Posted: 11:54 am Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Notebook: ‘Go Dawgs’ at Masters, UGA updates and Nick Saban’s sweater 

By Michael Carvell

UGA’s top target at safety is at the Masters golf tournament this week.

Rashad Roundtree, who is ranked as a 5-star by Rivals, is from nearby Lakeside-Evans High School. Roundtree works in Augusta National’s pro shop as a sales assistant and stocker.

And Roundtree, with his trademark hairstyle, has been recognized by college football fans at the Masters.

5-star Rashad Roundtree (Jason Mussell)

5-star Rashad Roundtree (Jason Mussell)

“I’ve had a few random customers come up to me and say ‘Go Dawgs,’” Roundtree said with a laugh. “They told me congratulations on everything. I guess you can tell it’s me with the hair.”

This is Roundtree’s second year in a row working at the Masters. The golf club traditionally hires a lot of local high school students. Another high-profile recruit from the Augusta area, Auburn DT signee DeVonte Lambert (from Burke County High School), is also working there this week.

Roundree, who’s not a golfer, said the most famous person he has seen so far this week in the pro shop is Condoleezza Rice.

What’s the latest with recruiting? Roundtree has made visits this spring to UGA, Auburn and Duke. The most recent was with the Bulldogs last week.

“The best thing that Coach Richt told me was that I was the No. 1 safety on his list,” he said. “Auburn has said that, too. Almost all of the schools have.”

Roundtree said he doesn’t have any leaders but I would guess that UGA is the school to beat.

Here’s the rest of our top 10 list, with my opinion added:

NON-CUPCAKE GAMES WITH A PURPOSE: I always look at things from a recruiting perspective, and I never understood why former UGA athletics director Damon Evans insisted on scheduling games with Colorado, Arizona State and Oklahoma State. There was zero to gain from a recruiting standpoint. How often does UGA get kids out of Colorado, Arizona and Oklahoma? In my opinion, if you’re going to play a non-SEC opponent that isn’t a cupcake, you need to shoot for the moon (play a top 10 school for the pub) or aim for games in one of your strongest recruiting bases. So the possible UGA vs. Notre Dame series makes sense for getting into the national spotlight, although I’d say the parents of recruits rather than recruits have a better memory of Notre Dame’s glory days. But if I was current UGA AD Greg McGarity, my first look would be to the state of North Carolina, where UGA has enjoyed sustained recruiting success with guys like Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Jeb Blazevich, Uriah LeMay and Lamont Gaillard (and you can even go back to guys like Mohamed Massaquoi, Joe Cox, and even Tim Worley). College football isn’t necessarily bad in North Carolina, but there are reasons that so many out-of-state schools raid that state on an annual basis. If I was McGarity, I’d go for Duke first, UNC second, and then either N.C. State, Wake Forest or East Carolina. And if you did a home-and-home series, maybe you could convince the away game to be played in Charlotte? Next atop the list would be another Florida school after the Gators. (Note: I still cant believe McGarity agreed to this deal). Since the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is in North Florida, I’d go far south. The top choices would be either Miami (unlikely), Florida International, and Florida Atlantic. The last two schools aren’t household names but they would get you invaluable exposure in talent-loaded Miami. If none of them worked out, I’d go for South Florida or UCF (rematch of 2010 Liberty Bowl?).

BIG YEAR IN GEORGIA FOR AUBURN? Auburn could have one of its greatest recruiting efforts in the state of Georgia, if the fearless predictions of Keith Niebuhr come true. He’s the recruiting analyst for Auburn’s 247sports.com team website, and this week projected Auburn to sign 12 players from Georgia next February. The Tigers signed 10 from Georgia this past year. Here are some of Niebuhr’s 2015 predictions from Georgia: Langston Hughes DE D’Andre Walker, Mill Creek OL Kaleb Kim, Creekside WR Jayson Stanley, GAC DB Darius Slayton, Griffin DB Jordan Colbert, Sprayberry OL Bailey Sharp, Milton OL Nick Wilson and Coffee County TE Jalen Wilkerson.

THE BAMA THREAT? There is fear building among UGA fans after its top commitment for next year, 5-star WR Terry Godwin, gave rave reviews to Alabama after visiting there last weekend. He also announced he will make a return trip to the Crimson Tide on April 19. “Even though I am committed, everyone is still in it,” Godwin told TideSports.com. “Everyone is coming after me pretty hard.” Is Godwin truly shopping for another school? Or just enjoying the recruiting process? UGA can regain some momentum when Godwin attends Saturday’s G-Day scrimmage … UGA’s other 2015 commit at WR, Christian Owens, won’t be at G-Day but he’s not visiting another school. He has a prom date on Saturday at Griffin High School.

