STOCKBRIDGE, GEORGIA– The clock hit 7:10 p.m. ET, and it was time for a water break at the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia satellite camp at Woodland High School.
As the rest of the offensive lineman headed to the sideline for some water, D’Antne Demery stayed by a Georgia staffer and completed two more reps of a footwork drill. The two exchanged a few words before the four-star offensive tackle joined the rest of the group.
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart was also in attendance, and had a brief conversation with Demery before drills got underway. Georgia had their eyes on the 6-foot-6, 319-pound recruit on Wednesday, and several other SEC schools are in pursuit.
Demery knows which school he will choose and the decision will become public next Wednesday.
The nation’s No. 16 offensive tackle has visited both Georgia and Alabama, the two schools left vying for his services. He recalls the endless trophies during his unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa and vividly remembers competing at last year’s Dawg Night recruiting camp in Athens.
“They are real tough people,” Demery said of Alabama. “I love to work hard and Nick Saban is a great coach…It was Nick Saban who I really talked to. He is a great coach, down-to-earth man and he is going to tell you what’s real. He isn’t going to sugarcoat anything.”
Demery was supremely focused on Wednesday, constantly in communication with teammates about their craft. He is a hard worker and loves the Crimson Tide’s pedigree. But Georgia has Kirby Smart and a welcoming environment.
“Kirby and the people at Georgia,” Demery said of his favorite thing about the Bulldogs. “They are real cool. They want to know you. I love that about UGA. It’s kind of like the people in Brunswick, where I am from.”
The state of Georgia’s No. 13 prospect likes the idea of playing for offensive line coach Sam Pittman, and the Bulldogs also hold a secret weapon. Rising sophomore Roquan Smith played his high school football at Macon County, where Brunswick High School coach Larry Harold used to coach. Now that Harold is at Brunswick, Smith has built a relationship with the four-star prospect and is constantly in his ear about the Bulldogs.
“Roquan calls me and comes down all the time,” Brunswick coach Larry Harold said. “Of course they have built a relationship and yes, he talks to him about Georgia to death. He’s telling them the positive things and that is the kind of insight that Georgia has since I have a former player there.”
Demery and his Brunswick teammates will head to Georgia’s 7v7 camp on Thursday and he will announce his commitment following the Golden Isles Exposure camp at his high school next Wednesday.
Harold said that a “litany” of schools are still trying to get in their last-minute pitches to the four-star prospect, including Florida, Miami, Virginia and Kentucky, among others.
But Demery’s mind is made up, and he said there is nothing that can change his decision.
“That’s a wrap,” he said.
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