Posted: 8:46 am Monday, January 27th, 2014

Weekend notes: New UGA targets emerging? 

By Michael Carvell

With less than 10 days away from signing day (Feb. 5), so much is happening so fast.

Because so many kids, especially elite prospects, committed so early this year, it has set up a bang-bang finish in recruiting. You can expect a lot of bigger schools to fall back on secondary targets over the final stretch.

A new UGA target that may be emerging is Tucker High School defensive back Dominick Sanders. That name may sound familiar. His older brother, Chris Sanders, is a former UGA defensive back. The younger Sanders is committed to UCF but took an official visit this past weekend to Auburn. Now Auburn has not offered Sanders but he feels like “I feel like an offer is on the way.” What about UGA? The electrifying playmaker said there’s a “50-50 chance” that he will take a recruiting trip to UGA on Friday. “Right now, I’m waiting on call back from Coach Prutt.” Said Tucker coach Bryan Lamar, “We won’t know about Georgia until later in the week. They’ve got to look at some things. We still don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s a chance he could take a visit there. But I don’t know.” The older Sanders got dismissed from UGA for violating team rules but worked hard in junior college to get back to the D1 level at Baylor. The younger Sanders said that experience would not impact his consideration of the Bulldogs. “My brother hasn’t really spoken about Georgia. It’s a good school. It doesn’t affect how I feel about them. It’s a good place.”

Safety TJ Harrell of Tampa took a last-minute official visit to UGA this weekend but told SpartanNation.com that Michigan State “is number one” on his list of schools, which also includes Louisville.

Another possible late target for UGA, ECLA defensive lineman Andrew Williams, took an official visit to Clemson this weekend, and tweeted a picture of him riding in a car with Dabo Swinney, who appeared to be talking on his cell phone while sitting in the driver’s seat (posted in reverse). Williams told the AJC on Friday that he plans an unofficial visit to UGA early this week to see if he will take an official visit with the Bulldogs on Friday. Auburn and Clemson are considered the schools to beat.

One of the most interesting situations to watch over the next week will be Cedar Grove linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams. He’s a longtime commit to South Carolina but took an official visit to Alabama this weekend and told BamaOnline “I am going to go home and pray about it, but I am still solid right now.” UGA’s Mark Richt is scheduled to make an in-home visit on Tuesday, in advance of Allen-Williams taking an official visit with the Bulldogs on Friday. Almost everybody in the recruiting industry thinks Bryson will sign with South Carolina at this point, but keep an eye on this one.

Former UGA tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith showed up at Alabama on an official visit, and tweeted this picture. Smith decided to transfer from UGA last summer after getting into some trouble in Athens. He played this past season at Georgia Military junior college, catching six passes for 134 yards, including five touchdowns. During the Alabama visit, Flournoy-Smith hung out with Nick Saban and new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. He doesn’t have an Alabama offer but told TideSports.com “If something comes up, I will definitely consider it. They are supposed to get back in touch with me. I don’t want to go much more into detail.”

Georgia Tech’s first commit for 2014, safety Miles Taylor of Washington, D.C., flipped to Iowa after taking a “secret” official visit with the Hawkeyes over the weekend. Taylor told GTswarm.com that “no relationship was formed” with Georgia Tech.

One of UGA’s top recruits for this year, offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, took a “secret” official visit to Penn State over the weekend, according to multiple reports on Sunday night. Wynn has been avoiding calls from the media about the topic, but did try to joke about the situation on Twitter.

One of the state’s top juniors, Tucker defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter, surprisingly committed to Alabama over the weekend. It wasn’t a surprise that he picked the Crimson Tide, just that he decided so early. Ledbetter still plans to visit other schools.

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40 comments
TideDawg
TideDawg

There's a lot of conversation about where 5 star recruits are visiting and who gets the 5 star recruit's attention. The only differences between 3 & 4 star recruits with 5 star are coaching and publicity. Recruiters look for talent, desire, character(a tough call) and the possibility they can be developed through proper coaching. Coaching being the key word. A 5 star can receive poor coaching techniques and never develop whereas a 3 0r 4 star can become an AA with proper coaching. Recruiting is a crap shoot. The top universities recruit the best coaches and they develop the best athletes. They usually know after the first year if a kid can cut it or not. They give these kids scholarships to get an education, and the opportunity to play football and perform at the highest level. If they don't accept these opportunities....get rid of them. These kids today have no loyalties to the University or their team. They abandon their teams and jump to the NFL at first opportunity. I don't blame them for that. Take the money and run when the opportunity arrives.

TideDawg
TideDawg

TheBuckeye 1 hasn't posted on the blog for awhile. I think TheBuckeye has told the Buckeye1 to quit posting and revealing their relationship which appeared obvious.



TampGator1
TampGator1

........but I do understand why you ride some of them.  They need it and deserve it.  But not all.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Buckeye.....


So be posted your standard response. 


Just saying the Buckeyes did not set the world on fire this year (when they actually played a decent team) and neither did Georgia.  And for sure not Florida.  Just not sure why you ride the Dawgs and their fans so much with constant put downs.  Seems like you have a deep hurt along the way somewhere that has grown into a sickness of sorts.  Just saying. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The recruiting pool will be so bad in 6-8 years the coaches will not be able to manage them. Once the big dollar folks stop sending the big bucks to the schools then it all comes crashing down.

daddydog
daddydog

Haven't heard of any contact with Wesley Green in a while. Give up on him?

TampGator1
TampGator1

And Buckeye.....


I am well aware of how horrible the Gators were in 2013.  But after watching OHIO play D....I think even my Gators would have put up 30 on OHIO last year, 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Buckeye....


"Finish the drill" means the opposite for OHIO and their fans......now doesn't it?  But you rant on.   

