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Georgia Southern invades Valdosta

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Southern Eagles are moving up to FBS football full-time in 2014.

Like so many other programs, the Eagles found themselves in south Georgia trying to find talent to build their team around.

GSU hosted an invasion camp at Lowndes' Martin Stadium Wednesday.

Players from around south Georgia took part in position drills for Eagle coaches, allowing them to evaluate potential recruits.

First-year head coach Willie Fritz says it gives him a chance to build relationships with area coaches and players.

"You've got great football in this area. Not just in the Valdosta area, but also in Florida and over in Alabama," says Fritz. "This whole area is just ripe with high school football talent. It's given me a chance to meet the coaches as well as the players."

He says the camps allow the coaches to also offer instruction while evaluating. The most important aspect of the camp is seeing players up close and personal.

"There are so many early decisions being made by student-athletes, and they want to do it this way," he says. "This gives us another evaluation that we get to have, other than just what we see on tape."

The Eagles are holding six invasion camps all over the state of Georgia this week. Fritz says the team usually finds four to five recruits at each camp.

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