Posted: 12:28 pm Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Notebook: UGA’s football recruits on display at national all-star camp 

By Michael Carvell

UGA has five 2015 commitments participating in The Opening, an all-star camp which features 162 of the nation’s top college football prospects.

The six-day event kicks off Saturday at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. There’s four days of competition, including SPARQ testing, a 7-on-7 tournament and a linemen challenge.

If UGA DE commit Chauncey Rivers continues to dominate camps, could he rise to a 5-star? (12thmanpromotions)

If UGA DE commit Chauncey Rivers continues to dominate camps, could he rise to a 5-star? (12thmanpromotions)

Sixteen of Georgia’s top high school football players are competing in The Opening, including Stephenson defensive end Chauncey Rivers, Callaway athlete Terry Godwin, and Mays linebacker Natrez Patrick. The two other UGA connections are safety Rico McGraw of Nashville and tight end Jackson Harris of Columbia, Tenn.

Georgia Tech does not have any current commits at The Opening, but the Yellow Jackets are actively pursuing several participants.

From a recruiting standpoint, the main attraction of The Opening is to watch elite prospects go head-to-head in drills for ranking purposes. This is the last best opportunity to formulate opinions on where a prospect fits in the national rankings until the senior all-star games in December and January.

For each prospect, the goal next week will be to perform as best as possible (in order to move up in the rankings, if they care), while also avoiding an injury which would cause them to miss participation in their senior year of football.

Here’s the Georgia representatives:

  • Austin Bryant, DL, Thomas Co. Central (Clemson, FSU, Auburn)
  • Montrell Custis, DB, Lovejoy (Alabama commit)
  • Chuma Edoga, OL, McEachern (USC commit)
  • Terry Godwin, WR, Callaway (UGA commit)
  • Taj Griffin, RB, McEachern (Oregon commit)
  • Mitch Hyatt, OL, North Gwinnett (Clemson commit)
  • Jonathan Ledbetter, DL, Tucker (Alabama commit)
  • Natrez Patrick, DE, Mays (UGA commit)
  • Chauncey Rivers, DE, Stephenson (UGA commit)
  • Quarte Sapp, LB, Milton (Tennessee and UNC)
  • Duke Shelley, DB, Tucker (Clemson, Tennessee and Wisconsin)
  • Darius Slayton, DB, GAC (Auburn and UGA)
  • Roquan Smith, LB, Macon County (UGA, Auburn, Florida)
  • Adonis Thomas, LB, Central Gwinnett (Florida and Alabama)
  • Dallas Warmack, OL, Mays (Alabama commit)
  • Preston Williams, WR, Lovejoy (Tennessee commit)

Note: For players not committed, the schools listed above are the ones listed as their favorites in the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, and not necessarily the ones mentioned specifically by the players.

UGA's Raymond Fulcher

UGA’s Raymond Fulcher

PROSPECT WATCH: If a couple of things had gone differently, Ray Fulcher might be helping UGA’s football and recruiting efforts rather than chasing his country music dreams in Nashville. Fulcher, 28, worked as a student assistant and equipment manager six years at UGA while earning his undergrad and master’s degrees in education. A few years ago, Fulcher turned down the opportunity to return to his alma mater of Harlem High School as a football coach to pursue a job in UGA’s football operations. “I ended up not getting the Georgia job,” Fulcher said. “I thought long and hard about it. I prayed about it. Music was always something in the back of my mind. I knew it was something that I always wanted to try full-time, so I decided to pursue it when those other two things fell through.” Fulcher recently relocated to Nashville, and has opened up for Craig Morgan, Lee Brice, and the Marshall Tucker Band, among others. And he’s a die-hard follower of UGA football and recruiting. How much so? “I’m in the process of setting up a Fall tour,” he said. “I circled every Saturday on the calendar that Georgia was playing out of town. And the very first thing I told my booking agent was to try book me in places near the games, and to book me on Fridays instead of Saturdays so I can try to be at those games or watch them on television. I know this is my job, but I’ve got to try to find a way to watch Georgia, no matter what.” Fulcher said he learned a lot of valuable lessons from his UGA days that he’s carried over into his music aspirations. “Coach Richt always stressed that if you do things the right way without any shortcuts, good things will happen. I’ve seen that happen in my music career already.” For more info, go to raymondfulcher.com or follow @callme_raymond on Twitter.

