Posted: 5:35 pm Friday, January 31st, 2014

Wild, wild weekend of recruiting for UGA 

By Michael Carvell

What a wild, wild recruiting weekend expected for UGA.

Things are changing by the minute.

Between 6-8 prospects may take official visits with UGA, and the arrivals and departures are scattered all over the place.

Everybody wants to see what UGA's new coach will do this weekend (AP)

Lots of pressure on this guy to close (AP)

Why is everything scattered? Some of it has to do with last-minute decisions on whether or not to visit UGA on the final weekend before signing day, and some of it has to do with pre-planning to get there late in order to stay on campus on Sunday evening to watch the Super Bowl with the Bulldogs coaches.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Lorenzo Carter, DE, Norcross (Florida, UGA, Florida State and LSU are leaders): The state’s No. 1 prospect will leave after his basketball game on late Friday night to take his final official visit, which is UGA. The Bulldogs will get the chance to make the last impression. UGA is still considered the school to beat, but may not be out in front as much as people think after Carter’s parents expressed “concern” about the Bulldogs not hiring a linebackers coach yet. Carter will stay at UGA until late Sunday to watch the Super Bowl with coaches, which will prevent other colleges from personal contact before the NCAA “dead period” kicks off at midnight.
  • Wesley Green, CB, M.L. King (South Carolina and UGA are co-leaders): This was easily Friday’s biggest development: Green told the AJC that he will not go to UGA on Friday, and may not make the official visit at all.
  • Andrew Williams, DE, ECLA (Auburn and Clemson as co-leaders): His high school coach said that Williams is expected to take a delayed official visit to UGA, beginning on Sunday. You can read about that HERE. There were reports that Mark Richt visited ECLA on Friday but it was assistants Jeremy Pruitt and Tracy Rocker instead.
  • Kendarius Webster, CB, Stockbridge (committed to Ole Miss): Webster told Ole Miss reporters that he was “finished” with official visit a coupe of weeks ago, but UGASports.com’s Jake Rowe reported that Webster confirmed that he will take an official visit to UGA this weekend. Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley told the AJC on late Friday:  “You are the third person to ask me that today. I have no idea if he’s going to visit UGA. I have no idea. A couple of recruiting services called me. But I have not heard that he’s going. We’ve been out of school all week with the weather. I have not seen Coach Pruitt. He came the day he got the job, but he hasn’t come back since then.” Update: Rowe told the AJC  that Webster later informed him he was unsure about visit.
  • Shaquille Jones, safety, Merritt Island, Fla. (committed to Louisville): Could UGA steal a recruit from former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham? Grantham hasn’t known Jones that long, and Jones only committed to Louisville last week. But UGA fans would love it, nonetheless. Jones tweeted on Friday that he was en route to UGA. The 2-star safety was originally committed to South Alabama but has become a popular secondary target for colleges this week.
  • Bryson Allen-Williams, LB, Cedar Grove (committed to South Carolina): Allen-Williams was considering arriving late Friday or early Saturday at UGA, so he could hang out with his buddy Lorenzo Carter and the Bulldogs coaches to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday evening. Richt almost got stuck at Bryson’s house while making a home visit last Tuesday during the ice storm. UGA and Alabama are considered long shots but you never know in the wacky world of recruiting. Anything can and does happen.
  • Dominick Sanders, DB, Tucker (committed to UGA): This was the week’s biggest news for UGA.
  • Shakenneth Williams, WR, Rutland (committed to UGA)

The AJC also confirmed that one of UGA’s top defensive recruits, 4-star DT Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, N.C., will take an official visit to Miami this weekend.

Final note: You can follow the BIG PICTURE of UGA’s 2014 recruiting class by clicking HERE for a look at the UGA Big Board for 2014.

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65 comments
keendaddy
keendaddy

Tamp,

I know the one's that are left just want attention Wednesday, sad. Guess I expected at least one of the recruits to "jump" this weekend, my bad...no biggie...

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Buckeye,,,,,


You did post all the ESPN Wednesday signing times....which I found of value.....but then you ruined a good thing by your negative, Georgia comment.  You just can't help yourself, can you?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Keendaddy....


