July 21, 2007

Is Georgia in or out with Love after visit?

Five star offensive tackle Tyler Love went into his visit to Georgia this weekend saying it was going to make or break the Bulldogs. He and his family arrived in Athens Friday afternoon and left about 24 hours later.

"This was a make or break visit for me with Georgia," said Love. "I have been there three times now, so this was a big visit for me and my family."

"I had some basic questions I was looking for the answer to and there were a few things I wanted to see that I had not seen before this time. I saw everything, I got my questions answered and this visit definitely helped Georgia a lot. They will definitely get an official visit from me and I told Coach Mark Richt that I would be back for the Auburn game for an unofficial visit too."

The visit started for Love on Friday afternoon when he arrived in Athens.

"When I got there I went on a campus tour and I really liked the campus a lot and I really liked the Georgia business school. I got to tour the business school too and I never thought it was going to be that good. I was really impressed."

After Love and his parents toured the Georgia campus, they headed out to eat with three Bulldog coaches and a few current Bulldog players.

"Coach Richt and his son Jon Richt (Clemson commit), Coach Rodney Garner and his wife, Coach Stacy Searels and his wife, Tanner Strickland, Tripp Taylor and Scott Haverkamp all went out to eat with me and my parent."

"We had a really good time and I did not expect all the players to be there. They did not have to come or hang out with me at all, so it was really nice of them to come. Just sitting there hanging out with them and the coaches was great."

Later that night, Love hung out with Strickland, Taylor and Ian Smith before calling it a night and preparing for the second part of the visit on Saturday.

"Saturday was more of a football day," said Love. "Friday was about academics and the campus and Saturday was about football."

"First, I met with the strength and conditioning coach Dave Van Halanger and he talked with me about the program he runs at Georgia. He explained to me that he does not try to make you a body builder, but he tries to make you a better athlete. He was a real funny guy and I liked talking with him a lot."

The next coach the 6-foot-7, 285-pound five star tackle out of Mountain Brook (Ala.) spent time with was Georgia's offensive line coach. Love has known him for some time now.

"I met Coach Searels when I was in 10th grade and I went out to a camp at LSU," he said. "I have liked him a lot ever since then. I had a great time with him on Saturday and he went over a lot of things with me."

"We watched a lot of film on technique that he teaches his linemen and what kind of drills he puts his guys through during practice. It was a very interesting time with him and I got a lot of out of it. He was very detailed and he really showed me how he likes to mold his linemen into better players."

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