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80 comments
RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

Well it looks like Red-Dog is giving the name RED DOG a bad name tonight. I'm quite sure Red-Dog is just a childish little fella that liked my name so much he felt he should just be me. The pesky little critter has taken my name for what seems like about a month now...........never mind I've been posting on AJC sites regarding Georgia Football from somewhere around 2005............Oh well, yes I know it is an honor of sorts to have people want to be you, that is me.............RED DOG............but why in the name of sanity does this joker go right ahead and do it...........Good Greif, Oh well I suppose it's a "stage" the little fella is going through and he'll be gone before long..............Oh yeh, and the nasty little comment he made about the 77 after my name, that was the year I finally graduated from the University Of Georgia..............It took me a little over five years because unlike the other Red-Dog I had to work to put myself through school........ I can assure you all Red-Dog didn't even sniff college much less graduate high school.............  I'll be back Saturday to see what trouble you've gotten us in Red-Dog............Best Regards, RED DOG

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Depart from scrutiny and rejoice in all that it is to be a UGA fan.


Better than Tech.
Smarter than Tennessee.
Not Alabama.
Everything Auburn wishes it was
and South Carolina's biggest Nightmare!

Your future 2014 SEC Champion Georgia Bulldawgs!!!!

*****Happy 4th of July!!!*****

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

The truth about recruiting... everything a top recruit needs to know before making that important decision

Georgia coach Mark Richt, not Saban, has produced the most impactful NFL talent over the last five years. According to Nationalfootballpost.com, Bulldog products have made 205 starts in the NFL since 2009. That’s the most of any team in the nation and 17 more than second-place Alabama. Southern Cal (179), Florida (162) and Wisconsin (160) and LSU (160) also are sending their fair share to the pros.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Which-colleges-produce-the-most-NFL-talent.html

"BELIEVE" in the G

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Mitch Hyatt, OL, North Gwinnett (Clemson commit)


Mitch will flip when the Dawgs snuff Clemson by 52 points between the hedges here in a few months.


I have this on good authority.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

If UGA DE commit Chauncey Rivers continues to dominate camps, could he rise to a 5-star?


If he was a Bama commit, he would already be a 5 star and would move to a 6 star.

TU
TU

Temps will be in the 80's but not too humid. I think Jimi Hendrix is from Beaverton.


Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Possible Dawg flips 80% and higher chance IMO...

  • Mitch Hyatt, OL, North Gwinnett (Clemson commit)

  • Darius Slayton, DB, GAC (Auburn and UGA)

  • Roquan Smith, LB, Macon County (UGA, Auburn, Florida)

  • Chuma Edoga, OL, McEachern (USC commit)





    "Guess there's a Slim Shady in all of us
    Frick it, let's all stand up."



SlawDawg
SlawDawg

If you miss seeing the thUGA recruits on display at the National All Star Camp, just check the mug-shot section of your local sheriff's office.......most of them will be there too.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Once you become a 5 star, the players then shoot for the 8 star level.  Scout.com promises that all 8 star recruits are now invisible and can attend multiple schools at the same time.

greenedefense
greenedefense

@GTBob …you are right about Tech never being a popular destination for elite recruits. Tech is sort of like North Carolina and North Carolina State in terms of elite recruits.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

It's now official.... a new UGA coach has been hired as the Associate Director of Player Personnel Sam Petitto a former assitant coach from Southern Louisiana University who will assist the newly hired Director of Player Personnel Ronnie Letson...