I am sure there were hundreds of "silent commitments" all over the country today.  But, of course, several will change their minds before faxing in their LOI paper on Wednesday.



@Buckeye.....


Your act has really gotten old.  You seem intelligent enough to post meaningful things on here, but you simply refuse to add much or any value.  Sad.



keendaddy
keendaddy

Not one commitment this weekend?

TampGator1
TampGator1

Wet Willie proved my point....he is bitter. 


And Wet....I think Florida is doing just fine on the recruiting trail despite the 2013 disaster of a season.  Says a little bit about the Florida football brand.....doesn't it....when so many top recruits want to play for the Gators.  I think they fully realize what kind of program Florida is and that 2013 was just what it was.....just a single season that will not occur again for a long, long time.  

Dawggie
Dawggie

Lol.  A little10 school sissy, who spends 24/7/265, mocking UGA on UGA Football Blogs, mind you, whines about being mocked.

Priceless . . .

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Signing Day Top 100 Schedule


Number of dog mentions?


One


8 a.m.          Derrick Nnadi           No. 4 DT               Virginia Tech, FSU, Ohio State
8 a.m.          J.C. Jackson             No. 21 WR            Florida, FSU, Miami
8:15 a.m.    Isaiah McKenzie        No. 35 WR            Notre Dame, Florida, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech
8:50 a.m.    Braden Smith           No. 3 OG               TCU, Auburn, Texas A&M, Notre Dame
9 a.m.         Solomon Thomas      No. 3 SDE             Stanford, Texas, Notre Dame Arkansas
10 a.m.       Roderick Johnson      No. 21 OT             Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama
10 a.m.       Ermon Lane             No. 5 WR               Florida State, Florida
10:20 a.m.  Damian Prince          No. 2 OT               Maryland, Florida, FSU, So. Carolina, Miami
10:30 a.m.  Malachi Dupre           No. 2 WR              LSU, UCLA, Florida State, Ole Miss, Alabama
10:30 a.m.  Kenny Young            No. 5 OLB             LSU, UCLA, Texas A&M
10:30 a.m.  Terrence Alexander   No. 32 CB             Ole Miss, Stanford, Notre Dame
10:30 a.m.  Mattrell McGraw        No. 33 S               Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA, Arizona
10:30 a.m.  Travonte Valentine    No. 3 DT               LSU, Miami, Texas
11:15 a.m.  Damien Mama          No. 1 OG               USC, BYU, Alabama, UCLA
11:45 a.m.  Rashaan Evans         No. 1 OLB             Auburn, Alabama, Nebraska, UCLA, NIU
2:10 p.m.    Adoree’ Jackson        No. 1 ATH             USC, Florida, UCLA, Oregon, LSU
2:15 p.m.    Steven Parker           No. 6 S                 IU, Alabama, Kansas St., Baylor, Auburn
2:45 p.m.    Lorenzo Carter          No. 3 WDE            Georgia, FSU, Florida, LSU, Clemson
2:50 p.m.    Myles Autry              No. 31 ATH            Georgia Tech, FSU, Florida, Miami, UL-Laf.
4 p.m.         Budda Baker             No. 10 S               Washington, UCLA, Wazzu, Texas A&M, USC
5 p.m.         JuJu Smith               No. 2 S                  Ohio St., Mich., Ole Miss, USC, Notre Dame
5 p.m.         Michiah Quick           No. 4 ATH              Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCLA
5 p.m.         Wesley Green           No. 17 CB              So. Carolina, Clemson, UF, Ohio St., Auburn
6 p.m.         Poona Ford               No. 24 DT              Texas, Purdue, Missouri
TBA             Malik McDowell         No. 2 SDE              Mich. State, Mich., Ohio State, FSU, Florida
TBA             Nifae Lealao              No. 10 SDE           Stanford, Cal, Vanderbilt, Oregon State
TBA             Chris Lammons         No. 14 CB              So. Carolina, Wisc., FAU, Nebraska, Ohio St.

