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Buford's Cardiello commits to UGA football

Georgia's offensive line is expected to have two Buford grads starts this fall.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs locked up another Buford lineman for the future.

The Wolves' Josh Cardiello officially committed to Georgia after making up his mind about his college choice four weeks ago.

"It's just the opportunity and the feeling I got there. It seemed like the best fit for me," Cardiello said. "I had my mind made up about a month ago. I just needed to commit officially."

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Cardiello picked the Bulldogs over offers from Florida State and Florida.

"All the facilities are about equal," Cardiello said. "It came down to the feeling I got at Georgia. I think Georgia is the best fit for me."

Cardiello grew up in Florida and moved to Georgia six years ago due to his father's job. He always wanted to play for FSU, but that changed when his family moved 45 minutes outside of Athens.

"FSU is a good school, too," Cardiello said. "I have friends that are on the team at Georgia. Just living in Georgia, you're either Georgia or Georgia Tech fan."

Buford's Dallas Lee signed with Georgia in 2009 and Kolton Houston in 2010. Both are expected to start at left guard and right tackle, respectively, this season.

"It wasn't a big influence," Cardiello said. "It was a plus, though, that there was people I knew on the team."

Cardiello is the third rising senior from Gwinnett to commit to Georgia's 2013 recruiting class. He joins South Gwinnett linebacker Reggie Carter and Brookwood receiver Kyrin Priester.

"I definitely think I'll make an impact," Cardiello said. "It may not be in the near future, but it will be down the road."