July 20, 2010

How close is John Theus to committing?

When it comes to the University of Georgia, Bolles School offensive lineman John Theus says he's seen enough.

No, the 2012 prospect isn't quite ready to make a commitment, but during an interview with UGASports he admits he likes what he sees.

"I know all I need to know about Georgia. I have visited a few times and camped a few times, and I know Coach (Stacy) Searels and the staff pretty well," Theus said. "I have had the tour of the weight room and the facilities and I think it is a great place. Athens is known as God's country and it is full of great people and home to an all around great school in Georgia."

But commit? Not quite.

Although older brother Nathan Theus gave his commitment to the Bulldogs Saturday, the younger brother says he's going to take his time, despite some good-nature pressure from some of Georgia's current 2011 commits.

"(After Nathan committed) Watts Dantzler, Hunter Long, and David Andrews all immediately looked at me and said it was my turn," Theus laughed. "David has this saying that 'I am eating their chicken but I am not voting for them.' He says that because I am going to all their camps but I have not committed yet. They are not putting any bad pressure on me, they just want me to go ahead and join them."

Perhaps in due time he will.

"I have not decided yet. I still have some schools that I want to look at and make sure I make the right decision," he said. "But I said before that if my brother committed that would play a big role in my decision and it will. I am just going to play it by ear and see how it goes."

Theus said last weekend's trip to Athens was one of the best he's had.

Besides getting to see his brother commit, being able to take part in the Bulldogs' Dawg Night festivities was also a highlight.

"It went great and it was a lot of fun. It was nice and cool out there since it was night time, so we were able to enjoy the competition more. The 1-on-1's are my favorite part of being an offensive lineman," Theus said. "You work for the chance to compete and show what you have worked for. That's what we at Bolles bust our tails in the weight room and on the practice fields for."

Theus said he also enjoyed reconnecting with head coach Mark Richt, offensive line coach Stacy Searels, along with current Bulldogs Ben Jones and Austin Long.

Of course, the competition was top-notch as well.

"There were some great athletes out there on the defensive side of the ball, so the competition level was really high," Theus said. "I got to go with the first group, so I was able to go against the best guys. There were some kids that were really good and some incredible athletes lining up against me, but I thought I did pretty well."

The rest of the trip was for Nathan. John Theus said he wasn't surprised his brother decided to become a Dawg.

"Nathan and I talked about his decision, and I knew he wanted to get it out of the way. I knew his heart was at Georgia, so it really did not surprise me that he did it at the camp. He had hit it off with the coaches and the players, so there was this all around feeling of being part of the family," he said. "Every time we go up there we are treated so well, it just makes Athens feel like home to Nathan. This is going to be his home for the next four to five years, so taking football out of the equation he still realized that Georgia was the place for him."

The younger Theus admits he's already made some great friends.

"The group of players they have committed right now is like a family. We have met some of the commitments three times so far, and Hunter Long, Watts Dantzler, David Andrews and Zach Debell, we all just connected," he said. "We have all become great friends, and my brother has already found his roommates between those guys. It is really cool to find guys like that that you can connect with and find similar ground."

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