THE_Buckeye
THE_Buckeye

I just wanted to say to everyone on the blog that I'm sorry for all of the immature comments and instigating arguments with UGA fans on the AJC blogs. The reason that I do it is that although my team wins a lot of games against nobodies, We always get crushed by the better teams. Ultimately, that tears down my self esteem and I come on your blog because misery loves company. I just have been trying to bring you down to my level. I've been wrong and immature to do that and I'm sorry. You have a great recruiting class.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Currently, Georgia claims only two national championships — the undefeated 1980 team and the 11-1 1942 team, which lost to Auburn but won the SEC championship and went on to beat UCLA in the Rose Bowl. The school declares those two teams as “consensus” national champions, meaning they were ranked No. 1 by at least half of the national polls recognized by the National College Football Hall of Fame and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book. The 1980 team was the choice of the vast majority of rankings. In 1942, AP declared Ohio State the champ, but Georgia was the pick of the Berryman, DeVold, Houlgate, Litkenhous, Poling, Williamson polls.


-junkyard


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Yep the ole Litkenhous Poll


A gold standard

slydawg
slydawg

There will be no surprises  for UGA come signing day. All who have committed will sign because there is no so-called can't miss, must have recruit in Georgia's class this year. Two exceptions: Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. But I think they are solid UGA. W. Green, K. Webster,  B. Allen-Williams, and Andrew Williams are what I would call swing recruits. I think UGA gets one or two to switch and/or sign. If they can get 2 out of 4 and sign L. Carter, then this class would be nice. Tony Ball...hhhmmmm. there are just way too many 5 and 4 star WR's in 2014 for Georgia to have none in this class. He is either a poor recruiter, coach, or both. AJ Green came to Georgia because it was his best option at the time. AJ Green was special before he came to campus. Alabama has had 3 elite receivers in 7 seasons in that ball-control offense of theirs. Tennessee has had 5 NFL-caliber receivers in that same time span. Georgia has had one in 13 seasons.

oldbirddawg
oldbirddawg

If 5 of 22 starters, or 22%, are offensive linemen, why does UGA only have three OL commits for this year?  Last I read, 6 of Alabama's 24 commits are OL.  I guess that is why they have crystal footballs and we don't.

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

UGA may miss out on a few of the top recruits this year but the following years will be great.  Garner screwed UGA in recruiting the last few years -- UGA should ask for some of his salary back.  Pruitt will out-recruit Garner in the long run.  

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

looking to pick up a few commits this weekend...time is running short...all teams scrambling to fill slots...go dogs 

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

What a wild, wild recruiting weekend expected for UGA.

Things are changing by the minute.


-mc


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I think that's the case for most D1 schools. No monopoly for the dogs 

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

06:41 PM ET 01.31 | New Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is preparing to enter his first season in Austin, but he better not get too familiar with the practice facilities because they could be getting a facelift in the near future. According to reports, the Longhorns are interested in building a two-story, indoor practice facility because everything is bigger in Texas.


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Texas too cheap dogs


THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Board of Trustees has approved a $45 million football training center project that's scheduled for completion in 2016.

The privately-funded facility will be built adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House, where the team practices in bad weather.


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Step it up cheap dogs. 


Richt won't have to cancel practice when its cold and rainy.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Red and Black DAWG Ignores Troll's Comments

UGA might have a fair shot at a couple of these young men.  Having Coach Pruitt, Richt and Rocker there should help tremendously and the fact that UGA is the last visit they take could help out quite a bit. If Coach Pruitt can field a good defense this year, recruiting will be a lot easier in 2015 as well. He has the pedigree for the position, and I hope he has the players he needs to turn it around this year.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Wet....


You sound a little bitter there......sport. 


I am sure Elam would have been all world if he had committed to Bama.   But not. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Why would Carter's parents be concerned . It's not like Georgia isn't going to hire a Linebacker Coach and Pruitt should be the only concern anyway. If it was me I would have only worried about my kid playing under Grantham . Pruitt is such an upgrade to Grantham that alone would have eased any concerns I would have had.

2015 will be a lot different. Georgia will be one of the top Schools and Pruitt will show Richt how to close out the Recruiting year.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

I didn't expect any of the recruits to commit this weekend. The good news is that none of them ruled UGa out of the mix. Should be an interesting signing day next week.

