Posted: 1:47 am Monday, January 20th, 2014

Recap of UGA’s recruiting weekend 

By Michael Carvell

It was a relatively quiet weekend of recruiting for UGA.

UGA had four prospects on an official visit, including two were already committed to the Bulldogs – Cedartown High School RB Nick Chubb and former Grayson High School DB Shattle Fenteng.

Probably the weekend’s biggest news was no news with wide receiver Rico Johnson, the former UGA signee who was expected to commit again to the Bulldogs.

Johnson, who played at Georgia Sports Prep Academy this past season, is also considering Middle Tennessee State, Maryland and Marshall. His college decision could come at any moment.

Probably the most intriguing visitor was Tavon Ross, the Missouri commit who got a later offer from UGA. The safety from Bleckley County High School seemed to enjoy his recruiting trip with the Bulldogs, based on his tweets.

Fenteng, who has been committed to UGA since last August, gave his official visit rave reviews. He got some quality time with team’s new defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt.

“My visit was great,” he said. “I just felt like I fit right in with the guys. I met the new coach who came from Alabama and went to Florida State and won the championship. He told me that I’m the type of corner he likes to recruit.

“We got some one-on-one time and went over some plays. (Pruitt) said, ‘You know, I’m not getting you here just to sit? You better be ready to roll.’”

What was Fenteng’s impression of the new assistant? “He’s cool. He’s a straight-up guy. He looks like he doesn’t take any BS from players. If somebody acts up, he’s going to straighten them out. I feel like he’s a good guy, and he knows what he’s doing. You can just tell he knows what he is doing.”

Fenteng spent most of the weekend hanging out with Rico Johnson, and feels like a commitment may be imminent.

“I think he’s going to commit to Georgia, and I’m going to make sure of it,” Fenteng said with a laugh. “I feel like he’s going to Georgia. His cousin goes to Georgia. Rico and I, we made a bond. We’re talking like a ‘I’m going to go to whatever school you’re going to’ bond.

“I’m just trying to help Georgia recruit. I’m going to help him go here, too, you know? But I feel like he’s going to commit to Georgia because he knows everybody here. He knows the Georgia boys because he signed last year before he went to prep school.”

Fenteng wasn’t as confident about UGA’s chances with Tavon Ross.

“I don’t know; Tavon is young,” he said. “I kept asking him. ‘What’s up? Are you going to commit to Georgia?’ He was like, ‘I don’t know, man. I’m committed to Mizzou right now.’ So I don’t know what he’s thinking.”

Fenteng said the weekend’s funniest moment was shooting basketball with UGA’s assistant coaches and the other prospects. They played PIG, and Fenteng edged out Mike Bobo for the win with a deep 3-pointer.

Fenteng also had a long discussion with Richt before departing: “He told me ‘You’re not coming as a freshman. You’re a JUCO guy, and you have to make it the most of it. It’s straight to work when you get here.’ I was like ‘Yes sir.’

Will Fenteng still take an official visit to Ole Miss next week? “I will let you by the end of the week.”

More on Tavon Ross: He will take his official visit to Missouri on Jan. 31, but has to decide between making a recruiting trip to Alabama or Miami this Friday. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart stopped by Bleckley County last Thursday to make a late offer. “Yes, he has an offer from Alabama,” Bleckley County coach Tracy White said. “It’s the same reasons as everybody else – his size and his speed. They want him as a safety. They saw his film, and … I don’t know how long they’ve known about or have seen him. This is a recent thing with Alabama. I haven’t heard from them much. That’s not anything negative with them. Like everybody else that’s coming along now, I don’t know why it’s coming now, rather than earlier. The important thing for Tavon is that it’s coming now, but it’s throwing a lot at him at once. It’s not giving him as much time to think about as much as other people who get offered as a junior.”

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68 comments
daddydog
daddydog

When will GA hire some more coaches?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Looks like we might need a full staff in place for a year before we get the jeremy pruitt recruiting impact we're all hearing about.

Be nice if he could pull a few surprises and flip a couple highly rated recruits to UGA this upcoming signing day, though.

We need impact, not hype, from Coach Pruitt and our recruits.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Hey....he could have gone to North Carolina if he had failed that on-line course.  The Tar Heels don't care if you can read and write.....just score those points, baby!

TampGator1
TampGator1

Good to know his backup plan included Marshall and Middle Tennessee State.  Must have passed that last JUCO on-line course.   

TampGator1
TampGator1

Maybe Rico will commit again to his re-commit after he de-committed from committing in the first place.  But he is probably to fast to for any of that.   

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Rico Johnson just re- committed.

