Posted: 11:54 pm Thursday, February 13th, 2014

UGA’s Big Board for 2015 

By Michael Carvell

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)

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 (AJC/Michael carvell)

    WR Jayson Stanley (AJC)

  • 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

  • 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. You know he’s a priority for UGA when Mark Richt personally contacts RR via Twitter whenever there’s big news. Roundtree was a spectator at Dawg Night, and he’s a top priority after another safety, Rico McGraw, flipped from UGA to Alabama.
  • Darius Slayton, WR-DB, 6-2, 180, Greater Atlanta Christian (undecided): Auburn may be the school to beat, but Slayton showed UGA that he was sincerely interested by showing up and working out at Dawg Night. Slayton is raw and undeveloped but has “first-round NFL talent” according to one college scout.
  • Donte Jackson, ATH, 5-11, 175, New Orleans Riverdale (undecided): Jackson attended Dawg Night and it appears to be a 50-50 battle between hometown favorite LSU and UGA.
  • 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 …
  • 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): McGirt worked out at Dawg Night, despite being committed to UNC. He backed off his pledge to UNC in late July.

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.
  • Jordan Colbert, S, 6-2, 205, Griffin (committed to Auburn): UGA waited too late to offer Colbert, who grew up a fan of the Bulldogs. Colbert made an appearance at Dawg Night as spectator. But after a couple of couple of other defensive backs committed to UGA, the courtship with Colbert may be over.
  • 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. He declared over the summer that he was “shutting down” his recruiting with all other schools. Some strange things would have to happen for Williams to not go to Tennessee, but recruiting is always strange.
  • Jeremy McDuffie, DB, 5-11, 170, Shiloh: The track star was a candidate to get an offer from UGA at Dawg Night, but didn’t make it. His leaders are Florida and Duke.
  • Kaleb Kim, OL, 6-5, 275, Mill Creek (committed to Auburn): Kim, who has a mean and nasty streak that reminds some of UGA OL Brandon Kublanow, committed to Auburn over UGA in April.
  • Elijah Sullivan, LB, 6-1, 215, Tucker (committed to Auburn): Sullivan said he wanted to earn an offer from UGA at Dawg Night. He showed up that night, but elected to not participate.
  • Chance Warmack, OL, 6-2, 326, Mays (committed to Alabama): UGA may be a backup plan for Warmack if too many linemen commit to Alabama. His older brother was an All-American at Alabama.

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.

UGA’S FLIPS FOR 2015 CLASS

  • 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

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

120 comments
circuitrider2
circuitrider2

STILL CAN'T BE SURE WHICH PROSPCTS COMMITTED TO  THE DAWGS, IN SPITE OF ALL THE INK USED IN TAKING ABOUT THM.

UGA Dawg
UGA Dawg

You missed one OL Cole Minshew 6'6 337lbs from Coffee High School in Douglas, GA/Coffee County. He is committed to FSU. However, the school that he grew up loving is UGA. This one the Dawgs may flip.

UWGTrainer
UWGTrainer

I am with RandyHall. I am not losing sleep that we aren't getting big time linemen, wouldn't be upset if we did, I just we would get even some three or two srtar guys and coach them up. One linemen a class is not good. It also seems that we are missing on every O-linemen we offer. Are we in on any uncommitted O-line anywhere?

te29wr
te29wr

Why don't we take the names off the back of the jersey and just make them a team a player ie So Cal , N Dame and others This will stop the crap od likeness  for  EA sports  games


Gopher86
Gopher86

This is simple, UGA play's up to the level we know they can and recruits roll in with ease. The State is flooded with talent this upcoming(2015) class. But we must win on the field first. WIN IN ATHENS and they will come.

RandyHall
RandyHall

NC Dawg....why does seem every year that Will Friend lags on getting top notch OT's ? Seymour doesn't count because of family ties...AL has 3 OL commits already....FL picked up an OL commit this weekend...FSU just got a commit from a kid in GA this weekend....Gomer needs to get to work.....and it is time for CMR to win a NC!!! 

BCB
BCB

GO DAWGS!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Georgia number 1 Recruit they need to get to commit, now, is Trenton Thompson.

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

#1 WR I've seen so "far" on film is Preston Williams arguably the best offensive prospect in Ga....if Uga get Roundtree,Walker,Smith, Patrick,Thompson and a few others this class , then that will tell me we own our backyard  and everyone else better watch theirs.

davidbishop
davidbishop

160 pound 5 star player??? yea right..gotta be a mike farrell give ugag the stars  because they  verballed to ugag ..then he said gonna make a special teams player too and the whole video i saw was no kick returns or punt returns or any special teams, how do you explain that? 5 star players should be game changers not projects

Gopher86
Gopher86

#! WR in the country and in Fla has UGA as his #1 team. The Chance to play with Michel, Chubbs, and Owens(2015) is going to be to great to pass up! this 2015 class may be the premier class of Richts tenure because the state is loaded, and Florida loaded!. 7 of 10 in the COUNTRY live in the two states!

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Another UGA Dream Team and an NCAA championship, right? Don't Dream Teams win championships?


Oh yeah, I remember now.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Pruitt will get let say half the Scholarships , meaning around 12. He has already given 3 , 9 left. The Recruits will be lined up trying to claim one of the spots  that are left. I don't know how many kids can come in early , January 2015,  but Georgia better start working on which one's will be able to  qualify because Georgia is going to need to find extra spots for a bigger group than they got in with the 2014 commits. Our state is loaded this year for 2015 and with the Recruiting talent, Coaches,  we now have, Georgia can nearly take their pick of the litter.

