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April 25, 2006

Top Georgia RB plans USC visit

Marietta (Ga.) Kell running back Jonathan Dwyer is considered to be one of the top overall players the Peach State has to offer in the class of 2007, and he has the offer sheet to back it up.

"I have 21 offers now," the 6-foot, 205-pound Dwyer said. "Some of the schools that have offered me that I'm looking at the hardest are Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, LSU, Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina. I'd like to visit all of those schools this summer once my track season is over with."

Dwyer, who rushed for 1898 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, has already visited Florida and liked what the Gators had to offer.

"I was there for one their practices, and it was very intense," he said. "I also liked how the coaches talked to the players. Coach Urban Meyer seems like a down to earth guy off the field, but when it's time to go on the field, he's intense."

Dwyer, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, also likes what in-state Georgia has to offer.

"Georgia is close to home and their head coach, Mark Richt, is a good Christian man," Dwyer said. "Coach (Tony) Ball, their running back coach, seems like a good guy, and I really like Coach (Mike) Bobo a lot. They also have a tradition of putting players into the NFL."

The Auburn Tigers have also attracted Dwyer's attention.

"Auburn is only about two hours away, so they're close to home. They have a tradition of sending running backs into the NFL, and they always feature them in their offense. I'm good friends with Brent Fullwood, who played there back when Bo Jackson was there. He's a family friend."

The South Carolina Gamecocks are one of the latest teams to offer Dwyer.

"Steve Spurrier is getting the players he needs to turn that program around, and I think they're going to shock some people in the next couple of years. I know Terrance Campbell and Eric Norwood, and they're both going there this coming year. I have family in North Carolina, but it's right on the border, so it isn't too far from South Carolina."

Dwyer knows exactly what he's looking for in a school.

"First and foremost will be academics. Football doesn't last forever no matter how long I play, so I know the importance of getting a good education. No matter where I go it's going to be away from home, so I have to find a school where I'll fit in and feel safe for the next four or five years of my life. The last thing is location because I really want my family and friends to be able to see me play each week."

Dwyer isn't sure when he'll make his decision.

"It could be tomorrow or it could be sometime this summer and I could wait it out to the big day (signing day). I just don't know yet. My top three as of tonight are Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and Florida."

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