When Sedrick Van Pran-Granger was in Athens on his official visit, he couldn't help but stroll down memory lane.
Georgia was his first big offer. His first big trip to one of those cathedrals that SEC fans refer to as their stadiums.
"It was where it all started," Sedrick Van Pran-Granger said. "When I was on my official visit and I passed by the stadium, I thought about my first time in that stadium. My first camp and workout. I almost passed out that day."
That's a story worth telling on this day. Van Pran-Granger, a long-time Georgia commit, confirmed his intent to play for the Bulldogs by signing his national letter-of-intent on National Signing Day.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder ranks as the nation's No. 1 center and the No. 59 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He is now the seventh signee for the offensive line class for Kirby Smart and first-year offensive line coach Matt Luke in Athens.
When he didn't sign with Georgia back during the early period, it allowed the rumors to swirl. There was strong late interest from both Alabama and Florida. He gave official visits to both of those schools and Georgia over the last three weeks of January.
The reason for that was because of a team tradition at Warren Easton High (New Orleans, La.) football programs. Easton's players all sign together. That is in February on the traditional signing date. Not surfing the early period.
That only amplified a lot of the worries for DawgNation about his commitment status. Especially after former line coach Sam Pittman left UGA to become the head coach at Arkansas. Pittman was a big piece of the puzzle in why he committed to the Bulldogs.
But it wasn't the only reason. Van Pran-Granger showed his maturity by continuing to look at other things beyond football. That was the networking and alumni opportunities for UGA graduates in the Atlanta area. He compared the economic engine of the Metro area to other potential college destinations like Baton Rouge, Gainesville and Tuscaloosa.
He also plans to major in graphic designs. Where Georgia stood academically in those national ratings mattered to him along with the weight of the Georgia degree.
Van Pran-Granger maintained the following statement when it came to Georgia and that pledge.
"Comfortable," he would always say.
The nation's No. 1 center said that in Orlando last month at the Under Armour All-American Game. He repeated it later in January after his official visit to UGA.
He's more than comfortable today. Van Pran-Granger is now officially a Bulldog.
Getting to know more about Sedrick Van Pran-Granger
Sedrick Granger, his father, plans to move to the Metro Atlanta area sometime over the next year. It will follow a trend.
The new Bulldog lives with his father and plans to add his father's last name to his legal name now that he is 18 years old. Those papers are in their Granger household.
The Van Pran-Granger family has a lot of ties to the Metro area. They have relatives in DeKalb County. He has another "uncle" who lives in Cobb County. When he would take his weekend trips to visit UGA, he would often spend at least one night in their Kennesaw home.
Van Pran-Granger is an uncommon recruit. His maturity is clearly evident once you meet him. His Warren Easton teammates voted him a team captain just prior to the playoffs when he was just a sophomore in the program.
That does not happen often in high school football. Especially a strong high school programs like Warren Easton in Louisiana.
According to his father, he has always been the way.
"He's always been driven," Granger said. "I was hard on him coming up and I think he kind of used that as ammunition and determination and that make him work harder. He was always a pretty driven kid."
He announced his decision at a ceremony from Warren Easton on National Signing Day. He pulled out and put on a simple Georgia hat. Nothing elaborate.
His family then broke out their matching T-shirts behind him at that ceremony.
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