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Tennessee OL Austin Long headed to UGA

2:31 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Georgia has once again stepped outside of the state and secured a commitment for the Class of 2009. Austin Long, an offensive lineman from Briarcrest Christian Schools in Memphis committed to Georgia. Quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., who has committed to Georgia, took the lead in recruiting Long. "I was hoping to narrow it down to two or three schools over this weekend, " Long said. "I really thought about it and talked to my parents about it and prayed about it. Then I was talking to Aaron Murray and he really helped. I asked him all kinds of questions and if he was still happy now that he has committed. "He told me he was happy and he was going to recruit me until I committed, " Long said. "He told me he wanted to be a part of the No. 1 recruiting class." To get that class Georgia may have to secure a few more top prospects, one of which Long has already started to work on. "Soon as I talked to [Georgia offensive line coach Stacy] Searels, I called Marlon Brown and told him I was going to start working on him, " Long said. Brown is considered one of the top prep wide receivers in the nation. He has a list of 15 schools, of which Georgia is one. Long had offers from several schools in the Southeastern Conference and was also drawing interest from Florida State. He visited the Georgia campus during spring practice. He also took unofficial visits to North Carolina, Florida, Florida State and Alabama. Long is rated as a top 10 tackle by


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