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March 19, 2013
Rose (Greenville, N.C.) defensive end Kentavious Street knows he has a big spring and summer ahead of him.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound blue chipper has visits and combines mapped out for the next few months.
But Street, who admits he is as goal-oriented as they come, has big plans for those events and especially for the combines.
"In April I'm planning to go up to Richmond, Virginia for the Rivals Camp," Street said. "I'll be competing with Da'Shawn Hand, and I hope to be on that level. My goal right now in the recruiting process is to become number one. I don't want to be in the top 25 if I'm not number one so I've just set that as a high goal. I've been training my butt off and I hope to go up there and take care of the competition."
After being relatively unknown on January 1 only to explode on to the scene a few days later at the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Tex., Street has seen his recruitment catch fire in the last couple of months.
At this time, one program is standing out as the five-star defender's leader and as the team that is recruiting him the hardest.
"Right now I would have to say that Georgia is at the top of my list," he said. "They have surpassed Florida State. They (UGA) are recruiting me the hardest and I'm just loving it and loving UGA, really. I'm so excited to get down there. I'll be down there in May to visit their campus. I'm really starting to lean toward committing early but I don't really know yet."
The nation's 14th-ranked prospect by Rivals.com is originally from the state of Georgia, but it is the relationships he has built with his recruiter of record for the Bulldogs, John Lilly, that has put UGA in the driver's seat for now.
"It is kind of like he is like my big brother," Street said of Lilly. "He checks in on me and when I call him he asks about my day and stuff like that. He asks how me and my girlfriend are doing and how my family is doing. That is great to know that isn't all about football to him. I've talked to Coach (Mark) Richt a lot and we've developed a great relationship. Then the fact that I can play in my home state and in front of my family and make them proud is just great. I just like everything about them (UGA) right now. I've always had a little bulldog in me. I bark every now and then so it is just great right now."
Georgia may hold a lead for Street at this point, but the Rivals100 standout says other schools are still heavily in the mix for his pledge.
"Florida State is close behind Georgia," he said. "I talk to them every now and then. Now that coach Billy Napier is gone, I talk to coach Jay Graham and I was supposed to talk to coach (Jimbo) Fisher this morning but I had to catch up on some homework. I'm really not talking to many other schools other than Georgia, Florida State, and Tennessee. I haven't talked to Clemson in awhile. Virginia Tech, Georgia, Florida State, and Tennessee are really the schools I'm talking to the most right now."
As a prospect that is relatively new to the recruiting scene, Street has learned some lessons over the last couple of months.
One thing that has really stunned him is how so many schools offered but only a few are coming after him hard at this time.
"One thing that has surprised me is that with a bunch of schools, once they offered me, they stopped talking to me," he said. "That really shocked me. I thought that after you got offers schools continued to recruit you hard. Most of the schools backed up and I guess they thought I was going to commit because they offered me or because they didn't have a chance. My top schools are my top schools because they are constantly talking to me and I have developed a great relationship. I don't just want offers, I want to know the coaches that I could be playing for."
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