Originally created 10/15/02

Thomson linebacker signs with Georgia



There was little doubt the University of Georgia was interested in luring Thomson linebacker Danny Verdun into becoming the a Bulldog.

Monday morning, the effort paid off when Verdun committed to play football at Georgia next season.

"Georgia recruited me real hard," Verdun said. "I mean, hard. They called me once a week and tried to keep me on the phone for two hours to see what I was going to do."

Verdun's decision ultimately was sealed Saturday when he attended the Georgia-Tennessee game.

He went home that night, talked about the possibilities with his family, attended church Sunday, then made the decision to pick the Bulldogs over Auburn.

"He's thought about it for the last month or two," Thomson coach Luther Welsh said. "He finally made his decision this weekend."

One reason Verdun - who has 22 tackles, 22 assists, and one interception for No. 1 Thomson this year - chose Georgia is because coaches told him he likely would play next season.

"It's the chance for me to go in and play as a true freshman," Verdun said. "I think it's the right choice."

Now Verdun, whose squad travels to rival Statesboro this Friday, gets to concentrate on the rest of Thompson's Region 3-AAAA schedule and the possibility of a state title.

"I could have waited until February to commit," Verdun said."But I wanted to get this out of the way and concentrate on the rest of my senior year. I wanted to focus on Statesboro."

Reach Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 or josh.katzowitz@augustachronicle.com