April 23, 2009

Another QB visits today

Georgia coaches made significant inroads in Memphis, Tenn. last February when the Bulldogs added Marlon Brown and Austin Long to its 2009 signing class.

Could another Memphis standout be on the way?

Although Memphis University School quarterback Barry Brunetti has yet to receive an offer, he'll have his fingers crossed when he takes an unofficial visit at Georgia today.

Brunetti, who is in town for this weekend's NIKE Camp at the UGA Practice Facility, is looking forward to hear what Bulldog coaches have to say.

"Georgia coaches came to see me three times, twice in the fall and once in January, when they were recruiting Marlon and Austin," Brunetti told UGASports. "I've also talked to Coach (Stacy) Searels on the phone twice. I feel they are pretty close to offering, but I won't know for sure until I meet with Coach (Mike) Bobo (today)."

A dual-threat standout, the 6-foot, 207-pound Brunetti combined for 36 touchdowns last year as a junior, rushing for 704 yards and scoring 18 times while passing for 1,251 yards and 18 touchdowns.

He currently holds offers from Duke, Memphis, Mississippi State, Marshall, Tulsa and Chattanooga. Brunetti is also being recruited by Florida, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, although the three, like Georgia, have yet to offer him a scholarship.

"I hope Georgia does offer me," Brunetti said. "There's a lot of interest on my part. Georgia has a rich quarterback tradition plus it's a big-time school."

Although Brunetti said one of his strengths is his ability to make plays in open space, he said he's equally comfortable running offenses designed for spread or pro-style passers.

"My quickness gets me out of a lot of trouble all the time," he said.

Brunetti added he's looking forward to the Nike Camp and Friday's Elite 11 to gauge just how he matches up against some of the country's better prep quarterbacks.

He also plans on making a decision on his college future sooner rather than later.

"I plan on making my decision sometime in July or the beginning of August," he said. Would a Georgia offer accelerate that process?

"I already had them in my top five," Brunetti said. "An offer would push them up even higher."

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