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good pic. i saw malcome, stripling, and smith earlier today in the dining hall, when the other recruits were eating...wasn't expecting them to be here today but it was nice for them to make it out to athens and bond.

these guys have an interest in uga adding great players to come in for the 2011 class. it was great that they were on campus and we have some terrific players in the picture and future sec champs IMO.

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O'Leary drawing national interest

Shurburtt By JC Shurburtt

ESPN Recruiting


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- William T. Dwyer High celebrated its first state championship (Florida, Class 4A) this past season and one look at the talented roster explains why.

Not only did the Panthers have players like ESPNU 150 athlete Matt Elam, cornerback Robert Clark and tight end Gerald Christian in the 2010 class, they featured multiple Division I prospects for the Class of 2011.

Tight end Nick O'Leary, defensive end/linebacker Curt Maggitt and quarterback/athlete Jacoby Brissett are the headliners. O'Leary is one of the nation's top prospects at his position, Maggitt has an impressive national offer list and Brissett, a two-sport athlete, has a ton of upside.

Gerry HamiltonNick O'Leary has family ties to Georgia and Ohio State.

"I think [2011] is one of the best classes we've had," Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels said. "But we have a good nucleus of players coming back. I don't know if I will ever have as good of a team as I had last year. But we are excited about the upcoming year."

O'Leary is a national prospect

O'Leary, the grandson of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, first emerged on the national scene last March at the Miami Nike Football Training Camp in Coral Gables, Fla. During one-on-one drills, O'Leary caught everything that was thrown to him, reinforcing a big local reputation for having great hands.

O'Leary has started to collect scholarship offers. Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Boston College and others have stepped up with offers during the early stages of the process.

"If the ball gets near him, he's going to catch it," Daniels said. "He's got the best hands that I've seen in 20 years of coaching high school football. He's physical, he runs good routes and he's a competitor. I think he's got the chance to be one of the best players in the country."

There are family ties to two programs. Nick's father, Bill O'Leary, played at Georgia, while Nicklaus is an Ohio State alum.

"I've always liked Georgia growing up," O'Leary said. "I liked Georgia and Ohio State. Now that I am being recruited and getting a lot of offers, I am open to everybody."

For now, O'Leary is finishing out a season in another sport before the focus shifts back to finding a college.

"I am waiting until lacrosse season is over before I even think about it," he said. "We won state [in lacrosse] last year, but we aren't as good as we were last year. It's fun to go out there and hit people and stuff like that."

O'Leary is taking all of the attention in stride.

"You've just got to keep your head on straight," O'Leary said. "I've got to keep playing the way I've been playing and get better."

As for Nicklaus, the Golden Bear is a fixture around Dwyer athletics.

"I don't think he missed a game this season," Daniels said. "He was at our basketball game [Thursday night] to see [brissett] play. The kids love him and he's a fan of the whole program here."

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