July 25, 2010

Larkin likes the Dawgs

Coming out of last summer, the Georgia Bulldogs made an Orlando native, 2010 signee Cady Lalanne, one of their top targets going into the fall. This year, there is a possibility that the Dawgs will be heading down to Orlando again to recruit one of the area's top overall players in Dr. Phillips point guard Shane Larkin.

The diminutive but extremely quick point guard has played very well this year on the AAU circuit and his success resulted in him now holding double digit offers with many other schools showing serious interest.

"It's going pretty good. I have offers from Iowa, DePaul, Northeastern, George Mason, Alabama, South Florida, Florida State, Central Florida, Colorado, and Rice," said the 5-foot-11, 150-pound point guard. "I'm also getting interest from Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgia, USC, Temple, Harvard, Nebraska, Clemson, UCLA, Kansas State, Miami, and Florida."

The Georgia Bulldogs haven't shown too much in interest in Larkin but he has heard from them before.

"I did talk to Coach Pearson from Georgia once. It was during my high school season. He told me he heard great things about me and they would check me out this summer," said the 2011 Rivals150 member.

Larkin did mention seeing a member of the Georgia coaching staff at one of his games at the Big Shots tournament earlier this month in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"I saw a UGA coach at one of my games in Myrtle Beach but I don't know which coach it was," said Larkin, the son of the former great Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin.

If the Georgia coaching staff likes what they see from Larkin this summer and decide to offer him a scholarship, it appears at the moment they would be in very good shape. A recent five-star commitment might have something to do with that.

"I would be very interested because they just (received a verbal commitment from) the shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell and I think we would be good together in the back court," Larkin revealed.

The Bulldogs surprised some people last season with upset wins over Tennessee, Florida, and Vanderbilt. Recruits also noticed the ability of Georgia head coach Mark Fox maximize the abilities of his teams.

"I think Coach Fox is a doing a great job so far," said the 19th ranked point guard in the 2011 class.

So is there anything else Larkin likes about the University of Georgia?

"I know they wear Black, Red, and White; that's my favorite combination of colors," Larkin said with a laugh.

It also helps the Bulldogs' chances that Larkin is very familiar class of 2010 signee Cady Lalanne.

"Oh yeah, we're really cool. That would definitely help Georgia if they started recruiting me," Larkin admitted.

Larkin still has a couple AAU tournaments left this month but after those end he will have more time to start thinking about where he will play college basketball.

"I don't know when I'm going to make a decision. I will sit down after July and make a list and then I'll go from there. I'm going to cut it down to maybe 8 schools."

When asked what will be most important to him when making his big decision, Larkin replied "I'm looking for a good relationship with the coaches and a school that fits my style of play. Distance is not a factor at all. I will travel anywhere."

 


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