Buford student won’t play, but gets full recruit treatment at UGA


Buford student won’t play, but gets full recruit treatment at UGA

This weekend, the Georgia coaching staff welcomed to campus seven official visitors interested in playing football for the Bulldogs. Yet it was an eighth person on an “official” visit who may have enjoyed himself the most.

Brandon Sudge is a senior at Buford High School. An article published by 247Sports.com provides the story of how Brandon, a football manager at Buford and a young man who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after he was born, joined the seven recruits on a visit to UGA.

The story begins with Javon Wims, a junior-college wide receiver who committed to the Bulldogs and is one of the seven recruits on campus this weekend. Brandon said that he and Wims connected when Brandon tweeted a video of himself walking independently, covering the longest distance he had walked in his lifetime.

Wims was impressed by what he saw. He first reached out to Brandon, and then he set in motion what became Brandon’s “official visit” — a trip he won’t soon, if ever, forget.

Wims approached coach Kirby Smart about including Brandon among the official visitors for this weekend, which led to Georgia getting clearance from the NCAA to treat Brandon as if he were a recruit.

In the article, Brandon recounts his experiences at Sanford Stadium and with players and coaches. His enthusiasm for his visit rings loudly.

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