Canandaigua (N.Y.) Academy offensive tackle Ryan Poles had to be considered a strong Boston College lean heading into his trip to Georgia this past weekend. Things might have changed.
"It gave me a lot to think about," said the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder of his official visit to Athens, Ga. "Just the crowd, the support there, the things they do for a rivalry game -- all of that was great."
Poles said the Dawg Walk alone got him thinking.
"That just gets everyone so pumped up," he said. "I was ready to throw on the pads and go hit someone myself. Things like that I'd never seen before -- the way the crowd cheers the opening kickoff and stuff. It was just what football should be about."
Poles now must weigh many factors in making a choice.
"BC has tradition in my family (father went there and played football), a great offensive line tradition and I fit in well in the Northeast," he said. "Georgia has the potential to win a national title, amazing fans and support and awesome facilities. It's not going to be easy."
Poles could still take an official visit to Tennessee if needed, but right now it looks like a two-team race.
"I'll give it a week or two or as long as it takes to make a choice," he said. "Right now it's tough."