Dawggie
Dawggie

@TampGator1 Agreed.  I think UF will have a turn around similar to UGA's '11 season.  Too much talent in Gainsville to have those results back to back. 

If it does start going bad, Muschamp won't last the season.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dawggie  "sissy" doggie? If you were such a tough guy you'd just be "dog", not doggie. 

Dawggie
Dawggie

Actually, 24/7/365 . . .


Dawggie
Dawggie

@THEBuckeye You make a strong argument for the apparent point you are making - osu does less with more than any football program in the NCAA.

Congrats on that.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@THE_Buckeye  I also love all these closet psychologists.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

@THE_Buckeye Thank you for owning up to your mistakes. However, rather than bring further humiliation to the GT and Ohio fan base, I think it is best if you just leave all AJC blogs and slink away into the mist. It is better that way.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@slydawg  I think a few of the recruits committed elsewhere swinging to UGA, if that happens, would be considered a surprise...go dogs

thebucket
thebucket

@slydawg Marlon Brown said to tell you "Hello". I think the Baltimore Ravens are pretty happy they picked him up last year.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@oldbirddawg


Remind us all again why any of us would give a Fat Rat's Azz how many OL  Bammy signed/signs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Not sure about the other teams but Bama's on roster OL aren't page one players at this time. The prior OL coach (not with Philly )wasn't allowed off campus to recruit due to the Miami blue light special of buying players. The evaluations of some we took weren't great and we missed on several guys as well. Mario is trying to get us back to page one.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I hope Pruitt will run auburn out of Georgia with his recruiting. That is a good thing for UGA and Bama. Makes both programs stronger. I would much see Bama playing the Dawgs each year in the SECCG even if it means the Dawgs beat us. F auburn.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Tired of your hourly BS about Bama. I see your plan...if you can't beat them then talk them down to your level. That works for the small minded people no doubt. Tampa you're envy is  running your fingers as well as your mouth. Much like the jealous neighbor when you pull up in your new black BMW and he said " I wouldn't have bought a black one". Best of luck in 2014. Perhaps you will have another LB that can out bark the police dog again. That was about the highlight of your program in 2013.

Dawggie
Dawggie

@THEBuckeye @Dawggie Not a tough guy, just a normal guy, in contrast to a bucky, who can't stop posting sophomoric, immature insults on a football blog. 

That's ok, I still read lots of your posts, until you get repetitive, then I skip you just like I do the guy who posts, "My sister's best friend makes $10K a week just using her computer . . ."

And, Dog and Dawg were taken . . .

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dawggie @THEBuckeye  I thought less with more is Richt's gig - all those dream teams, draft picks and signing day national championships?

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  we have a kid, OL, out of Florida in Athens this weekend on a OV and might have Seymour, didn't qualify last year, possibly coming in...not where we wanna be, but there could be some extra beef coming in...go dogs

Dawggie
Dawggie

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Last month I pulled against the SEC in the BCSCG for the second time ever.  The first time was the '10 season.  Yes, F auburn.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeye(aka KY Jelly Boy)


Does that mean that none of your significant others wear red and black???????

Dawggie
Dawggie

@THEBuckeye @Dawggie Oh no.  OSU had the #1 or 2 class last year.  

Who could forget your, "URBAN MYER!  URBAN MYER! URBAN MYER!" post the morning after signig day?

And Lord knows, you should read a litte morethan just on AJC - you'll find throngs of bucky fans talking of pre-season national championships.


thebucket
thebucket

@Snagglepuss @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Willie can speak for himself, but from what I saw in the bowl game Henry is going to be knocking on the door to take some of Yeldon's snaps. That is not a put down of Yeldon on my part, just an opinion on how good I think Henry is.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

If you can't block them then you can't win. The DC's will see the weak points and beat you to death with them. Friend can coach them if they have enough talent and heart to compete. Bama has a 1st round OL in Cyrus K this year but his ash was owned by a 220# LBer in the Sugar Bowl. Owned. Nick never gave him any help either and there is a story in that as well. There isn't a starting position on the 2014 Bama team that is locked down at this point. NOT ONE. The man sad it is 2007 again it will approached as that with errrrbody starting all over together. We might finish 7-5 but it will be with a bunch of players willing to give it their all on every play.