POAD2013
POAD2013

WHY doesn't EVERY new blog format article have a NEW COMMENT counter at the bottom right side of the page?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Count one for the flip side.


zulucanibal
zulucanibal

Rashad Rountree is no joke....and underrated like no other on Rivals site. The kid has the best closing speed and pop Ive seen at the high school level in sometime. A+ plus work ethic also.

cmac22
cmac22

Is it possible to find another word besides "commit" when talking about prospective players and where they say they will go to school?  It really cheapens the meaning of the word!!

dawgs01
dawgs01

that griffin high team has got some studs playing receiver and tight end.  you got mangam been offered by vandy and is a four star, owens committed to uga and is a high 4 star, colbert committed to NC high 3 star could get ranked higher after summer, and they got another to NC or has receiverd an offer plus they just lost that kid trey willis who caught like 200something receiving yards in the state game and returned a kick off.  they also got a qb that has been backing up the senior for four yrs so he can play.  he actually played alot bc they blow so many teams out.  it will be hard to replace that qb they just had though he got all classification player of the yr.  Cant believe tech did not offer him.  looks like he will end up at an academy or go FCS.  he will ball where ever he goes.  he also has a few ivy leagues looking at him so grades are not the issue it is his ht.

DawgByte
DawgByte

Scrotavius Brownspot the 5'7" 485 lb. Center out of Hahira GA is high on OL priority list.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I think the Brown kid from Columbus will sign with UGA in the end. Bama did a lot of damage at his position this year so he might wish to take good look around. In addition Nick offered a 4* that was committed to VT this week and the kid dex-committed the next day. He is bigger than Brown. Pruitt will turn Brown with actual help from Nick recruiting over him.

sheet happens....Forrest Gump

SteveJobs
SteveJobs

So we're going after Trenton Thompson, #1 senior not named Mitch Hyatt?  Funny how that kid dropped in rankings after committing to a school outside of the SEC. 

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

Ball & Friend , it's time they earn their keep, they are the weak links , when it comes to recruiting,  Williams and Stanley from what I seen so far clearly are the two top WR prospects in state great size and speed, Godwin the best ath in state, and get RB Tyson Williams out of SCarolina who I believe lived  in Georgia....We definitely need to upgrade in talent at Saf, OL, WR, LB and depth on the interior DL.

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD, 

How much does the ajc pay you to be a professional heckler?  What a pathetic POS you are.

12 of 13!

Classof98
Classof98

Kim kind of resembles a younger, bigger David Pollack.  I like that.  And I've got a hunch Seymour will end up on the defensive side of the ball.


I feel old.  These kids were born the year I graduated.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

It's about time that linemen became a priority for UGA.

vesaversa
vesaversa

We have watch this young man Goodwin grow over  the years  into a very good football player . He will be  a great addition to the Dawgs team . Go Callaway ,Go Dawgs 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@UWGTrainer

It just seems like we don't have any Offensive Linemen but in reality counting the 3 from the 2014 Recruits we have 18 on the team. I have never heard of half of them so I guess they arn't good enough to get off the scout team but most were at least 3 -star.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ruffdawg


If UGA signed the top 100 recruits in Georgia Randy Hall would still B I T C H !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Princess_Leia


You need to get off the wine and remember that the two blackest days in Georgia were when we started letting women vote and obtain driver's license!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


H O W   M A N Y  M E N   D O E S  I T  T A K E  TO  C L E A N   A  T O I L E T ??????

None!!!  That's women's work!!!!!!!!!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@cmac22  they should call it MY VALENTINE.......I gave my HEART to this school but the Hotter GIRL can change my mind if she can TWERK better.


Ghost13
Ghost13

@dawgs01  Didn't the sign Griffin qb sign with Kennesaw  state?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@dawgs01  CPJ will WAIT to see if TECH can get better then offer and the kid will FLIP to TECH..unless he is a REAL Military Guy.

Brainstorm
Brainstorm

@DawgByte The funniest post I have ever read in my complete history of logging this site.forget acronyms...I am spelling it out...laugh out loud!

Ghost13
Ghost13

@ruffdawg  Kids aren't hung up on position  coaches , Friend  and  Ball do what their  asked  to in recruiting. The asst. coaches  sell University 1st , and the  head  coach, if  a kid signs  with a  program because of a  position coach they are making  a mistake.Friend and Ball are  both excellent  coaches. 

DIT
DIT

@gtcaryd - If you don't like it them why the heck do tools like yourself and little johnnie continue to stay on a UGA blog? You have no life!

dawgs01
dawgs01

@Ghost13 @dawgs01 yes. he did.  their head coach has griffin ties.  they will probably be signing a lot of griffin kids that go under the radar.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DIT this is a recruiting blog about a bunch of kids not even committed to UGa.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@DIT @gtcaryd  It's like the crybabies that complain about some TV show.  ( It's too...this or that, etc.)  Guess what?  If you don't like it, don't watch!


I know, that makes way too much sense.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@Ghost13 @dawgs01 Jordan Colbert the tight end I was talking about has not committed to NC that's the Griffin Daily News for you but since I posted that he has blown up as a LB recruit.  Auburn, Clemson, UGA all are looking at him. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DIT  In case you haven't noticed I post on many Blogs not just what you think are UGa blogs. I guess you just read the Sports Page and the Comics.

DIT
DIT

@POAD2013 @NCDawg - Johnnie, go buy a life. You spend more time on a UGA blog, and yes, this blog is about the UGA RECRUITING BOARD Idiot, than any Bulldog person. What a Tool!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg it is a WISH list for the dogs but these are players on many teams wish list.

you act like this is YOUR newspaper and people have to pass you inspection to comment. Guess what? You are not IN CHARGE your opinion of posters doesn't count. Suck it up Francis. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2013 @DIT yeah recruiting blog about the Georgia Bulldogs.  The obsession continues... LOL