Posted: 11:54 pm Thursday, February 13th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA COMMITS FOR 2015
- Dandre Baker, CB, 5-11, 175, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern: Not much is known about Baker at this point other than he’s from talent-rich Miami and UGA moved on him rather quickly. Baker has been picked for the Army All-America Bowl.
- Terry Godwin, ATH, 6-0, 160, Callaway: He’s already ranked as a 5-star prospect and was one of the state’s top dual-threat prospects last season as a junior. He picked UGA over Auburn. Goodwin will play WR in college but could also get a look at DB and as a returner on special teams. Godwin has some UGA fans worried after multiple visits to Alabama and Auburn this spring and summer, but UGA may have sealed the deal when his sister was both offered and accepted a last-minute scholarship offer to play basketball for the Bulldogs.
- Sage Hardin, OL, 6-6, 260, Marist: After struggling mightily with recruiting elite offensive linemen, UGA had a change in luck by beating out UVA, Tennessee, Miami and Georgia Tech for the 3-star. Hardin earned the Bulldogs offer a week earlier at summer camp. “With Sage, it’s a guy that wants to be at Georgia,” said 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell. “He’s dreamed about playing there … you’re getting an athletic and long-framed 6-7 kid that you know can handle anything academically coming from Marist.”
- 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. “Also, you have a huge body at the end of the line of scrimmage and that’s big… As you can see in the NFL, you can’t have enough of those targets in the red zone.” Harris never got an offer from Tennessee, but that may have had to do with the offensive scheme.
- Gilbert Johnson, WR, 6-2, 190, Miami Homestead: Johnson signed with UGA in 2014, but failed to academically qualify. He has signed with Georgia Prep Sports Academy and will spend fall there working on his ACT. Both Johnson and his new coach said he’s still committed to UGA and that the Bulldogs plan to bring him in there in January, pending his ACT scores. Johnson went to 2014 Dawg Night and worked out for UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball.
- Gary McCrae, ATH, 6-2, 215, Randolph-Clay: Sometime when you see a great athlete and you don’t know exactly what position he’ll play, you just go ahead and sign him anyways and just figure it out after he gets to college. That’s what happened between McCrae and UGA. He plays quarterback in high school but could play as many as five different positions for the Bulldogs, including defensive end and linebacker. McCrae grew up as a UGA fan due to his hometown hero, former UGA linebacker Thomas Davis. McCrae admits he would’ve committed to Auburn if it had offered before the Bulldogs. McCrae has to improve his test scores to qualify.
- Rico McGraw, S, 6-0, 190, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth: McGraw said he had been waiting from UGA for an offer for “a long time,” and committed to the Bulldogs one day after finally getting one. Don’t expect Tennessee to give up on McGraw. He’s ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect for 2015 out of Tennessee.
- Christian Owens, WR, 6-5, 200, Griffin: Big possession-type WR helped his high school win Class AAAA state championship as a junior. Owens committed to UGA over Vanderbilt at the 2013 G-Day game. Owens got offers from Auburn and Tennessee in the spring. His Grffin teammate and cousin, Jordan Colbert, committed to Auburn. The two often talk about playing for the same college.
- 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, while also considering Alabama and Ole Miss. Depending on how his body develops, Patrick could play outside linebacker or defensive end in college.
- Chauncey Rivers, DE, 6-3, 225, Stephenson: UGA flipped a kid who had been committed to South Carolina last summer. Rivers called UGA “his dream school” and says every kid who grows up in Georgia wants UGA offer.
- 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. The younger Seymour is very raw and undeveloped but has a high ceiling of potential. The original plan for Seymour has been changed.
- Juwan Taylor, LB, 6-2, 200, Hallandale Beach (Fla.): Give UGA some credit for scouting and evaluation with Taylor. He was virtually unknown and held only an offer from Western Kentucky when the Bulldogs were his first big offer in May. That early belief was rewarded when Taylor committed less than a month later over Clemson and LSU, among his 10 offers. It will be interesting to see if Miami or Florida State get involved. Taylor is projected to play inside linebacker at UGA.
- Quincy Vasser, DE, 6-4, 240, Navarro (Texas) junior college: This commit went down a little differently than the others. Much differently. Vasser got an offer from UGA assistant Kevin Sherrer and accepted it within a couple of days. However, Vasser had never been to UGA, never been scouted in person by the Bulldogs, and never talked to Mark Richt either on the phone or in person. Maybe UGA is doing things a little differently? Vasser went on an official visit to UGA for Dawg Night in late July.
- 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. He will play safety for the Bulldogs.
- Shaquery Wilson, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami (Fla.): Wilson committed to UGA at Dawg Night, picking the Bulldogs over Louisville and Miami. He can play multiple positions in college, but is being recruited to play DB by UGA.
- Justin Young, DT, 6-3, 255, Grayson: A month after getting an offer from UGA, Young committed to the Bulldogs over Clemson and Marshall. It was a big recruiting win for UGA in Gwinnett County, which is considered “the SEC of high school football in Georgia” – and an area where the Bulldogs have struggled to consistently nab elite recruits in recent years. Young is from the same high school at Robert Nkemdiche. Young projects to play defensive line in college, but says he was recruited to play defensive end.
*TOP UGA TARGETS FOR 2015
- Trenton Thompson, DT, 6-4, 290, Westover (undecided): He’s ranked as a 5-star and the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect by Rivals.com. He’s very raw but has freakish talent. Thompson admitted that he almost committed twice to UGA as a sophomore. He has always listed the Bulldogs as his leader, with Auburn being the biggest threat.
- 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. He got a personal tour of UGA’s campus from Mark Richt in January. Richt also signed a pretty neat picture of Roquan that you can see here. 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.
- Jonathan Ledbetter, DL, 6-4, 265, Tucker (committed to Alabama): The biggest rumor leading up to Dawg Night was that Ledbetter would flip from Alabama to UGA but it never happened. But the good news for UGA is that Ledbetter did show up at the camp. There’s also an interesting twist: Ledbetter’s older brother, Joe Ledbetter, is a former Tucker tight end who spent the last two years playing Div. II football. He wants to return to football and worked out at Dawg Night. Joe wants to play at either Alabama or UGA, and has already been accepted at Alabama.
- 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.
- Darius Slayton, WR, 6-2, 180, Greater Atlanta Christian (undecided): Auburn may be the school to beat, but UGA is making a charge. Slayton let UGA he was sincerely interested by working out at Dawg Night.
- Jayson Stanley, WR, 6-3, 200, Creekside (undecided): He was the best overall player at the RisingSeniors.com game. And, as expected, his recruiting has blown up ever since. Stanley hasn’t named any leaders but this is expected to be a UGA-Auburn battle.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adonis Thomas, ATH, 6-4, 215, Central Gwinnett (undecided): UGA may have waited too late to offer Thomas, who will decide between Florida (frontrunner) and Alabama in August.
- Mekhi Brown, DE, 6-6, 230, Carver-Columbus (committed to Alabama): UGA appears to be a longshot but Brown tweeted that he will take five official visits. The Bulldogs will likely get one, although it appears to be a waste of time by the Bulldogs.
- 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.
* This list will radically change throughout the spring.
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