offer real soon."

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Tempe native said he his main focus over the last year has been working hard to be ready for the next step in his football career, wherever it may be.

"I think I've gotten a lot better since high school. My technique got a lot better, I got bigger, stronger; I've worked on my game a lot," Rone said. "My main focus in JUCO is just getting ready for Division 1, so could just jump right into their program and just be able to compete with those kinds of athletes that are at a Division1 level. So I've just been trying to get my body right so I can do that."

The big JUCO target said he currently has offers form Marshall, Purdue, Utah State, and Indiana. He said he has only booked one official, which is to his current leader.

"I'm actually really looking at Indiana just because the coaches really want me to come in and start right away, he just seemed like he really wanted me a lot. He scheduled a visit already," Rone said. "So Indiana, right now, I can say they are at the top of my list."

Rone also said he is hearing form other programs, but one team, and moreover, one conference, may hold the key to his heart, and if offered, his commitment.

"I talk to a lot of other schools. I talk to Georgia, I talk to Mississippi State, Oregon State. A lot of schools just talk to me, they tell me they, just keep your grades up, we are going to keep recruiting you, stuff like that," Rone said. "My dream always really was to play for Florida; I've been loving Florida since I was little, little. Just SEC ball period, it's the best in college football. So really, if Georgia was to offer, I would love to take a visit to Georgia, I mean, really any SEC school. I love it."

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