July 18, 2013

Edoga accomplishes goal

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Prior to Dawg Night on July 12, McEachern offensive lineman Chuma Edoga, a rising junior, already had 10 offers.

But he had a mission to earn an 11th from Georgia.

After running the 40-yard-dash in 4.78 seconds and a great showing in both drill work and one-on-one's, the Cobb County standout's mission was accomplished.

"I thought [Dawg Night] was a really cool experience because I went up there about a month before for a seven-on-seven and an offensive line/defensive line thing. It was pretty cool and Coach [Mark] Richt told me, 'if you come back and show what you can do at Dawg Night, you can earn an offer,'" Edoga said. "So I came into Dawg Night with the mindset that I had to well so I could earn the offer. I just tried my hardest and I earned the offer."

The next logical question is, why Georgia? Why would Edoga be looking to get an offer from the Bulldogs?

According to the Peach State prospect, it is an offer he has wanted for quite some time.

"Georgia has been one of my favorite schools growing up so I've always wanted to get an offer there so that I can maybe play there in the future," he said. "So when I got the offer, I was really excited."

It wasn't just the offer that made Dawg Night a positive experience for the McEachern linemen.

He says that his night in Athens was a great learning experience as well.

"Yeah I really learned a lot about different techniques and different strategies to use in one-on-one's and run blocking that I may not learn from my high school coaches," Edoga said. "It was a really good learning experience."

Having visited UGA a couple of times this summer and earning an offer at Dawg Night, it is safe to say that the Bulldogs are now in solid position to land the blue chip junior.

"Right now I'm putting Georgia at the top. They are my top school," he said. "The other schools that are recruiting me hard are Clemson, Florida State, and Auburn. Those are schools are recruiting me the hardest."

Earning double-digit offers before junior film is circulated is quite a feat, but Edoga has all of the tools.

At 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, Edoga is an excellent athlete evidenced by his 40-yard dash time at Dawg Night and has the arm length that programs covet in a star tackle.

But according to the 2015 prospect, there are other aspects of his game that allow him to be successful and some other things he needs to work on to become a complete player.

"I'm pretty athletic so I use it to my advantage when run blocking," he said. "I can come off the ball faster than a defensive lineman. Also when I have to make a reach block, I can get around the guy faster. I also feel like I am really aggressive so that helps me as a run blocker. I feel like I need to work on my pass set a little more. I need to get a little better with that and with my feet."

With the summer starting to wind down, high school programs, like McEachern, are holding their fall camps and starting to focus on the 2013 season.

Edoga says that he is done with recruiting for this summer, but has plans of seeing more places this fall and next summer before making a decision.

"I can't really go on any more visits this summer," Edoga said. "I'm trying to get most of my visits done next summer so that I can maybe commit somewhere before my senior season or maybe right after and during the winter. I may get to a couple of games at different schools this season, too."

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