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October 8, 2013

LeCounte, UGA adding up?

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HINESVILLE - As National Signing Day 2014 gets closer and closer, coaching staffs are becoming even more involved with 2015 and 2016 prospects.

But that isn't all that is going on.

Prospects in the 2017 class are also starting to emerge and there is no hotter high school freshman in the country than Liberty County defensive back Richard LeCounte.

LeCounte has started all six games of his freshman season for the Panthers, and is already getting attention from some of the top schools in the country.

Some 14-year-olds may not be able to handle that type of pressure, but LeCounte sees it as a positive.

"It feels real good just to have the exposure at an early age; for me to keep going and keep going so they can move me harder and harder so I'll be able to progress in my mental and physical ability," LeCounte said.

The Peach State playmaker recently took his first visit to Georgia when the Bulldogs defeated LSU 44-41, and he left impressed with what he saw in Athens.

"It was real good," he said. "It was I think my second college game that I've ever went to and it was the best I've ever went to. I really liked it. I like the [defensive backs] coach [Scott Lakatos] and I talked to Mark Richt and all that. It felt like I was at home when I was there."

With over three years left before LeCounte can put pen to paper and sign a letter-of-intent, the Georgia coaching staff still had a strong but simple message for the star freshman.

"Commit to the 'G'," LeCounte said with a laugh. "They move hard and fast and they know what they are doing. It isn't just 11 guys running around on the field. They know what they are doing. If you commit yourself to doing it and working hard, it will come to you."

Coming into his first visit to Georgia, LeCounte was already familiar with the UGA program.

As a matter of fact, Georgia is a program he followed heavily growing up.

"I was a real big Bacarri Rambo fan since his freshman year [at Georgia] and Jarvis Jones and those guys like that," he said. "I really like Georgia, too and the history. Coach (Kirk) Warner, he played at Georgia and things like that."

LeCounte held offers from Ohio State and Florida going into his UGA visit, and has been in contact with Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss, Cincinnati, and Akron.

According to the 2017 prospect, the Georgia coaches let him know he has a home in Athens if he wants to play his college ball Between the Hedges.

"That it was always a home for me there when I need it," LeCounte said when asked what the UGA staff had to say in regards to a scholarship offer. "There is always a home [at Georgia]."

So where does the visit and possible offer put the Bulldogs?

"I really like them," he said. "It really put them [Georgia] on the top. It put them on the top three of the scholarships I have. I think they are on top."

At this point in his recruitment, LeCounte says that he is focused on his team as Liberty County is off to a 6-0 start.

He currently has no other visits planned for the 2013 season.

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