Tony Parker: Coveted Recruit's Delayed Announcement Bodes Well for Georgia

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2012

Top recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel made headlines yesterday when they committed to UCLA and Kentucky respectively.

The two potential superstars joined long, storied lineages at two of the most historic programs in the entire country.

They're also part of two of the best recruiting classes in the entire country.

6' 9", 250-pound forward/center Tony Parker could very well join Shabazz or Noel—he has offers from both the Bruins and the Wildcats.

He also holds offers from UConn, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Ohio State and Georgia.

Parker doesn't just have the option to join the Wildcat and Bruin lineage, but he could essentially join any number of major program he wants...or Georgia.

As Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution puts it:

Tony feels extra comfortable at UGA because two of his high school teammates will be playing for the Bulldogs next year—they were ultra-successful at Miller Grove, so why not in college? ... UGA is close to home, allowing his legion of Miller Grove fans to attend his games. Tony would be  “just another great player” at the other schools, while he could be the face of the program for decades, like Dominique Wilkins.

Sometimes being the player is more attractive than being just another player and Georgia is the only school that offers Parker this option.

The Scout five-star, Rivals four-star runs the risk of getting lost in the shuffle should he go to a school like Kentucky, Duke, Kansas or UCLA. The Bulldogs, though, would cherish his presence.

For a kid who has struggled staying in shape from time to time, being lost in the shuffle is the worst thing possible.

The longer Parker waits, the better chance the Bulldogs have of convincing him to stay close to home.

His fans, his family and his teammates are all there already, and soon enough his future could be too.

Even with so many big names involved in his recruitment, don't be shocked if Tony Parker picks Georgia when all is said and done.