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

Looks  like an average recruiting class at best. I wonder who has the nation's top rankd recruiting class...

gbal
gbal

What kinda hat it that on #9?



keendaddy
keendaddy

MC,

looks like we're going to fill out this class without anymore Olinemen. Many UGA fans feel our OL aren't Elite and we need more emphasis on recruiting better OL & DL ...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Johnny,

you really think most of these kids play football so they can get a top education?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I think you will see Pruitt move fast on hiring his staff after Florida State hires a Defensive Coordinator . Florida State would be wise to wait for the Coordinator hire until it is too late for the committed Recruits to visit other schools. That will hold down the number of flips. 

Pruitt won't have much more of an impact for the 2014 class which is  small but very high quality  but the 2015 class will end up top 3. Pruitt needs to really work on the Defensive Lineman out of Westover in Albany and get this 2015 Recruit to commit because Albany has a lot of Auburn graduates who will try and get him to go with them and Florida State is also big in Southwest Georgia.   

DIT
DIT

Good grief, where are the offensive linemen at?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Of course Rico Johnson will commit to UGA. His other offers are Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, and Marshall. He's a good player but why would he not wanna #CommittotheG over those other schools? Come be a Dawg and play in the SEC and win a title or two with Pruitt and Richt! GO DAWGS!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Wet WIllie.....


Deflect....deflect....deflect.....


You must be a politician. 


Question:  What percentage of those arrests have come since Muschamp arrived at Florida?  When Meyer was the head coach at Florida?   But I am not talking about the past......I am talking about now and recently. 


2013 was not a good year for Bama concerning crime and arrests of Bama football players, etc.  And 2014 is not off to a good start.


But I am sure Florida will have an idiot or two arrive on campus as well.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Take the Miami trip Tavon. Unless you love BBQ we don't have a lot to show in T-town other than trophies.

RandyHall
RandyHall

Was hoping to see better news this morning w/ a couple more commits and news on new Position Coaches.....need to continue to move forward....also Will Friend needs a couple of more OT!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@daddydog does it really matter? UGa will still get 80% special admits from the state of Georgia that are not educated enough to read the coloring book they have to finish to get a UGa diploma.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@HotDawg I hear since Pruitt's hire the number of Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls submitting applications to the Plantation of Georgia have increased by 12%.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I wonder if y'all will ever want to play Oklahoma again? Lmao!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I see what your did there. If Bama can get Marlon to sign with the Tide then we have almost 10% of the top 100 players (247sports).  I hope Pruitt will get some of the those players from Georgia away from the Barn and if so that acutally helps Bama. I had rather get beat by UGA than the cow college. If Paul Johnson could get a few more then the barn will crash and burn because they have to do well in Georgia to have great success. Dye bought his best players and Tater Tot documented that!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@keendaddy Then they shouldn't be admitted to COLLEGE for an EDUCATION if they are not CAPABLE of doing it.

The NUMBERS show they will not play in the NFL or make much money from football after they are out of college.

STOP the JOKE of STUDENT athlete and let the NFL start their own minor league. Let College Football be played by GREAT PLAYERS that are also STUDENTS. Plenty will graduate and play in the NFL still just like College Baseball.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@C-Kirk picking a TOP 3 for next year is a little ambitious don't you think? With coaching changes that will happen after this year you really don't know what the 2015 signing classes will look like. These kids flip flop a lot between now and then.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 Education is great, no doubt. But this is a FOOTBALL RECRUITING BLOG. These kids are going to want to go to the schools who play the best football and give them the best chance to get to the NFL. That's just the bottom line. A degree is wonderful, but these guys have NFL on their minds which actually pays bigger bucks than a degree. UGA has put more players in the NFL than anyone in the SEC other than LSU. So you can see why he wants to come here.



POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt Well MARYLAND offers the best education of his other offers so far. UGa is the bigger football school for sure so he will probably accept the offer but it does depend on what he wants to study and do in for a job in the future.

He will probably wait a minute to see how Pruitt fills out the D staff.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@TampGator1 I would say that most of the occured when Muschamp was here and I don't really remember any player arrests off hand under Meyer.  Muschamp does things the right way (not necessarily the winning way) and that is why losing to him wouldn't frustrate me as a fan as much,  I respect Muschamp, but respect Kiffin and Meyer about the same (which is more than respect Grantham!).  Kiffin and Meyer were head coaches that QUIT on their school.  The black place that used to have my heart in it has no place for QUITTERS. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

We we did get a new player arrested on Saturday for loud music. He gave the police a hardtime and got the spray so maybe he will also FIGHT for a job at DB this spring. What can you say. Rod Stewart..."every picture tells  a story"....don't it

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

One has committed but will have to wait for coaches decision to announce... coaches waiting on grades to clear (the clearing house) before they can approve the announcement day.. patience... patience...

