GAINESVILLE, Fla. — William Poole III is favoring two schools, but his parents already have their minds set on one.
The four-star cornerback from Hapeville Charter in Atlanta named a top two Wednesday of Florida and Georgia, which he revealed to Dawg Nation last month.
Poole said he’s no longer doing interviews until after his commitment, which he plans to make this summer. SEC Country spoke with his father, William Poole II, who wasn’t shy about sharing where he and his wife Leslie want their son to go.
“I like everything about Georgia,” Poole said. “I’m a Georgia boy, so I’ve been raised on Georgia football my whole life. I’m kind of biased when it comes to it. That’s why I try to stay out of it and let him make his decision.”
Poole said they’re not pressuring him to pick UGA, but he could see their preference influencing his decision.
“In a way, I kind of do,” Poole said. “He knows where my heart is, but he’s knows I’ll respect whatever he wants to do. But by him just knowing that we’re Georgia fans, I think it’ll weigh on him a bit.”
Poole was offered by UF last summer but has yet to visit the school. He was scheduled to attend Florida’s Junior Day last month, but did not make the trip. Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins went to see him on Jan. 19.
“He’s been talking to Florida on the phone,” Poole said. “We were supposed to go down there for a visit, but we had some family stuff come up so we never did. Part of the reason is because that was during the time they had gotten rid of the defensive backs coach and they hadn’t put anybody in place yet, so there really was no need to go talk about football anyway.
“But as far as the school itself, I really don’t know much about it. They’ll have to sell it to him. I’m not the one making the decision. That’s pretty much on him with Florida. I really don’t have much to say about it. I told him if he went there I’d root for them because he’s my son, but when I get back home I’m putting my Georgia stuff back on.”
Poole previously named Florida State his leader during the fall, but his father wasn’t high on that school either. He had been interested in another SEC program, but that has changed with Kirby Smart going to UGA.
“I think it was a power move,” Poole said of the Smart hire. “I’m a defensive-minded person and my son is. I knew Florida was one of his favorites, but as far as I was concerned it was Georgia or Alabama.
“When they made the move to bring Smart and Alabama’s defense here, that was just a plus for me. The best of both worlds are right in our backyard now, so we really don’t have to go anywhere.”
Poole is ranked as the No. 10 cornerback in the nation and the No. 11 player in the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite.