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July 13, 2012
No. 20 in the book
It was less than a month ago when Kell defensive back Quincy Mauger showed up, in a last minute decision, to the Mark Richt Mini camp and earned an offer from the University of Georgia.
Just two hours before the start of Dawg Night, Mauger let UGASports know that he is the Bulldog's 20th commitment for 2013.
"Yes sir. I just committed," said Mauger in a text message to UGASports.
According to the Kell standout, the decision had as much to do with academics as it did with the football program.
"I did my research on Georgia, and the coaching staff is very connected with the players and very successful," he said. "I want to play for a staff like that. Just to have the right department of engineering. I also did research on Coach Todd Grantham and how his past has gone with college and NFL."
Mauger started to emerge as a prospect two months ago at the Georgia versus Gwinnett 7on7 tournament, and is currently unranked by Rivals.com.
Being under the radar, however, doesn't bother the Peach State sleeper, as he understands what he can do on the field.
"Being under the radar just makes is more fun to see people's reactions," said Mauger. I'm going to continue to work hard in the weight room and the classroom, and become the high caliber player I know I can be."
While on the field, safeties usually fit into one of two molds.
They are either big hitters or great in coverage, and according to Mauger, he leans one way, but can also contribute heavily in both areas.
"I see myself as a coverage type safety because I'm always thinking back there. I'm always thinking about the down and distance, and knowing where their best receiver is at," said Mauger. "I like to help shut down the best receiver, but I know I can roll down and help against the run too if they need me to do that."
Joining the Bulldogs 2013 class before Dawg Night might lead some to believe that UGA's second safety commitment will opt out of the competition and enjoy his time on campus.
But that just isn't the Marietta native's style.
"I'll definitely be competing," said "I can't just sit on the sideline and not work. That isn't me."
The Georgia class already contains 11 prospects that plan to enroll early, and Mauger plans to push that number to an even dozen.
"Yes sir, I will be enrolling early," said Mauger. "I can't wait to get in there."