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UGA’s Big Board for 2015

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At the top of UGA's wish list is 5-star DT Trent Thompson

UGA caught the biggest fish with 5-star DT Trent Thompson (AJC)


  • **Johnathan Abram, DB, 6-1, 200, Columbia (Miss.) East Marion: The 3-star safety is considered a late bloomer, with UGA beating out the hometown favorite, Ole Miss.
  • **Chuks Amaechi, LB, 6-3, 220, Arizona Western junior college: Having to replace both inside linebackers for next season, UGA found a quick fix in the junior-college ranks.
  • Deandre Baker, CB, 5-11, 175, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern: He’s officially committed to UGA but will announce on signing day between Texas and the Bulldogs.
  • **Michael Barnett, DE, 6-5, 258, Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland: The No. 4 overall prospect out of South Carolina surprised everyone abruptly flipping from Florida State to UGA on the day he signed his financial-aid agreement.
  • Juwuan Briscoe, CB, 6-0, 182, Waldorf (Md.) Thomas Stone: The former Clemson commit was considered a heavy lean to Ohio State until taking an official visit to UGA for the Georgia Tech game. He apparently saw that he could compete for playing time next season.
  • Chris Carson, RB, 6-1, 210, Butler (Kansas) junior college: UGA’s depth at running back scared away elite high school prospects, so the Bulldogs went to junior colleges and found the former Parkview High School standout. Made a surprise visit to Oklahoma State on Jan. 23.
  • Michael Chigbu, WR, 6-2, 210, New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross: Solid all-around talent who picked UGA over Texas A&M. How often do the Bulldogs get a kid out of Louisiana? Chigbu doesn’t have an LSU offer but what if he gets one late?
  • Terry Godwin, ATH, 6-0, 160, Callaway: The 5-star has UGA fans worried by making multiple visits to Alabama and Auburn, but the Bulldogs may have sealed the deal by signing his older sister to a basketball scholarship. Could play WR or DB at UGA.
  • Sage Hardin, OL, 6-6, 260, Marist: Hardin is a late-bloomer and earned UGA offer at camp last summer. He quickly took it.
  • **Jackson Harris, TE, 6-6, 250, Columbia (Tenn.): Surprisingly never got a Tennessee offer but UGA beat out Alabama.
  • **Jonathan Ledbetter, DL, 6-4, 270, Tucker: Major recruiting victory for UGA by flipping the Alabama commit. Jonathan was always considering the flip, but it sealed the deal when the Bulldogs gave a football scholarship to his older brother Joseph, who had played NCAA Div. II basketball the previous two seasons.
  • Sam Madden, OL, 6-7, 345, Barnegat (N.J.): Madden was a longtime Wisconsin commit but reopened his recruitment after being told he wouldn’t be admitted for academic reasons. He got a UGA offer in late January, took an official visit with the Bulldogs three days later, and committed before leaving campus.
  • Gary McCrae, ATH, 6-2, 215, Randolph-Clay: Sometimes you see a great athlete and don’t know what position he’ll play, but sign him anyways and figure it out later. McCrae is a high school QB but could play as many as five different positions in college. He grew up a Bulldogs fan due to his hometown hero, former UGA linebacker Thomas Davis. Needs to improve his grades to qualify.
  • **Natrez Patrick, DE, 6-2, 225, Mays: UGA has really struggled getting talent out of Atlanta Public Schools, so getting Patrick was a really big deal. He’s ranked as one of the state’s top 10 overall prospects, and picked UGA over Auburn.
  • Chauncey Rivers, DE, 6-3, 225, Stephenson: He flipped from South Carolina because he had several close friends playing for UGA.
  • Rashad Roundtree, S, 6-1, 200, Lakeside-Evans: He’s the son of Augusta’s sheriff, and was bumped up to a 5-star by
  • DeVondre Seymour, OT, 6-6, 315, Hinds (Miss.) junior college: The North Gwinnett High School standout is the nephew and adopted son of former UGA and NFL standout Richard Seymour and got a last-minute UGA offer on signing day in 2013 but failed to qualify. He is very raw. There’s some concerns about Seymour since he didn’t academically qualify to enroll early as expected.
Jayson Stanley (AJC/Michael carvell)

WR Jayson Stanley (AJC)