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

The older Sanders got dismissed from UGA for violating team rules but worked hard in junior college to get back to the D1 level at Baylor.

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Actually,  the older Sanders also got booted from GMC for "violation of Team rules" (yet again), then he "found" ANOTHER JUCO to attend, probably one with less rules than GMC.

But when you are  located in outposts like Waco, Tx and are Baylor, then you can take "extra chances" with Talent than you can at places like GT and UGA that get hounded by the Media over any little thing that  our players get into, not to mention the Admins. at our schools having much quicker "hooks" when it comes to booting our players for off -field issues.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

In other words, you're talking leftovers and afterthoughts. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Moist the optimist, thats the biggest understatement since Noah said looks like rain. What the heck is a cristal?

SinceVince
SinceVince

We need some studs on the offensive line... but then again it really comes down to coaching these players to their potential, which in the past has been suspect. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Moist Dawg....


What is a................cristal?  


By the way.....college football teams will not be pursuing "the crystal" any longer.  And that includes the Gawga Buldugs.      

GSU93
GSU93

Finish the drill Dawgs!  Keep the commits you have and add a couple that want to play for Coach Pruitt 

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

The last couple of weeks in a recruiting year always seem to produce a few surprises at UGA. Hopefully, this year those surprises  will all be pleasant. Possibly, even though he got on-board pretty late for this years class, Coach Pruitt will be able to pull in a player or two. Next year, he should pay big dividends as a recruiter, and if he can field a improved defense this fall, be able assemble a top 5 class in defense.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

call me a optomist but i really expect greatness from this class. we now have it on our staff and in our previous classes to but I think it will be the guys from this class that will put us over the hump in our quest for the cristal. all the pieces are in place and i hope these recruts are up to the task.

96JB
96JB

From reading this Dawg coach's have their work cut out for them. Would say with 7 to 8 spots still open, other than DE Carter, I'm not reading very many big time surprises. IF, And I say IF we can keep coach Pruitt more than 1 year, NEXT year will be huge. And, by the way, this class ain't bad. There are some good players coming in.

NCDawg
NCDawg

This should be an interesting week in the recruiting world.  I expect 1 UGA (good) surprise and probably 1 disappointment when Signing Day rolls around.  The hiring of Tracy Rocker will add some momentum to the Lorenzo Carter push and certainly can not hurt in the efforts with A.Williams.  

All of it, every single commit is still up in the air until the ink is on the LOIs.  Weird things happen when these young men are under pressure.  I will not be surprised by any of it.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 quit sucking up to him T-Gator...he is a jerk and a FRAUD...nobody "deserves" anything on here...it's a blog and he/she brings nothing of value except CONSTANT UGA bashing...think you'd sing  a different tune if he was on EVERY UF story in the Tampa Tribune talking shite...no matter how reasonable you are, doesn't matter...the moron is obsessed...gets old...go dogs

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 one of two things happened...a Georgia boy broke his heart or a Georgia girl whipped his azz...and you know, a lot of tek fans hate UGA...go dogs

NCDawg
NCDawg

@daddydog- his official visit is this weekend.  He and Carter will be there..I'm not sure who else but there must be a couple more as well.  Very strategic timing.  The Dawgs get the final shot at their top remaining targets.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@TampGator1 tampa, don't be a shouda woulda coulda gator. You have no clue what "would" have happened. Neither do I. 

Gandolph
Gandolph

@TampGator1  Buckeye is not ranting.  He is baiting.  If you guys would stop responding, he would stop posting.  He is a sad little person with no life except to be obnoxious on the blogs.  But, whatever...

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeye    Speaking of "left-overs" there reportedly were several "Left-over"  KY Jelly containers at your place a couple of weeks ago!


(After-thought)Couldn't you just hire a housecleaner or something???????????????????

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@gtcaryd

A very expensive champage - not that Moist would know that.  I am more of a vintage Moët guy.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

well whatever the hell it is i know the gators wont be persuing it.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@GSU93 Finish the drill means another 8-5 season and lose to the B1G in a (toilet) Bowl


ARdawg
ARdawg

@NCDawg I believe Carter is going to be a Bulldog. I believe he was before Pruitt signed on and UGA and FSU were his leaders and Pruitt moving over probably sealed that deal. Cater might be swayed elsewhere but I'd be very surprised if were the case

CWDawg
CWDawg

@Dewnsav@TampGator1 

Yeah I agree.  We need to get an intervention together for that boy.  He has some real issues. 

CWDawg
CWDawg

@THEBuckeye@TampGator1 

I see you're still on here living the lie.  What is your FIXATION with UGA and the constant negative comments?

The UGA blogs seem to be the only life you have.  How pathetic!  Get some help boy, seriously.  


Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeye@GSU93


    Dear KY: When are you going to PERSONALLY do something about your "Big Team Wannabes" current 2-game losing streak???


A recommended First Step is schedule a couple more D-1 teams to go with the ONE you currently have on your schedule. Only 3 D-1 schools won't get you to the point that your wannabes are acknowledged as playing "Big Boy Football" . may be construed as finally making an effort!!!!!


Nother Thang!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Please try to stay off probation!!!!!!

CWDawg
CWDawg

@THEBuckeye@NCDawg 

Where are you Buckeye?  You're never on here after 6pm.  That must be when your shift ends at the AJC?  You're probably swapping salamis with Bucky 1 by now.  I notice he isn't here either.


Anyway, you 2 lovers have a good night!

CWDawg
CWDawg

@THEBuckeye@Snagglepuss 

Speaking of KY....have you had any luck picking up dudes on this site.....other than Bucky 1 I mean?

You might want to include some more pics of yourself.  They say "the more pics, the more responses".