June 17, 2012

Offer shocks Mauger



Kell defensive back Quincy Mauger has had a busy month.

In the last four weeks, Mauger has dominated in 7on7 tournaments, and starred at two camps at Tennessee and Georgia.

While having an excellent camp at Tennessee earlier in the week didn't earn him an offer, his performance at the Mark Richt Mini-Camp on Saturday paid dividend for the sleeper prospect and he now holds his first SEC offer.

"I got offered by Coach Mark Richt, and I was very surprised," said Mauger with a smile. "They are talking about an early graduation for me and me coming in early. So I am definitely looking more into UGA and looking into becoming a Dawg.

Coming into the camp, Mauger wasn't quite sure what to expect, but after getting a small pep talk from his Head Coach at Kell, Derek Cook, the star defender was ready to show what he could do.

"Coach Cook gave us a little speech and told us to compete," said Mauger. "He told us that no matter what happens, the next play is important. So I just came out here and ran a 4.53 in the 40 and after that I started looking forward to the 1on1's and 7on7's.

Very few players can anticipate attending a camp in front of dozens of coaches and media members and putting up a personal best in the 40-yard dash and excelling in every drill and competition.

Mauger isn't ashamed to admit that he didn't quite see it coming either.

"I actually did surprise myself with some thing today," he said. "Playing off technique isn't my strongest point and that is what I did today. I feel like I perfected it today, but there is still a lot of room to work at it and work at it all."

The trip to the Classic City on Saturday wasn't Mauger's first of the year.

He visited earlier in 2013 for a junior day, and feels he is quite familiar with what the Georgia program has to offer.

"I was here earlier in the year for a junior day with Brendan Langley," said Mauger. "We saw the facility and it is a great facility. I know Mark Richt teaches his guys to be very disciplined so I like that."

Having a chance to compete in the camp on Saturday gave the Longhorn safety a chance to get and up close and personal look of how the Georgia coaches operate.

According to Mauger, that opportunity has done nothing but help the Bulldog's cause.
"Their coaching style is one that I like," said Mauger. "I just like to learn new things when I am learning a defense."

Competing in camps and in 7on7 tournaments has given Mauger a chance to play the game in front of plenty of people this summer, but as is always the case, he and his Kell Longhorns will open their season in the Georgia Dome in the Corky Kell Classic on August 25.

Game one of the 2012 season is something Mauger and his teammates are looking forward to in a big way.

"We open up with Chattahoochee, and we have all of our defensive backs returning and a lot of our linebackers," he said. "We have a lot of our defensive playmakers coming back and also some on offense. It will be a real good game and we are excited. I'm also excited about playing game 15 in the dome for the state championship."

Now that his recruitment has started to pick up steam, and he holds an offer from the home state team, the Kell standout knows exactly where UGA stands on his list of schools.

"I mean, I don't know that I was really expecting this," Mauger laughed. "But they are definitely up there at the top of my list."

Don't expect Mauger to be rigid when it comes to mapping out a plan for how his recruitment will go.

At this point, he is just going to play it by ear.

"I'm definitely going to enjoy the process right now," he said. "I'm going to go home and talk to my mom about it. If she thinks the time is right and I think the time is right, I have no problem ending it."

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