Updated list of Georgia Bulldogs targets on national signing day 2015.
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UGA’s Big Board for 2015

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UGA COMMITS FOR 2015

  • **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.
  • Pat Allen, OL, 6-4, 285, Reistertown (Md.) Franklin (UGA again): It was a roller-coaster journey for Allen, who committed to UGA twice. He backed off the first time because UGA offensive line coach Will Friend left for Colorado State, but got won over by Friend’s replacement (Rob Sale).
  • **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.
  • 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?
  • Kirby Choates, DB, 6-0, 190, Tri-Cities: Got an offer on signing day after UGA missed on other targets, picking the Bulldogs over Georgia Southern, UMass and Tennessee State.
  • Tae Crowder, RB. 6-3, 220, Harris County: After longtime RB commit Chris Carson flipped to Oklahoma State, UGA made an offer over the phone to Crowder (who has never been to Athens) and he flipped from Georgia Southern by the end of the conversation.
  • 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.
  • DaQuan Hawkins, DT, 6-4, 285, Westlake: Picked UGA over Missouri and Auburn on signing day, although he never visited latter two schools.
  • **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.
  • Rico McGraw, DB, 6-0, 190, Nashville, Tenn.: 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 won because Jeremy Pruitt never stopped recruiting him.
  • **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.
Future UGA teammates Chauncey Rivers (left) and Jonathan Ledbetter. Both flipped to UGA from other SEC schools (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Future UGA teammates Chauncey Rivers (left) and Jonathan Ledbetter. Both flipped to UGA from other SEC schools (AJC/Michael Carvell)

  • 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 Rivals.com.
  • 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, 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: Ranked No. 1 overall recruit in the country by 247Sports and no lower than No. 7 overall by any of the major recruiting services.
  • 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.
  • **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.
  • Shaquery Wilson, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami, Fla.: He flipped from UGA to West Virginia, back to UGA.
  • 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

UGA’S DE-COMMITS FROM 2015 CLASS

  • Pat Allen, OL, 6-4, 285, Reistertown (Md.) Franklin (UGA again): This de-commitment was connected to the departure of UGA’s offensive line coach, Will Friend. But he picked the Bulldogs again on signing day over Tennessee.
  • Chris Carson, RB, 6-1, 210, Butler (Kansas) junior college (signed with Oklahoma State): Oklahoma State got involved only a few weeks before signing day and successfully flipped UGA’s lone signee at running back for this year’s class. Carson prepped at Parkview High School.
  • Rico McGraw, DB, 6-0, 190, Nashville, Tenn (UGA again): 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. He did the rare triple flip, signing with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
  • Van Jefferson, WR, 6-2, 170, Brentwood, Tenn ( signed with 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. But the drama might not be over — Jefferson took an official visit to Michigan on the final weekend before signing day and there are rumors he could flip again. He signed with Ole Miss.
  • Christian Owens, WR, 6-5, 200, Griffin (signed with 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).
  • Darius Slayton, WR-DB, 6-2, 180, Greater Atlanta Christian (signed with Auburn): Slayton flipped from UGA to Auburn on the eve of signing day due family connections, along with Auburn’s promise to let him play wide receiver rather than DB.
  • Quincy Vasser, DE, 6-4, 240, Navarro (Texas) junior college (signed with 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.
  • Deontai Williams, DB, 6-0, 175, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy (Signed with Ohio): Williams flipped from Florida to UGA on Dawg Night weekend, and was one of signing day’s biggest surprises — announced as an Ohio University signee.
  • Shaquery Wilson, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami, Fla. (committed to UGA again): He flipped from UGA to West Virginia, back to UGA on signing day.

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. He started classes at UGA in January.
  • Tae Crowder, RB. 6-3, 220, Harris County: Flipped from Georgia Southern after getting an offer two days before signing day.
  • 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.
  • Rico McGraw, DB, 6-0, 190, Nashville, Tenn: From UGA to Alabama, back to UGA.
  • Chauncey Rivers, DE, 6-3, 225, Stephenson: He switched from South Carolina to UGA last year as a junior.
  • Jarvis Wilson, DB, 6-2, 197, Tupelo, Miss. He switched from Mississippi State to UGA.
  • Shaquery Wilson, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami, Fla.: He flipped from UGA to West Virginia, back 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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