Posted: 12:08 am Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Wesley Green: It’s South Carolina vs. UGA for 4-star defender 

By Michael Carvell

It appears to be UGA vs. South Carolina for the state’s No. 11 overall college football prospect.

Wesley Green, a 4-star defensive back from ML King High School, plans to take an official visit to South Carolina on Jan. 17 and go to UGA on Jan. 24, according to his high school coach.

Wesley Green, a 4-star DB from ML King, is down to South Carolina and UGA (247sports)

Wesley Green, a 4-star DB from ML King, is down to South Carolina and UGA (247sports)

“South Carolina and Georgia, those two are where he’s mostly leaning,” ML King’s Cortez Allen told the AJC.

“Auburn still has an offer out there for him, Alabama came back in on him, and Ole Miss is still there. So he still has other schools that have shown interest and that he talks to. But from what I understand, South Carolina and Georgia are the two schools he’s going to focus on.”

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder originally committed to South Carolina over Clemson last June, but backed off the pledge in September because he “wasn’t hearing much” from the Gamecocks. Green has heard an awful lot since then from South Carolina, which has held on and is now considered the co-leader.

“He likes South Carolina because he has a good relationship with (assistant Grady) Brown,” Allen said. “Wesley is going to get the opportunity to come in and compete right away. They lost about all of their guys out of the secondary, their corners, to graduation. They lost a lot, so that opens up the opportunity for Wesley to go in and compete for a job right away. I think he really likes that. He has been there a couple of times on unofficial visits, and he like the atmosphere.”

There appears to be no hard feelings on either side about Green’s de-commitment. Said Allen, “I think it was more a case, once you’re committed, schools and coaches – and not speaking directly about South Carolina – but they’re like ‘We got this kid, and he’s committed. He’s a future player, but we’ve got to go and get some other kids, too.’ That kind of deflated the whole spirit of what was going on between Wesley and South Carolina. So when he opened up his recruiting, it was always about keeping his options open. I think he still likes South Carolina a lot, and (defensive coordinator Lorenzo) Ward and Coach Brown have done a good job of staying in touch with him and communicating.”

UGA's Todd Grantham (left) has gotten personally involved

UGA’s Todd Grantham (left) has gotten personally involved (Rob Saye/AJC)

UGA’s chief recruiter for Green (and for DeKalb County) is defensive line coach Chris Wilson. However, Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is also getting personally involved in this heated recruiting battle. Grantham has visited ML King at least twice to check on Green.

“He likes a lot of the same things about Georgia that he does about South Carolina,” Allen said. “At first, Wesley was kind of weary about the fact that they had so many defensive backs sign in last year’s recruiting class.

“But he has talked to Coach Grantham. He likes the confidence that Coach Grantham has stated with him about being able to come in right away and compete.”

Green and Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter are the top two remaining priorities for UGA’s 2014 recruiting class, although some other candidates (at any position) are expected to emerge over the next couple of weeks. UGA has 16 commitments, and could sign as many as 21-23 in February.

Why is Green in such high demand? “He has great length,” Allen said. “He’s extremely fast and a very explosive kid. He has 4.3 speed (in the 40-yard dash). Again, with all of that and the long arms, he is a true lockdown corner. With that type of skill set coming out of high school for the teams that are recruiting him, it’s what they need and what they are looking for. Knowing you can get a kid who can lock down one side of the field or another team’s primary threat does a lot from your defense, and what you can do from a scheme perspective.”

Will Green wait and announce on signing day? “We haven’t discussed that a whole lot,” Allen said. “I think what Wesley’s plan is probably going to be that as soon as he knows, he is going to let it be known. He’s like any other kid right now: He’s ready for this whole process to be over with.”

On Wednesday in the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, 53% picked Green to sign with UGA, while 47% projected South Carolina.

It’s a tight race.

What’s the prediction by Green’s coach? “I think he’s looking at two of the top programs in the country,” Allen said. “And either way, Wesley can’t go wrong.”

