ATHENS, Ga. -- Fresh off Sunday night's surprise commitment of junior college running back Chris Carson, the Georgia Bulldogs got another surprise as four-star offensive lineman Pat Allen has decided to commit to Mark Richt and company.
"Georgia just feels like home," Allen said when reached by telephone. "I still have to call the coaches and let them know."
Allen did just that on Monday evening, making him Georgia's second commit in 24 hours. He is also another out-of-state prospect as he is the No. 2 recruit out of the state of Maryland.
"[Richt] was very happy," Allen said. "I just wanted to go to Georgia. I have always wanted to go to Georgia. When I got the opportunity I was hyped. When the coach told me I had an offer from Georgia I was too hyped."
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior made a name for himself at the Rivals 5-Star Challenge in Baltimore. He won battle after battle against the best defensive linemen in the nation. He promptly turned around and attended the Mark Richt camp just days later, winning praise from offensive line coach Will Friend.
"I wasn't expecting to camp at Georgia," Allen said. "My coaches just wanted me to go for a visit. But then he said, 'While you are down here you might as well go to camp.' We had driven all night and I had gotten zero sleep."
Allen wanted to enroll early at Georgia but he said his mom nixed that idea.
"She said these are her last months with me so she is not going to let me go early," Allen said.
Interestingly enough, another top lineman in North Carolina, Emanuel McGirt Jr., just decommitted from UNC and is looking strongly at Georgia. McGirt Jr. plans to make a decision close to October because he plans to enroll early at the school of his choice."