Posted: 11:50 pm Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Wesley Green: UGA target names South Carolina as leader but … 

By Michael Carvell

The bad news for UGA is that one of its top remaining targets named South Carolina as his leader on Sunday after taking an official visit with the Gamecocks.

The good news for UGA is that Wesley Green, the 4-star defensive back from M.L. King High School, also admitted that the Bulldogs could catch or pass South Carolina for his services.

It just depends on how things unfold.

Green will take an official visit to UGA on Jan. 31, the final weekend before signing day.

“Yes, South Carolina is my leader,” Green told the AJC. “When the coaches had left UGA, that made me change my mind. Well, not change my mind, but it put South Carolina a step ahead of them.”

What would UGA have to do to catch up with South Carolina? “They have to show me that I’m wanted, and they have some type of plan for me at UGA,” Green said. “But who knows? I will just have to see how it goes when I get there.”

Could UGA catch up? “I believe that UGA could catch them at any given time,” Green said. “Who knows?”

It’s a two-horse race between South Carolina and UGA over the next two weeks. Green, who committed to the Gamecocks last summer and later backed off the pledge because “he wasn’t hearing much” from them, has patched things up with South Carolina and rated this past weekend’s visit as a “10” because “it was fun.”

His player host at South Carolina was Chaz Elder, the safety from Banneker High School. “We have that Georgia connection,” Green said. “We talked a lot about the similarities between Columbia and Atlanta. You know, they’re both downtown. He showed me a lot about Columbia, and how things worked there. We just had fun. I connected with the other DBs there, and the other recruits.

“The highlight of the visit was spending a lot of time around the players. Because usually when I go there, I don’t have that much time to chill with the players. But this time, I had a good amount of time to chill with the players at the dorms.”

DB Wesley Green of ML King (AJC)

DB Wesley Green of ML King (AJC)

On Sunday, Green and his father had a one-on-one meeting with Steve Spurrier to wrap up the official visit.

“Coach (Spurrier) was just telling us about him, we were just talking,” Green said.  “My dad was asking some question about what happens when players get in trouble there, and how did he discipline them. My dad wants to know those things from colleges so I make a smart decision. That was really about it.”

Spurrier gave Green a reason why he should commit again to South Carolina. “He was saying I ought to come to South Carolina because the opportunity to play there was good, if I come in and work hard,” Green said. “He said he really needed some cornerbacks to come in and play.”

What’s next for Green? He is expecting an appearance at his high school this week by UGA’s new defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt. The two talked over the phone briefly last week.

“He gave me a basic rundown on how he works, and how he operates,” Green said.

Spurrier could make an in-home visit on Thursday, although it’s not finalized. Green was supposed to go to Ole Miss next weekend on an official visit, but canceled it. He could’ve moved UGA up into that spot, but decided to leave it for the final weekend.

What does Green like about UGA? “That it’s close to home, it’s not too far, and my parents could come and see me whenever,” Green said. “If I need to go back home to see my family for the holidays or if I ever got lonely, it’s just down the road. I like the area that it’s in. I feel safe and comfortable, which is important because I would be there for the next four years if I decided to go there.

“I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable, and UGA is definitely somewhere I feel comfortable.”

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44 comments
C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Georgia has 24 Scholarships to give each year. Some years they will have more depending on if some players have drop off the team and  if those openings can be filled by Recruits coming in early. Richt and Bobo are going to insist that these are fairly divided between the Offense and Defense but could vary some year to year. So let say that the Defense has 12 to 15 Scholarships to give for the 2014 class. That's not very many and after finding out PRUITT was going to be the Defensive Coordinator at Georgia if I was a FENCE SITTER I would claim one of those Scholarships as fast as I could. 

Some Schools like Alabama would give it and then take the Scholarship back if someone rated higher on their board decide to go to Alabama later but not at Georgia. If Richt accepts your Commit it's like gold . I really don't know what some of these kids are waiting for. 

I think we will see 2015 class fill up real fast so don't be surprised if Richt has to limit scholarship offers so the 4 and 5 stars won't be frozen out before fall even get's here.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

I think Wesley wants to play for the DC who just won a NC - and has been on the last three NC teams - not for an old fart of a Coach who will not be there in 2 years.

DawgByte
DawgByte

Green will flip to the Dawgs. Jeremy Pruitt is a better DC than anything the Gamecocks bring to the table.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Red And Black DAWG ignores Troll's Comments


I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall and listened to Spurrier explain his disciplinary policies, when a player gets into trouble there.

Most likely it was along the lines of. "We Slap His Wrist and Warn Him,  That He Will Only Get Five More Chances, Before He Misses One Half Of a game". Spurrier is a great  football coach, with the X's and O's, but he is a win, at all coast coach, so his players don't have to worry about paying for their actions, as long as it isn't a highly publicized misdeed.

This kid might be a very good player, but his attitude tells me, he would need a baby sitter close by to keep his head on straight until he matures a little bit as a young man. In college, I think he most likely will come to the realization that there are a lot of good players surrounding him, and he will have to prove it at that level all over again. I am glad to see his parents taking a strong interest in his recruiting though. Most of these young men, need a good amount of guidance in making the right decision and a lot of them don't get it. The name Kamara comes to mind on that point  for sure.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

Darn, I just discovered I can't like my own answer. Happy trails (not trials) to all....

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

Mr. Green:  So, Coach, how do you discipline your players?

Spurrier:  Discipline?  Is this a trick question?

Tougher
Tougher

uGA fans as you know y'all are the most talked about /hated fan base I. The SEC...probably the country. Offices, families, cul da sac, tailgating, etc.... Most hated unrealistic fans in the freakin world.

