Lee County WR Seay makes it official: Athens it is

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

LEESBURG -- Lee County receiver Sanford Seay verbally committed to Georgia on Thursday and has canceled his visits to other schools who were interested in the all-state receiver.

Seay, who caught 68 passes for 1,105 yards and 15 touchdowns, told The Herald in an exclusive interview Sunday that he had all but decided to go to Georgia, but wanted to meet with Bulldogs coaches first to ask a few final questions before he made up his mind.

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and receivers coach Tony Ball made the trip to Leesburg and met with Seay on Thursday. After that meeting, Seay made the commitment.

"The meeting went real well,'' said Seay, who met with the coaches at Lee County High School. "I got to talk to coach Ball and then I talked with both coach Ball and coach Bobo. They said I would be seeing the field a lot and that I would be getting playing time as long as I worked hard and listened to what the coaches said. I was planning on working hard anyway."

Seay then added: "I know I will be competing against a lot of players like me. They are bringing back four or five receivers and they have recruited three receivers, so I know there will be competition, but I know as long as I work hard I will get playing time. I'm planning on showing them what I can do.''

Seay is the first Lee County football player in the school's history to accept a scholarship to Georgia.

"We're real excited for Sanford and the opportunity he is getting,'' said Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio, who ran a wide-open offense that took advantage of Seay's ability to run and catch. "As far as I know, he is the first football player from Lee County to receive a football scholarship to Georgia. I'm sure others have had offers, but he's the first to go there.''

The coach says Seay already has the test score to qualify, but still needs to finish the year in the classroom.

"He has to finish up strong in the classroom,'' Fabrizio said. "We expect him to qualify.''

So does Georgia, which recently revoked a scholarship offer to Booker T. Washington receiver Zack Witchett. Schools are nailing down prospects right now because national signing day is Feb. 2.

"I feel I will finish the school year strong, especially knowing the situation I am in,'' Seay said. "I will (qualify). I want this real bad. I'm going to do whatever I have to do.''

Seay said he wanted to be a Bulldog because he grew up as a Georgia fan.

It was a clear and easy choice for him.

Fabrizio has no doubt that Seay will succeed at the next level.

"Sanford is really a great receiver,'' he said. "The sky is the limit for him. He has great ability. He is a big kid with great speed who had a tremendous year for us. There are a lot of great (prospects) who go to college, but once you get to college it comes down to the hard work you put in.''

Seay grew up in Mitchell County before moving to Leesburg, and is good friends with Eagles receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who has also verbally committed to Georgia.

"We were talking this week, and he's excited that I'm going to Georgia,'' Seay said. "He kept telling me to go ahead an make the commitment. He kept saying, 'What are you waiting for?' I haven't told him yet that I made the commitment, but he will be real happy for me when I tell him.''

Both Seay and Scott-Wesley will be going into a situation where Georgia could be desperate for a big-time receiver because A.J. Green, a junior, may be leaving for the NFL Draft.

Seay said Green's decision to go to the NFL or stay at Georgia didn't affect his decision to sign with the Bulldogs.

"This is what I wanted,'' Seay said. "My mom and dad are happy. My family is excited. I've got my whole family behind me on this.''