FINAL BASKETBALL RANKINGS: HoopSeen.com’s Justin Young knows Georgia’s basketball talent as well as any recruiting analyst there. Here’s his final 2014 rankings. Young has got Greater Atlanta Christian small forward Isaiah Wilkins (the nephew of Dominique Wilkins signed with UVA) bumped all the way up to the No. 2 spot, compared to No. 11 in the 247sports composite rankings. He also has Whitefield Academy small forward Eric Lockett (signed with George Mason) at No. 7 — and he’s unranked by 247.

UGA OPPORTUNITY: If you read this article about 4-star linebacker Adonis Thomas of Central Gwinnett High School, it’s easy to surmise that UGA has a lot of work to do if it wants to catch up with Alabama and (most notably) Florida — especially since his mother didn’t get to spend much time with Mark Richt during the last trip with the Bulldogs. And if it’s one thing you learn in a hurry in the recruiting world, it’s that you’ve got to win over the mothers. The good news for UGA is that Thomas was able to squeeze in a last-minute overnight trip there on Thursday during his spring break. Unfortunately, his parents weren’t able to accompany him due to their work schedules but they will likely go back for another visit at some point if the overnight trip goes well.

LB Natrez Patrick of Mays (Special)

LB Natrez Patrick of Mays (Special)

HOW TO KNOW IF UGA REALLY WANTS YOU? UGA made national headlines last week for sending hand-drawn portraits with an autographed message from Mark Richt to many of the state’s top prospects. The sketch artist, Lisa Rader, was profiled by The Red and Black’s Nick Suss. She’s a junior graphic designer who works as a student assistant in UGA’s recruiting office. Rader has drawn 12 to 15 sketches, although she couldn’t disclose names per NCAA rules. If you’re a recruit, you know for certainty that you’re a priority for UGA if you get a sketch in the mail. So we can say with certainty that Natrez Patrick, a 4-star linebacker from Mays High School, is high on UGA’s recruiting board. Here’s the sketch he got this week. What do you think?

YOU KNEW THIS WAS COMING … And isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery? It looks like Tennessee is the first school to copycat with this artwork sent to Natrez Patrick. You knew it was a matter of time, didn’t you? There’s rumors that Alabama is in negotiations to hire DreamWorks for sketches. Anyways, what do you think of Tennessee’s drawing?

TECH WAS FIRST IN LINE: Georgia Tech was the first to offer 2015 defenisve lineman G.G. Robinson, an defensive lineman from Parkview High School. He has since added offers from Georgia State and UVA. Robinson, whose father played football at Auburn, may visit Georgia Tech this weekend, per JacketsOnline.com.

2017 DE MJ Webb gets Alabama offer (Special)

2017 DE MJ Webb gets Alabama offer (Special)

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: UGA has to be glad it’s ahead of the pack with the recruitment of 2017 defensive end MJ Webb of Morgan County High School. That’s right, he’s a freshman, and the Bulldogs were the first college to offer him last weekend. On Wednesday, Webb toured Alabama for the first time, and as expected, got an offer from Nick Saban. I will write it about more on another day, but I can’t even begin to tell you how important it is for UGA and Georgia Tech to make early offers for elite in-state talent. The state produces 190 D1 prospects per year, and UGA and Georgia Tech can’t offer them all. But if a kid is clearly one of the state’s top 2-3 prospects at his position by the time he’s a high school sophomore, UGA and Georgia Tech have to offer if they want to remain in the chase, simply because there’s so much out-of-state competition. Back to Saban: You don’t see football coaches wearing non-football outfits after a practice. I like the sweater. By the way, I got a few emails about this picture of an assistant at another SEC school.

 

54 comments
DawgNole
DawgNole

MC: "NON-CUPCAKE GAMES WITH A PURPOSE: I always look at things from a recruiting perspective, and I never understood why former UGA athletics director Damon Evans insisted on scheduling games with Colorado, Arizona State and Oklahoma State. There was zero to gain from a recruiting standpoint. How often does UGA get kids out of Colorado, Arizona and Oklahoma?"

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Evans scheduled those games because he had the guts to play them, because the major-network TV $$$ would be huge, and because he wanted "spread the UGA brand." We seldom recruit from those areas--because we never play out there. Increase our exposure there and you increase recruiting potential.

