The Georgia football team has a pretty good track record with highly-rated offensive recruits from out of state. Now the Bulldogs are reaching into the Big Easy, hoping to have plucked another future offensive star.
Receiver Michael Chigbu of New Orleans committed to Georgia on Thursday night, announcing his decision via Twitter. Chigbu, listed at 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds, is a consensus four-star prospect.
Chigbu told Sportsnola.com that his final decision came down to Georgia and Texas A&M, and that he also gave Arizona State and UCLA serious consideration.
The recruit said the man who will be his position coach at Georgia figured heavily in his decision.
"Tony Ball is one of the best in the business," Chigbu told NOLA.com.
Some of Georgia's best recent offensive players have been from outside Georgia: Tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall (North Carolina), receiver A.J. Green (South Carolina), quarterback Aaron Murray (Florida), quarterback Matt Stafford (Texas) and tailback Knowshon Moreno (New Jersey).
A member of Georgia's recruiting staff posted a tweet on Thursday night that was easy to decipher:
Geaux Dawgs.— Ben Brandenburg (@dbbrandenburg) July 25, 2014
Chigbu is the second receiver to join Georgia's 2015 class, along with four-star prospect Christian Owens. Five-star prospect Terry Godwin and three-star prospect Shaquery Wilson can also play receiver, and have also committed to the Bulldogs.
Overall, Georgia now has 16 commitments for the 2015 class.