ESPN 150 defensive end Dante Sawyer narrows list to Georgia and Alabama

 Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt shown on the field during the Georgia Spring Day Game at Sanford Stadium. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Coach Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs are currently the presumptive favorite to land the services are star defensive end recruit Dante Sawyer. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2014 college football recruiting battles are starting to really heat up. No where do these sweepstakes for players get as intense as in the SEC.

Thus, the battle for ESPN 150-rated defensive end Dante Sawyer is on, between Georgia and Alabama. The Crimson Tide has its obvious advantages in three shiny, diamond-studded rings sitting on coach Nick Saban’s desk in his office, but don’t count the Bulldogs out just yet.

In fact, the Suwanne, Ga. (North Gwinnett High School) native has the two SEC programs evenly matched as he readies himself to make a decision.

“I am going to decide in the next two to three weeks,” Sawyer told Radi Nabulsi of “I am not sure which one I am going to pick, but it is down to Alabama and Georgia.”

Sawyer has reported that his parents will be helping him make his decision.

“My parents and how they feel about the schools is going to make the difference,” Sawyer told Jake Rowe of “Then I’ll be going with my gut. It is all about where I’ll be for the next four years.”

Nabulsi believes that because his parents (especially his mother) are going to help him make his decision, young Sawyer may be more inclined to stay closer to home rather than heading to Tuscaloosa. What’s more is the fact that he has friends currently signed with Georgia in DeVondre Seymore and Shaun McGee.

“Sawyer is close friends with Georgia signees DeVondre Seymour and Shaun McGee. Seymour played on the same team and he has known McGee since they were children. As much as Sawyer loves everything about Alabama, I think his close ties to those two and the idea of playing close to home could cause him to pick Georgia. But as of Monday, he said he was evenly split and would have his mom help him make the decision. “

From the sounds of it, it might behoove Mark Richt or Nick Saban to send some flowers Seymor’s mom’s way.

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