March 5, 2012

Boulware talks offer



T.L. Hanna (Anderson, S.C.) linebacker Ben Boulware is a rising star.

At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, Boulware is a tackling machine for the Yellow Jackets, and it seems as if every school that sees his film, is extending an offer.

The Palmetto State star took a visit to Athens for Georgia's Very Important Dawg (VID) event, and there he got yet another offer.

"It was one of the first things that happened there," said Boulware. " We went into Coach O's (Kirk Olivadotti) office, and we were watching film. Then Coach (Mark) Richt came in and invited us to his office. He told me there that I had an offer and that they want me there."

The offer from the Bulldogs gives Boulware over a dozen at this point in his recruitment, but this one stands out a bit because of what he learned about the Georgia's style of defense while in the Classic City.

"I was happy to get this offer because the way they play defense is the way I like to play," he said. "Coach O was showing me film and it is exactly how I do it. It isn't complicated for the linebackers, they just want you to fill your gap, find the football, and hit somebody. That is what I love doing."

In speaking with the Georgia coaching staff, Boulware had an opportunity to learn exactly how Georgia wants to recruit the linebacker position in 2013.

"They told me that they want to bring in four inside linebackers, and two outside linebackers," said Boulware. "Coach O told me they didn't bring in any true inside guys last year, and that they ideally want to bring in four this year. They only want to bring in two outside guys because they brought in a few last year."

Boulware has experienced a Junior Day before, but VID was something entirely different according to the South Carolina native.

"I was extremely impressed with the visit," he said. "I got a chance to spend so much time with the coaches, and it was very well done. They were very organized, and I liked it. I got to spend a lot of time with Coach O and Coach (Todd) Grantham, and really just had a good time there."

The visit, the offer, and Georgia's recruitment of the Boulware are all reasons that the Bulldogs have made a positive impression on star linebacker so early in the recruiting process.

So much of a positive impact, that while he isn't ready to name leaders Boulware admits that he holds the UGA in high regard.

"This visit and the offer definitely puts them up there," he said. "They have been recruiting me pretty hard. We have been talking almost every day even before the visit. I don't have any leaders yet and am still open to everyone, but they are up there for me."

Boulware is a 4.0 student but won't be enrolling early because of his love his for high school and the fact that he is also a star on the baseball diamond for T.L. Hanna.

He also has no plans of making a decision with any sort of haste.

"I'm just going to take my time and figure it all out," he said. "I'm going to be impressed a lot when I am being recruited, and I just want to make sure I see as much as I can and make the right decision."

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