Posted: 11:54 pm Thursday, February 13th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA COMMITS FOR 2015
- Pat Allen, OL, 6-4, 285, Reistertown (Md.) Franklin: The sting over missing on in-state targets doesn’t hurt so bad after Allen’s pledge.
- Dandre Baker, CB, 5-11, 175, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern: UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has always had a lot of success with recruiting Miami.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 got a lot of UGA fans worried by making multiple visits to Alabama and Auburn last spring, 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: UGA had a change in luck with in-state linemen by beating out UVA, Tennessee, Miami and Georgia Tech for the 3-star who earned the offer at Mark Richt Camp.
- Jackson Harris, TE, 6-6, 250, Columbia (Tenn.): UGA beat out Alabama for the 4-star from Tennessee. “Anytime you can beat out Alabama, that’s big,” said 247sports.com’s Jake Rowe. Harris never got an offer from Tennessee, but that may have had to do with the offensive scheme.
- Van Jefferson, WR, 6-2, 170, Brentwood (Tenn): Son of former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Shawn Jefferson seemingly came out of nowhere to pick UGA over Tennessee and Ohio State. His father coached on last year’s Tennessee Titans staff with UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
- 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.
- 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.
- Christian Owens, WR, 6-5, 200, Griffin: Big possession-type WR helped his high school win Class AAAA state championship as a junior. He’s trying to get his cousin (Auburn commit Jordan Colbert) to join him at UGA.
- 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: UGA flipped a kid who had been committed to South Carolina. Rivers may be moving up in the rankings after a dominating performance against Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt at Nike camp.
- 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.
- 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 (1) UGA’s critical need of WRs and (2) Godwin could play defense.
- 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 the second year in a row, UGA has landed the state’s No. 1 overall prospect.
- Quincy Vasser, DE, 6-4, 240, Navarro (Texas) junior college: 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.
- 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.
- Shaquery Wilson, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami (Fla.): Wilson committed to UGA at Dawg Night, picking the Bulldogs over Louisville and Miami.
- 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.
TOP UGA TARGETS FOR 2015
- Darius Slayton, WR-DB, 6-2, 180, Greater Atlanta Christian (undecided): Slayton is raw and undeveloped but has “first-round NFL talent” according to one SEC coach. Slayton raved about his official visit to UGA on Sept. 27. He will tour Auburn and possibly South Carolina before announcing. UGA appears to be in good shape.
- 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 could come down to UGA and Florida.
- Micah Abernathy, DB, 6-1, 185, Greater Atlanta Christian (undecided): How do you know that Abernathy is a top priority for UGA? He got a ton of personal attention from defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during Dawg Night. This may be UGA-Tennessee battle because his older brother played for Butch Jones at Cincinnati.
- Rashad Roundtree, S, 6-1, 200, Lakeside-Evans (undecided): He’s the son of Augusta’s sheriff, and was recently bumped up to a 5-star by Rivals.com. He’s a top priority after another safety, Rico McGraw, flipped from UGA to Alabama. Roundtree is expected to pick between UGA and Auburn on Nov. 7.
- Tarvarus McFadden, CB, 6-3, 198, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage: UGA has emerged as a strong contender for the 5-star, with FSU being his rumored leader. Two of McFadden’s good buddies and former high school teammates, Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie, play at UGA.
- Donte Jackson, ATH, 5-11, 175, New Orleans (undecided): This is shaping up as one of those high-profile battles full of drama that goes down to signing day between the hometown favorite, LSU, and UGA.
- D’Andre Walker, OLB-DE, 6-3, 200, Langston Hughes (undecided): There were rumors last year that he committed to UGA but the defensive coaches have changed since then. Walker has to work on his grades to qualify.
- Emanuel McGirt, OL, 6-6, 275, Durham (N.C.) Hillside (undecided): The former UNC commit worked out for UGA’s coach at Dawg Night.
- Josh Sweat, DT, 6-4, 240, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith (undecided): He bumped Trent Thompson from the top spot as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect. Sweat said UGA will be one of his five official visits. It’s a long shot, but if UGA can get Sweat on campus …
UGA LONGSHOTS FOR 2015
- Chuma Edoga, OL, 6-4. 280, McEachern (committed to USC): He’s the state’s best junior OL not named Mitch Hyatt and committed to USC over UGA, Tennessee and Stanford in April. It was a devastating blow for the Bulldogs, who won’t give up on this 5-star until signing day. Edoga planned to attend Dawg Night but didn’t make it. Chuma has also promised to take an official visit with UGA. We’ll see.
- Cameron Stewart, WR, 6-3, 185, Shiloh (committed to UCF): Despite being committed to UCF, Stewart showed up at Dawg Night with the hopes of earning an UGA offer. It didn’t happen that night but don’t surprised if UGA keeps Stewart on the back burner if some other targets go elsewhere.
- Cole Minshew, OL, 6-6, 319, Coffee (committed to FSU): After missing on some other OL targets, UGA offered Minshew, who committed early to FSU. There were rumors that Minshew was on the verge of flipping to UGA but he canceled plans to attend Dawg Night at the last minute — and is no longer considering the Bulldogs.
- Preston Williams, WR, 6-5, 200, Lovejoy (committed to Tennessee): He is the best WR prospect that Georgia has produced since Da’Rick Rogers in 2009. Williams is committed to Tennessee but flirted with UGA in the spring. Some strange things would have to happen for Williams to not go to Tennessee, but recruiting is always strange.
UGA’S DE-COMMITS FROM 2015 CLASS
- Rico McGraw, DB, 6-0, 190, Nashville, Tenn (committed to Alabama): McGraw flipped from UGA to Alabama in July 2014, seven months after initially pledging to UGA. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see McGraw take an official visit to UGA.
UGA’S FLIPS FOR 2015 CLASS
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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