More than anything, playing decent OOC competition generates respect, rankings, and interest. NOTHING is worse than paying a million bucks to garbage teams to come to our place and bend over. NOTHING!


TU
TU

How about a UT sketch of DB;s going low, i.e. Marshall and Lattimore.


HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

Which UGA alumnus gave a non-golfer a job as a sales assistant at a pro shop?

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

The Dawgs need to reach their goals this year. Top three class guaranteed with SEC Championship. Godwin will come as will many others. Time to quit pretending and start seriously contending.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Now those kids are gonna be swamped in the pro shop with fans wanting to sway them.

Billy Payne said only Georgia fans allowed. Lol

RandyHall
RandyHall

Ok...Hyatt has committed to Clemson (a given)...Warmack to AL (a given)...and if Edoga commits to TN (his fav) and Kim. Sharp and Wilson commit to AU...where does that leave Will Friend??? Time to win a NC...CMR!!!!  

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

not sweatin' Godwin...he's committed, so we have the upper hand, but he could flip...and if he does, we have other DB's in the mix...go dogs

DawginLex
DawginLex

Dillon Lee

Bama LB

DUI


Richt has no control

DTDUGA1975
DTDUGA1975

Can't get 'em all.  Besides, sure looks like some of the top guys recently were big character risks.  As for west of the Mississippi, why bother when you can bring 'em into Athens without a return trip? (UCLA and BYU a few years back.  As I recall, UCLA dropped a west coast visit from UGA - couldn't guarantee a high enough payout.)  With the strength of the SEC schedule, an annual OoC tilt with the Bugs, I'd just as soon play a home and home with Clemson, UNC, VA Tech and/or Miami.

96JB
96JB

Dawgs will ALWAYS have a good class, but with Bama,AU,Tenn and Clemson hitting this state HARD for the Cream, we'll never get say 8 of the top 10. We'll always only get 2 to 4 of them. There is just too much talent in this state.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

The Tennessee desperation is truly comical.  How embarrassing...

BigGDawg
BigGDawg

POAD,

Please, do some research before blabbing BS....trips to Tempe, Boulder and Stillwater within the past 6 years are not "crossing the Mississippi or the Mason Dixon Line?" Obviously, geography is not a Nerd's strong point. BTW, when has Tech travelled across those lines? BYU 2 years ago and bowl games notwithstanding...Oregon was cancelled because of the new conference schedules and Ohio State backed out of the series with UGA.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tennessee is a bunch copy cat redneck!

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

First post on a UGA blog is by a tech fan again?  Very weird.  I did not know tech was so obsessed with UGA.

POAD2013
POAD2013

Notre Dame's Glory days are as old and in the past as UGa's Glory YEAR.


Those OoC games you mentioned were not impressive for the most part. It is hard to schedule a top 10 team because by the time the game is played you have no idea how good most teams will be.

UGa had OREGON on the H-n-H and it was canceled.

Is uga  allergic to crossing the Mississippi or the Mason Dixon Line?


 “Even though I am committed, everyone is still in it,” Godwin told TideSports.com. “Everyone is coming after me pretty hard.” If EVERYONE is still then Kid you are NOT COMMITTED.


Adonis Thomas article didn't allow for comments that was depressing.


Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@HighTechJacket99


That would be Billy Paine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Paine new there would be a huge contingent of UGA folks at the Masters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Really? That's your shot at GA?

You don't have to be a golfer to work in a golf shop and sell shirts and merchandise. I did it in high school.

It's just another retail job. This one happens to be in a nice place.

Read the article. Local high school kids are offered these jobs at every Masters.

RandyHall
RandyHall

ColumbusDawg is correct....start wiining and that success breeds the excitement to come and play @ UGA...CMR, TIME TO WIN A NC....in the next 4 years!!  

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@RandyHall  

I think we are going to get a few this week-in. A lot of Recruits are going to the G Game.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@DawginLex


Dillon actually saved CMR/UGA  the trouble of  signing him, nurturing him and finally booting him from the UGA program.


However, that did cost UGA some points in T H E   F U L M E R    C U P   race!!!!!!!!!!!