About the time y'all leave Columbia "armpits of SC" as y'all call it ....hotter than hiatus in sept it will be another beat down . The 3rd one in 5 years!

NCDawg
NCDawg

The young man knows the game... he wants to see how badly we want him.  Coach Pruitt will make sure that he knows what Georgia's plans for him are.  After all he is the secondary coach and the DC.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I havnt been on here since this morning, are the dawgs still 2014 nat. champs.

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

Uga give the man some LUV, we can't afford lose to this type of player....talented and seems like a high character young man. 

 I want shoot down C.Spurrier  or his program  he has done a lot for Uga, by kicking us in the butt . Causing us to fight back or lay down...Either way he puts pressure on our program which is good....makes us have to step up our game!Go Dawgs!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

Have fun with it kid. The Butt Kissing will be over soon and the coaches will start the Butt Kicking...LOL

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@werunthatmouth...really ?? be interesting see after he visits Athens, on  the final weekend before signing day no less, and chats it up with CJP and Coach Richt...I .think they will make him feel wanted...go dogs

Gopher86
Gopher86

Last visit and the red carpet with the G WILL ROLE OUT AND THEN WRAP HIM UP! Welcome to UGA Green! Commit to the G!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

first of all ask the clowney how spurrier disiplines his players.  he doesnt.  why anyone would choose that place over uga is beyond me.  i smell a rat.  there stadium is worse then ours, so is there record, there unfiorms are worse and so are there academics.  it just dont make sense. i wish him luck until he plays us and then i hope we beat them by fourty.

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Yes, but September in Williams-Brice Stadium is really sweet. The NATIONS longest home winning streak. #4 in country. Maybe a NC soon. More likely than the Dawgs and their UNRANKED selves.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

His player host at South Carolina was Chaz Elder, the safety from Banneker High School. “We have that Georgia connection,” Elder said. “We talked a lot about the similarities between Columbia and Atlanta. You know, they’re both downtown. He showed me a lot about Columbia, and how things worked there. We just had fun. I connected with the other DBs there, and the other recruits.

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And that is where the similarities between Columbia and Atlanta cease!

Tougher
Tougher

How moronic are you?! That is/was a innuendo of a question based on the unnecessary suspensions PUBLIC annocunents made by UG gay....parent wants to know if his son goes out and haves a few beers brings home a tall good looking blond....and haves sex....he is a college guy wanting to have. Good time....DUH!!

CB2001SC
CB2001SC

Actually it would be the 4th one in 5 years. Gamecocks won 3 straight 2010 to 2012.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

"hotter than hiatus".... this guy makes POAD look like a Mensa candidate.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

Congrats, you just demonstrated what UGA fans say about Gamecock fans.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

First off... this is a UGA blog. The sooner you guys grasp this basic tenet, the more our comments will make sense to you. Oh, and the answer to your question is yes. Yes yesterday, this morning, tonight and into perpetuity. The real question is why ask?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@MoistDawg Don't forget Steven Garcia!!!!!!!!!!


I believe The Spur gave him 35 extra chances or was it 55???????

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

Remember Moist, use the word best whe describing UGA.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

Williams-Brice stadium is a dump. It's not on campus, it's located in a run down industrial area. They even pipe in loud industrial music that has nothing to do with the game. I've been there twice and won't be going back.

No NC there anytime soon, not as long as we beat you 41-31.

Armydawg
Armydawg

@WeRunTheEast Remind me of how many SEC titles you have and then we can run down your NCs as well.

WDE
WDE

@WeRunTheEastI think we beat your bunch by something like 11 this year didn't we and it wasn't even really that close...win a SEC title and then start talking.

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

Agreed Mike, Columbia is a terrible town. Stadium not part of the school in a urban jungle. July in Columbia? Please....

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgWhisperer HOW is this a UGA BLOG?

A Recruiting Blog..............

A South Carolina  Committed Recruit is being talked about......but this is a UGA BLOG?

Tougher
Tougher

But it is interesting to us/GAMECOCKS how stupid, unrealistic, comments etc... Y'all make. We are going to beat the plural living sheit out of y'all next sept in COlumbia, armpit, the Seattle if the SEC.... Candy a...

Tougher
Tougher

.....another candy a... Comment from a UGA loser

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgWhisperer........HAHAA that is funny. So when the POOR want MONEY from the RICH they  should get money from the RICH because there are MORE of them in 1 VOICE? 

This is NOT a MUTT..Leg Humper Butt Sniffer BOG....it is a RECRUITING BLOG.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

@POAD2013@DawgWhisperer Actually, I don't but here it is. In the blogosphere, perception is 9/10s reality so you see when dawg fans proclaim this to be a UGA blog, then it becomes one de facto. I don't make the rules, I just roll with it and you should to. In fact, I need to ask MC how you are able to jump on this UGA recruiting blog at your leisure without a license. 

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@Tougher Was Garcia an example of how well Spurrier disciplines his players? 

This young man is thriving for attention, as his words seem to indicate and hopefully, he will attend a school, that will help him grow as a young man as much as a football player. UGA fans think it is Georgia and S.C. fans think it is their school.

You can disagree with someone without resorting to name calling and insults and your opinion might be more welcome.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Tougher Who is this "we" you speak of. I seriously doubt you have ever seen a football game(or the inside of a classroom) ergo  you couldn't find your azz wth a GPS.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

Get over it. Your life is worth much more than dwelling on who wins on Saturday.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@1942MNC 

WDE are his initials not War Damn Eagle. He is a DOG fan.