35 comments
ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Just read ESPN article on Carter. Sounds like he just Looooves him some UF.I would just as soon he go on down to Mosquitoland myself. If he is that linked to the P.O.S. folks in Gainesville, then he has got a BIG character flaw, and there are enough of those in Athens already. IMO addition by subtraction on this particular player in best interest of UGA. 

gbal
gbal

Old news - Wilson and Grantham are gone... Drop it

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

Man....the AJC is trying EVERYTHING they can to downplay the negative recruiting impact caused by the departure of Grantham.


So many positive spin stories AND they are replacing blogs in a HURRY if the comments expose the obvious.


Face facts people: UGA will lose a few recruits with Grantham bolting from UGA and UGA will be changing from the 3-4 to the 4-3 this season. Several high profile recruits who were considering UGA have already officially dropped UGA from consideration since the news broke!  just wonder how many recruits will change from UGA to a different school as a result of the problems and unknown future at UGA.


When these same sort of incidents happen at GT.......the AJC staff writes ultra-negative headlines designed to hurt GT recruiting efforts and then thy leave the articles on the front page of the web-site for as long as possible. Think back to the Al Groh firing and recently with the Vad Lee decision.......sad and childish behavior for grown adults who claim to be professional journalists.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

 

NCDawg, aparrently i dont know the programs history. Would you enlighten me please. This ought to be rich.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

CB DJ Smith set to announce his decision on 1/13 and expected to commit to USCe over UTk and Clemson

I heard Wesley Green will OV at UGA on Jan 31st along with DE/OLB Lorenzo Carter and LB Rashaan Evans... Greens father currently favors UGA at the moment.

According to UGA commit TE Jeb Blazevich who is good friends with LB Christian Miller... both were planning on rooming together at UGA before Miller suddenly committed to Alabama this past summer... Blazevich is saying Miller is "locked into Alabama"  for the moment... Millers mom will be accompanying him to Tuscaloosa for the first time on Jan 17th... if mom approves the later OV to UGA might be canceled...

I have on good authority that indeed Elisha Shaw tried to commit to UGA last Saturday morning and was told that a commit could not be taken at this time due to health reasons... Shaw has not been cleared medically by any college and may have to take the JUCO route...

"BELIEVE" in the G

NCDawg
NCDawg

A good question to ask is : Will he remain a CB?  He is big for a CB and there is a possibility that he may grow some more and bulk up.  Would he still be a CB at that point or will he get moved to safety?  I like the idea of a bigger CB...especially with Mizzou having all those tall receivers.  He may very well end up growing into a safety.

JFKDawg
JFKDawg

What coach can't tell you "You'll be able to come in and compete right away"?  And SC's DB more than likely ran out of eligibility rather than graduate.

POAD2013
POAD2013

Was he one f the players at ML King that was ILLEGAL and not eligible to play at ML King? Did he REALLY live in the county and district?

TampGator1
TampGator1

Wet Willie....


I like Hargreaves on one side and Tabor on the other and Poole at the nickel at Florida.  All five star CB recruits.   Plus Lemmons, Dawson, and Willson coming with this years class for sure.....and possibly Adoree Jackson out of California (who now would likely play on the offensive side of the ball at Florida).  And J.C. Jackson has not decommitted yet....but will soon to FSU. 


Now....just get the offensive side of the ball fixed, coach Roper.   

Dawg1990
Dawg1990

Yes and include Paul Oliver should be added to that list

NCDawg
NCDawg

A word of caution to folks reading these comments on these blogs... MOST Bulldog fans have a pretty good grasp of the program's history.  If you see comments that show a distinct lack of knowledge of players in the recent past.. past 10 years or so. TROLL alert.  SEE LA DAWG

zekeI
zekeI

The only "INTELLIGENT" choice is South Carolina!!!!

dawgs01
dawgs01

yea tabor is a monster.  yall just got a good one.  I think lsu could be very dangerous next yr depending on how many of those jrs and rsh soph leave on the defense.  if that rb they got is as good as they say it will take a ton of pressure off of Jennings plus lsu always has a future nfl back on the team somewhere in the stable.  that fournette kid looks like he is 28 though kind of like LeBron did when he came out. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Speaking of highly rated cornerback recruits........