  • Darius Slayton, WR-DB, 6-2, 180, Greater Atlanta Christian: Slayton is raw and undeveloped but has “first-round NFL talent” according to one SEC coach. Slayton picked UGA over South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Jayson Stanley, WR, 6-2, 210, Creekside: Georgia Tech legacy (his father played RB/WR for Yellow Jackets) will play for archrivals. Stanley is one of top 3-4 most important players in this class, considering UGA’s critical need of WRs.
  • Juwan Taylor, LB, 6-2, 200, Hallandale Beach (Fla.): Give UGA some credit for scouting and evaluation. Taylor only had an offer from Western Kentucky when the Bulldogs stepped up last May before LSU, Clemson and others.
  • Trent Thompson, DT, 6-4, 285, Westover: For first time in UGA history, the Bulldogs land the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect (no Herschel wasn’t a No. 1)
  • D’Andre Walker, OLB-DE, 6-3, 200, Langston Hughes: He committed to UGA on national TV, during the U.S. Army All-America Bowl — despite not taking his official visit with the Bulldogs yet. He is working on his SAT/ACT score to qualify.
  • Deontai Williams, DB, 6-0, 175, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy: Williams flipped from Florida to UGA on Dawg Night weekend, after being committed to the Gators for six months. There’s some family influences that would like to see him switch back to Florida.
  • **Jarvis Wilson, DB, 6-2, 197, Tupelo, Miss.: This sort of came out of nowhere. Wilson, who had been committed to Mississippi State for around six months, took a surprise visit to UGA in late November and flipped to the Bulldogs a week later.
  • Justin Young, DT, 6-3, 255, Grayson: Big recruiting win for UGA in Gwinnett County, where the Bulldogs have struggled to land elite recruits in recent years.

** denotes that prospect enrolled early at UGA


  • Roquan Smith, ILB, 6-2, 200, Macon County (undecided): Not to be confused with Raekwon McMillan because their first names sound alike. Roquan is much faster with his lateral speed than Raekwon, and can cover the field from sideline-to-sideline. This one was expected to decided between UGA and Florida, but the Bulldogs may be clearcut leader after Will Muschamp’s firing. Will announce on ESPNU on signing day.
  • Pat Allen, OL, 6-4, 285, Reistertown (Md.) Franklin (undecided): The former UGA commit could pledge again to the Bulldogs if he likes the new OL coach.
  • Nick Buchanan, OL, 6-4, 280, Dunwoody (committed to Cal): He got a late offer from UGA, and he visited the Bulldogs on Jan. 23. Many expected Buchanan to flip before he left campus, but he’s sticking with Cal so far. He’ll visit Florida on Jan. 30.
  • Venzell Boulware, OL, Creekside (committed to Tennessee): Got a late offer from UGA but originally turned down an offer to visit. However, he said he would consider UGA trip after returning from Jan. 23 visit to Ohio State. Appears to be avoiding the media. Is that good news or bad news for UGA?
  • Chris Williamson, DB, 6-1, 190, Gainesville (undecided): Tough news for UGA as Florida beat out the Bulldogs for his final visit this weekend. Williamson no longer lists UGA as one of his finalists.


  • Pat Allen, OL, 6-4, 285, Reistertown (Md.) Franklin (undecided): This de-commitment was connected to the departure of UGA’s offensive line coach, Will Friend.
  • Rico McGraw, DB, 6-0, 190, Nashville, Tenn (undecided): McGraw flipped from UGA to Alabama in July 2014, seven months after initially pledging to UGA. He de-committed from Alabama a week before signing day, and UGA is favorite because of Jeremy Pruitt’s relentless recruiting.
  • Van Jefferson, WR, 6-2, 170, Brentwood, Tenn (committed to Ole Miss): The son of former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Shawn Jefferson committed out of the blue to UGA last summer. Dad wanted him to go to UGA, while mom voted for Ole Miss. Mom won.
  • Christian Owens, WR, 6-5, 200, Griffin (committed to South Carolina): Owens was UGA’s first commit for 2015 class, but switched to South Carolina 18 months later. He didn’t explain his reasons for the change, but there was speculation that UGA could not promise him early enrollment (ironically that was promised to Van Jefferson, who flipped).
  • Quincy Vasser, DE, 6-4, 240, Navarro (Texas) junior college (committed to Texas): He committed to UGA without ever visiting UGA or the state of Georgia in his life and without ever meeting or talking with Mark Richt. However, Vasser took an official visit to UGA for Dawg Night, and everything appears hunky dory … until he took a December visit to Texas and flipped to the Longhorns three days later.
  • Shaquery Wilson, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami, Fla. (committed to West Virginia): He reportedly felt like he had a better chance at playing WR (his true love) at West Virginia rather than at UGA.


  • Michael Barnett, DE, 6-5, 258, Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland: Surprised everybody when scheduled a ceremony at school to sign financial-aid papers with FSU … and signed with UGA instead. He started classes at UGA in January.
  • Jonathan Ledbetter, DL, 6-4, 275, Tucker: He switched from Alabama to UGA after the Bulldogs signed his brother Joe (who played Div. II basketball) to a football scholarship. He started classes at UGA in January.
  • Chauncey Rivers, DE, 6-3, 225, Stephenson: He switched from South Carolina to UGA
  • Deontai Williams, DB, 6-0, 175, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy: He switched from Florida to UGA
  • Jarvis Wilson, DB, 6-2, 197, Tupelo, Miss. He switched from Mississippi State to UGA.

Want to see what’s going on over at Georgia Tech? Click HERE to look at Georgia Tech’s Big Board for 2015


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