BrownDog
BrownDog

Lex, I'd say something silly about Lee and Kamara both being from Atlanta, but that would be a break from the strict statistical standards of this board. Suffice to say that despite a strong spring that put him in line for a starting position, this is a very big Strike Two.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@DawginLex  Yeah why the heck did Richt offer this kid so late when his brother was on the team?  DUI is definitely Richt's fault because of the late offer, right Bubbatavious or Slawdawg?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@96JB


Don't forget  Florida  and Florida  State  dipping into our resources!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@96JB  You'll never get them ALL in this state. Theres just so many talented guys and other schools will get their share. Plus you can only sign 20-25 in a single class (more in other cases) but usually it's around there. But as long as we get a couple top notch guys like Lorenzo Carter who we landed then I think it'll be alright. The good thing is we keep the big time guys away from teams like Georgia Tech. Who if they started recruiting better would be a better opponent and I'd actually get excited to play them

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeyes1


You can "B O O K    I T ". The BUNGLEBEES have to look outside the North Avenue area to find A N Y T H I N G  to be obsessed with!!!!!!!!!!!


Kno whut I'm sayin?????????????????

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013


Yet UGA continues to beat the Bunglebees like a borrowed  mule!!!!!!!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Those would have been classic no doubt......The Nick Saban haters will never get over no being able to bash the guy.

HotDawg
HotDawg

It's "Payne"....and he is THE man to get things done.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Excuse me....meant to say pro shop.

RandyHall
RandyHall

C-Kirk....this needs to happen...Legge @ Dawg Post predicted that UGA would have 10-12 commits by the end of April...sitting on 6 now!!! Thanks for the update

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@96JB


South Carolina gets a good number of  Georgia recruits also!!!!!!!!!!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @BigGDawg  Boston College?! They haven't been decent since Matt Ryan ! Kansas?! Since when has Kansas been good? EVER?! Pitt and Syracuse? Pathetic. And Notre Dame is so overrated it's not even funny. The funny thing to me is you like to take shots at UGA but come back with something even worse for Georgia Tech. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @BigGDawg  You're an idiot. You wanna know why? There is only a 12 game schedule, EIGHT of which are going to be SEC teams. That leaves only 4 other possible teams we can face and one of them is (sadly) Georgia Tech who we slap every year. You play a cupcake in there somewhere which leaves 2. You can only play so many teams in a single season. We have traveled across country to play teams before (and won!) We traveled to Colorado, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, etc. Its not like we don't play big time game OOC. We played Clemson two seasons in a row. Sorry we didn't schedule Wofford or Alabama State to satisfy your hatred.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013 @THEBuckeyes1


No apology needed POAD!!!!!


This blog should be mostly for fun and being first in A N YT H I NG  should be rewarded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Snagglepuss and that is a source of pride for the mutts because that is all you have. Wow and I thought you mutt fans believe your team is Elite. What a joke you thump your chest when a team of 4-5 stars has to go to double overtime to beat a team of 2-3 stars. The other SEC fans are really impressed.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@HotDawg


Payne is T H E   M AN !!!!!!!!!!!!!


You don't know my P A I N  because  I spelled P A Y N E 'S  name as  P A I N E !!!!!!!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DawgGoneIt

Got to agree about Kansas  - they haven't been good since 2007 when they went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl. - coincidentally, the last year that UGA won a BCS Bowl. 

The season Kansas beat GT they also beat a crappy Colorado team that had only beaten UGA by 2 points.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DawgGoneIt

UT has played 3 road games against PAC-12 teams in the last 7 seasons (Cal 2007, UCLA 2008 Oregon 2013).  Since 2000 they have also had road games at Miami and at ND (2x in South Bend).  Just a little more notable than playing in Tempe, Boulder or Stillwater.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  And since you like to talk about our schedule and how "soft" it is...we are the only team in the SEC (like last season) that will start the season off facing two top 10 teams (Clemson, South Carolina) and SC will be on the road! UGA faces a tough schedule every single year. Of course there's a cupcake game in there somewhere, EVERY TEAM has them! We play 3 teams this season that don't have much of a chance to beat us and that's Troy, Charleston Southern, and Georgia Tech. The rest should be highly competitive games.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013 @DawgGoneIt  The only notable game so far I can think of where Tennessee traveled was @ Oregon last season. They do travel to face Oklahoma this season. The thing is we actually had schedule to play both Oregon and Ohio State but like my man up top said, we had to cancel the Oregon series because of new conference scheduling and Ohio State backed out of the series with Georgia. Read about it. It wasn't because UGA is afraid, I can guarantee you that.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013 @Snagglepuss



But.....but.....but   UGA   had to play the whole game with a virtually inexperienced QB who brought the Dawgs back from a 20 point deficiency.


It was beautiful to watch Gurley, injury and all, lope into the end zone!!!!!!!


KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Yes I have the balls and you know it! Not yourself but the Dawgs hate Saban because he actually wins things. That bothers those folks that don't but that is normal.