Jalan Tabor just announced that he is flipping from Arizona to Florida....this after picking the Wildcats over Bama at the UR game.  He enrolls on Monday in Gainesville.  Great get for my Gators. 


Wet Willie/Blackoutanyone.....

And exactly what was it you were posting to me about Tabor last week???????????????? 


TampGator1
TampGator1

Folks.....MositDawg is neither stupid nor a Dawg fan.  But he is a troll.   

RangeRover
RangeRover

What’s the prediction by Green’s coach? “I think he’s looking at two of the top programs in the country,” Allen said. “And either way, Wesley can’t go wrong.”


Sorry, but how can a school that's never won a conference title in a century be one of the coutry's top programs?

dawgs01
dawgs01

he is not a midget db.  there are very few 6ft 1"dbs even in the nfl.  Why bc they usual have stiffer hips and have a harder time coming out of their backpedal and exploding forward.  very few kids that tall are athletic enough to do that.

BCB
BCB

GO DAWGS!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

RandyHall.......different day but the same message from you.  Good grief man, mix in a another train of thought once in awhile.

96JB
96JB

I would have to see him wave his arms and point at a fellow DB during a game to see if he's a fit for the Dawgs. If he likes to play lock down, he might look elsewhere.

sportzfan
sportzfan

MoistDawg....I'm shocked you didn't put a t at end of "worse", because that's about the level of your intelligence.



RandyHall
RandyHall

UGA to have a successful last part of the recruiting season...Wesley Green (keep him from SC; why hasn't Fenteng..JC DB said his LOI...grades...other SEC Teams have most of their JC players signed???)...Lorenzo Carter (to get the #1 player in the state, could be a force in a major part of the defense; finally get a Norcross player in years and still show that UGA recruits in Gwinnett County)...Nate Brown (2 WR's have de-committed from UGA: Kitt and Sanders; missed out on J Malone, need to get this big WR from N Gwinnett and away from Missouri)....and anyother huge OL Will Frind can muster up (current OL are undersized and do not fit prototypical OT's!!!!  

Woofer
Woofer

I thought we were trying to get away from the midget DB's.




MoistDawg
MoistDawg

seems like a no brainer to me.  uscjr = smaller school smaller stadium worse fans worse academics worse uniforms worse record worse coaching. 

LADawg
LADawg

A lock down corner at UGA? When was the last time we had one of those, if ever? The young man would help create strength in the weakest link in the chain. Go get him Grantham! Go Dawgs!

GATiger
GATiger

In addition to Fournette, LSU might have another RB in that talented backfield: Jeremy Hill. Chances are he's going to defer the draft and return for next season.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Tampa...good get....Tony Brown took Tabor's spot on the Bama roster. You should send Tony a thank you card from Gatorville.

Fan66
Fan66

Because they are. Unlike GA we live in the present, not the past. we were ranked #4 this year. Where was Ga Ranked? They weren't. And don't bring up your NC which happened last century, lol.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@96JB- TROLL.  No true Bulldog would say something like that.  Not even one who isn't all that thrilled with our defense ( that would be me.)


Just stop the pretense and man up and declare yourself.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@Woofer He is listed at 6'1".  I don't know many little people that break the 6' mark...

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Champ Bailey was pretty good.

Tim Jennings not bad either.

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  1. […] UGA’s other recruit at defensive back is Kendall Gant of Lakeland, Fla. The Bulldogs have 16 overall commitments for their 2014 class and hope to sign at least one more defensive back, with the top target being M.L. High School’s Wesley Green. […]