Gary McCrae commits to play for UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs picked up their second football commitment of the day on Wednesday as athlete Gary McCrae (Cuthbert, Ga./Randolph Clay) told Mark Richt he wanted to play between the hedges.

"I just committed," McCrae said.

McCrae's offer was less than a 12 hours old.

"I got the offer today before I left from up there," McCrae said. "I was working out with Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt. Coach Richt was talking to me and said, 'See me before you leave.' I went to his office and that was when he told me. He said, 'You are a good kid and we like what we see and we want to offer you a scholarship as an athlete.' "

McCrae measured in at Georgia at 6-foot-3 and a half and tipped the scales at close to 215 pounds. Richt and company were surer that they wanted McCrae than they were of where he would end up playing.

"I camped at Georgia as an outside linebacker, a receiver and a tight end," McCrae said. "I was trying to play everything. I was fixing to play quarterback but it was time to leave."

When McCrae got home, he gathered up the family to discuss the offer. They then called Richt to "discuss it with him over the phone and we let him know."

"My family members are all Bulldogs fans and I have a player that I look up to that went to school there to from my hometown: Thomas Davis," McCrae said. "When you come up in Georgia, you are always a Braves fan or an Atlanta Falcons fan or a Bulldogs fan."

The life-long Georgia fan sounded excited about his destination.

"Committing to Georgia means a whole lot to me," McCrae said. "My family and everybody are going to be happy. I am not that far from home so they can come see me."

Earlier on Wednesday the Bulldogs picked up a commitment from three-star defensive back Deandre Baker of Miami Northwestern High School.


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