The South's No. 1 junior tennis player, James "Bo" Seal of Baylor Prep in Chattanooga, has signed a grant-in-aid with Georgia.
"We are excited to get Bo Seal," Georgia coach Manuel Diaz said Tuesday. He will enter school in January and make his Bulldog debut in the SEC Indoor tourney in Atlanta Jan. 15-18.
Incidentally, Seal's coach at Baylor was Philip Johnson, a star on Georgia's 1985 and 1987 NCAA championship teams and a native of Dalton, not far from Chattanooga.
Bo Seal will be Georgia's second player with the nickname of "Bo," following in the footsteps of native Athenian, Boukedes "Bo" Hodges, a four-time All-American (2001-04).
Five former Baylor Prep players have lettered at Georgia: Comer Hobbs, 1961-62; Martin Kilpatrick, 1967-70; Tony Ortiz, 1968; David Dick, 1973-76 (captain); and Wesley Cash, 1976-79 (captain).
Seal is a Chattanooga native and this past summer defeated Drake Bernstein - the No. 5 singles player on Georgia's team this past season - in the Tennessee Valley Tournament in Chattanooga.
Next week, Seal will play the No. 1 singles position for the Southern Junior Davis Cup team in a sectional tournament at Champagne, Ill., leading up to the finals the following week at Kalamazoo, Mich.
Georgia assistant coach Will Glenn is in his second year as coach of the Southern Junior Davis Cup team.
"I'm looking forward to coaching Seal the next two weeks," Glenn said Tuesday. "He'll also play No. 1 doubles with Nathan Pasha of Atlanta, who is only 16 years old."
Seal is expected to very much strengthen Georgia's 2010 team, which will host the NCAA championships at Henry Feild Stadium next May, and seek its seventh NCAA team title, having previously won in 1985, 1987, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008.
Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday, July 29, 2009