March 26, 2012

Boulware down to two

The only thing that stays the same in recruiting is the fact that every thing continues to change and change rapidly.

TL Hanna (Anderson, S.C.) linebacker Ben Boulware told UGASports just a few short weeks ago that he would wait awhile before he made a decision, but, as has become the norm in recruiting, the star defender has had a change of heart.

"I guess I just have a good idea of where I want to go," said Boulware. "I'm not sure yet, but I feel like I'll have it figured out in the next couple of weeks.

Boulware isn't going to keep anyone guessing either, as he is ready to name his top two teams.

"Georgia and Clemson are my top two," said Boulware. "It is down to those two. I saw Georgia this past week and for their VID (Very Important Dawg) Day a few weeks ago, and I'll be going to a Clemson practice this week."

The Palmetto State standout raised some eyebrows this past weekend in Athens when he tweeted as an observer at UGA's first full pad, full contact scrimmage.

According to Boulware, his visit to the Classic City was another productive and impressive trip.

"I had a good time and practice was pretty intense," he said. "Folks were retweeting my tweets like crazy, but it was just football. Those guys were getting after it and getting into fights and stuff, but that happens. It is football. I got a chance to spend time with Coach (John) Lilly and Coach O (Kirk Olivadotti), and learn about how they play defense."

The three-star prospect also got an opportunity to spend some time with head coach Mark Richt, and learned an important piece of information about the Bulldog's need at his position.

"Coach (Mark) Richt and I talked for a little bit too," said Boulware. "He told me that after this year, they lose a lot of their linebackers. They will only have a few on campus. That let me know that, if I go there, I could compete and play right away."

Georgia extended an offer to Boulware on March 3 when he was on campus for the VID event, and Clemson offered just a week later on a visit to Death Valley.

The similarities, however, between the two programs don't stop there in Boulware's perspective.

"Both schools are doing well right now and have great things going," he said. "Both are playing very good football and are at or close to the top of their game, and I like that about both."

Boulware's brother, Garrett, is an outfielder for Clemson's baseball team, and it has been widely speculated that his brother's presence plus close proximity to his hometown would give the Tigers an edge in his recruitment.

Boulware, however, says that neither will play a role in his decision.

"I mean, Athens is an hour or an hour and 15 minutes away, and Clemson is like 30 minutes away," said Boulware. "That isn't enough to make a difference really. My brother and I are close, I mean, we are brothers, but he wants me to do what is best for me and go where I feel comfortable. The distance really isn't a factor."

It has been said time and time again that recruiting is about relationships, and that is where Georgia and Clemson differ at this point in Boulware's recruitment.

"I've talked with Coach (Brent) Venables a good bit, but I don't know him that well since he just got there. I haven't really built a relationship with him, and I don't really know that much about him since he has only been there for like a month." said Boulware. "Me and Coach O are pretty close. He is a great guy and I love the way he coaches. He seems like a chill guy and at practice he is a chill guy until they start hitting. I love the way he coaches and he is a family guy and I love that about him."

When it comes time to make a decision, however, the one final factor will be something that Boulware hasn't even decided on yet.

"The main thing I will look at is my major and academics," he said. "I either want to major in Archaeology/History, or major in something military related. I haven't figured that out, but it will play a big role in my decision."

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