"BELIEVE" in the G

HotDawg
HotDawg

Bamards are scared sh...tless of Malzahn and auburn. They're quickly losing control of that worthless state and the sec west.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013@keendaddy


But...But....But what about the BUNGLEBEE track record on keeping BB players more than one season??????????????????

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@POAD2013 

Georgia is usually somewhere between 6TH and 15TH in Recruiting class . Pruitt has won the National Recruiting award from two different school. To think he will not have the same impact for Georgia is not realistic. If all those confused Defensive backs all of a sudden start playing like world class players every Defensive  Recruit in the Southeast will want to play for Pruitt. Georgia can only sign 24 to 30 each year depending on early entree and there are over 200 available every year in Georgia alone. We only can move up with Pruitt on the staff.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgGoneIt...........no the BOTTOMLINE is that +90% will NEVER play in the NFL and of those that do make it to the NFL +90% will not play longer than 3.2 years.

BIG NFL money is a DREAM an Education is a FUTURE.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt You act like UGA doesn't offer great education. We're one of the top schools in the country. Get outta here with that "education" nonsense trying to bash UGA. If you knew any better, you'd know UGA is a top program and school.


And Rico Johnson is a WR. I'm sure it doesn't matter to him who Pruitt fills his staff out with.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@Wee

You taking' those trophies to the grave with you... this is beginning of the end... what is a.k.a. the Bama process..

"BELIEVE" in the G

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@POAD2013 

My biggest concern will be Pruitt going back to Alabama if Smart take a head Coaching job. Saban would offer him 1.5 to 2 Million the next day to be Defensive Coordinator at Alabama. This is why McGarity needs to raise Pruitt up to 1.5 Million next year with a 5 year contract containing big buy outs, if we see big improvements in the Defense which I think we will. We need Pruitt to stay at Georgia for at least 5 years. Pruitt won't be ready for a Head Coaching job for at least 5 to 10 years. He has only been a Coordinator for 1 year.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013@DawgGoneIt I agree POAD but the recruits look at it like lottery tickets which are about a zillion to one but they sell zillions every day!!!!!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Nate-the-Great...I don't know but you do the work with these numbers.

14 SEC teams with 85 scholly players.

typically recruiting class is 25

25 x 14 = 350 Sr players HOPING to make the NFL.

Last year the SEC had the MOST players drafted but I can't remember how many that was.

Take the 350- 10 players/team for small classes

that is 210 add 2 Jr/team going PRO early

so give or take 224 trying to get drafted.

63 SEC players drafted in 2013 out of anywhere between 180 to 224.


So SEC player were at best 35% chance to be in the NFL and at worst 28%

Those are great numbers but ...but only 3% of those will play more than 3.2 years in the NFL. So at about 26 years old most of those players will have to GET A JOB.

POAD2013
POAD2013

So more SEC players make and the ACC has been #2 getting players in the NFL but you say the ACC sucks.

GaState hs 2 players that made to the NFL.

Jerry Rice took an SEC players spot back in the day. Just because a kid goes to an SEC school doesn't overly increase his chances of the NFL. 

What if he is GREAT but gets moved down the depth chart when a new and better recruit comes in?  

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@POAD2013 @Nate-the-Great Dont you think the numbers are a little different for SEC players vs Mountain West?

There is 3 lies there Poad:

1) Lies

2) Damn Lies

3)Statistical Lies.

What are the SEC stats on players getting to the next level?

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@DawgGoneIt 


US News Rankings:


Georgia - 60

Maryland - 62


LOL @ POAD, as usual.  Always amusing to see some white-trash idiot that flunked out of Chattahoochee Tech railing on about someone else's lack of education.

POAD2013
POAD2013

MARYLAND will be in the B1G next year. The B1G is a better academic conference compared to the SEC. I didn't bash UGa on the education(this time). Do you think he is looking for a great Education and difficult course of study? I don't know.

I think Defense still matters. If the UGa D still can't stop the other team he will not win many games. 

If you work in SALES do you not care who is running Production? You can sell all you want but if the product isn't being made you will not be successful in the long run. If he is all about ME and his stats to get to the NFL do you really want him on your team?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Snagglepuss Nothing.....why you ask? It seems UGa fans only love non white players if they sign with UGa but call them names when they choose another school. That would be WHY Carvell shut down the comments on the USC mom BLOG about her son and his commitment . The UGA FANS went RACIST and HATEFUL.... every kid from the state of Georgia should sign with the Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls College and Plantation of Georgia because Believe in the BS of the G.


POAD2013
POAD2013

@Nate-the-Great you are just DRINKING/SMOKING STUFF in celebration of MLK Jr Day like all the other UGa fans so we understand. LOL