March 26, 2012

Glass looking to bond

MARIETTA - St. Pius (Atlanta) safety Nick Glass has talent that, despite being a prospect that won't sign until February of 2014, few teams can ignore.

The Peach State defender is already closing in on 20 offers, but when he visited Georgia Saturday for its Junior Day and to enjoy a spring practice, he got the news he had been wanting for - an offer from the Bulldogs.

"That was a big offer," said Glass. "I kind of didn't know going into it, but Coach (Todd) Grantham and Coach (Scott) Lakatos told me, and said, 'act surprised when Coach (Mark) Richt tells you.' I was real happy about that."

The offer from the Bulldogs made a big time impression on Glass, but the overall visit was also a source of satisfaction for the star sophomore.

"The overall visit was great," he said. "I got to sit down with Coach Richt, Coach (Rodney) Garner, and Coach Grantham. They made it seem like they really wanted me. I had a good time and it was a very high intensity practice."

Glass had only one offer when he visited Georgia back in January for their first Junior Day, but in the two months since, he has racked up 16 more.

The pace has been tough to keep up with, but you won't hear the St. Pius safety complain.

"I feel blessed and it just makes me want to work harder," he said. "There is always someone out there trying to be better than you."

Glass finished his sophomore season at St. Pius with 75 tackles, four interceptions and five sacks and has no plans of taking a step back in 2012.

"Right now I am doing yoga and trying to get more flexible. I'm also trying to get faster," said Glass. " I want to try and get at least 120 tackles, five interceptions and 1,000 yards rushing."

In 2011, the St. Pius secondary was composed of Rivals100 cornerback and Alabama signee Geno Smith, 2014 cornerback Nicholas Ruffin, who has offers from several SEC schools, and Glass.

According to the star safety, playing in a great secondary is one of the reasons he has been so successful to this point.

"We had such a good secondary, so I knew I had to step up my game when I play with those guys," he said. "I just tried to out-do them. "

The Atlanta native grew up rooting for Georgia and Miami, but when it comes to recruiting, he knows exactly what he is looking for in the school where he will choose to play his college ball.

"I'll be looking at academics," said Glass. "I also want to see if the coaching staff is going to be there my entire career. I'm also looking for great overall team camaraderie with the coaches and players and for guys I can bond with."

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