Posted: 8:46 am Monday, January 27th, 2014
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.
If y'all reporters must know, yes I am takin all my OV. In alphabetical order: U of Alaska, Appalachian State, U of D.C. & U of Coney Island
— Isaiah Wynn (@iwynn77) January 27, 2014
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.
OVER THE WEEKEND
- “Hand-to-hand combat” between colleges for Lorenzo Carter (see the pic)
- New UGA targets emerging?
- Georgia Tech recruit flips to Iowa after “secret” visit
- Top Georgia recruit commits to Alabama
- Alabama loses top QB recruit … Mark Richt hits the road
DID YOU SEE THIS?
- Will UGA’s late push work with top uncommitted prospect?
- Spurrier vs. Dabo Swinney … in a wresting match?
- Could Georgia Tech flip a UCF commit? It looks promising
- Who will Mark Richt hire as UGA’s new recruiting coordinator? Well …
- Lorenzo Carter on meeting new UGA coach & ranking his LSU trip
- How did new UGA target Tavon Ross like recruiting trip to Bulldogs?
- How to find out where Mark Richt and Paul Johnson are recruiting today … via Social Media
THERE’S MORE …
- Recruit’s mother issues statement … about UGA and Alabama
- UGA target names South Carolina as his leader, but, but …
- Catching the BIG one! 5-star commits to UGA
- Record-breaking WR declines late UGA offer
- UGA QB signee shakes off his struggles in all-star games