"BELIEVE" in the G

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Chauncey Rivers is a beast. Totally expect him to be bumped up to 5 star status by the time he (hopefully) signs with UGA.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Red-Dog You didn't mention Vandy, you might want to concentrate on them this year.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Dawg-Gawn

I wonder how many Recruits  know that from the Coaches. Probably none. That is an extremely important stat. that should be used often. Maybe then we would get the Depth that these other Schools who have won SEC Championships and National Championship are getting because their Recruiting tactic is convincing them to go to their School and Georgia doesn't counter with anything. We have barely lost some big Recruits the last 5 years that would have made a huge difference and I bet none of them knew that we get our NFL talent ready to start in the NFL faster than any other School. 

If I was a Georgia Coach I would use that information constantly.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Alabama has many more 1st round selections.....and trophies as well. It's documented. 1980.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Red-Dog 


Please name that "good authority." Did God tell you, or did the almighty work through his heaven to earth channel, Dawn-Gawn, to get you the message of Mitch's deliverance from Clemson evil?   

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Red-Dog You couldn't play them 5 times and beat them by 52, is that one of those bong mask?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@midtowncowboy 


If he was an Alabama commit......Florida commit.....Auburn commit.....Clemson commit.....South Carolina commit......Georgia Tech commit he would be____________________________________

                                                                                         (add your own biased comment here). 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Red-Dog 


Better hope Bama wins in the recruiting race for Adonis Thomas then.  If Florida wins that battle, I would expect Smith to follow him to Gainesville and be book end LBs there.  But for Muschamp and Florida, a lot rides on how this season goes.  If Florida makes a big comeback, a lot of big time recruits will be headed there.  A lot are just waiting to see how the Gators season is going to go.   

Jack5150
Jack5150

@Red-Dog EDOGA and HYATT are not going to flip to the MUTTS.

Hyatt family ties to Clemson too strong

Edoga is too smart and wants an education he can't get at UGa

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@Red-Dog Do you get your meth from 350 or do you cook it yourself? I have always heard it makes you paranoid, but now I see it makes you delusional.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Red-Dog It's not a flip if they have not committed to a particular school is it?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@SlawDawg  (aka  GED School Dropout)


Actually some have been seen on campus at LSU, BARN, Bama and Louisville

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@gtcaryd @Red-Dog 


Vandy won't be a significant problem now that 1) Coach Franklin is gone,  2) They won a Baseball NC and  3) They always have a competitive Basketball team!!!


Back to the Pre-Franklin years for Vandy Football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red-Dog
Red-Dog


Put that on an Excel sheet and submit it in on the next TPS report.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@C-Kirk


I don't think Dawg-Gawn mentioned anything in his post that the Georgia coaches do not mention over and over again to every recruit they actively pursue.  But winning championships in college trumps playing in the NFL for high school recruits.  But most like both, and Bama, LSU, Auburn, Florida State, and Florida can speak more clearly to recruits in those two areas.  Add academics to the three pronged recruiting equation, and Bama and Florida jump off the page to recruits.   Georgia would do well with a two pronged approach of academics and the NFL for recruits.....at the moment, and I am sure the Georgia coaches push both, along with a great college environment and college town, in a big way.  

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

What is proves is Richt had lots of talent and doesn't have a lot to show from it!

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Read and weep....

It is interesting that Alabama does not appear on the “most efficient” list for any round. Georgia and Florida are the only colleges to appear three times in the most efficient column. Are Alabama players “overdrafted”? This at least raises the issue.

"BELIEVE" in the G

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@gtcaryd 

NC = Tchotcke... and usually reserved for those who fill the need to brag... see Talibammers...

"BELIEVE" in the G

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@gtcaryd @Red-Dog 


I recall Climpson  got destroyed by about a zillion points a couple of years ago but promptly fired their DC so eating Climp by 52 points may be stretching it!!!! I would settle for any score so long as UGA wins the game, even 52 - 50 but I certainly don't want our D to allow that many points to  A N Y    T E A M, especially Oklahoma or BARN!!!!!!!!!!! 

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 

Richt's UGA players are showing out in the NFL because they have been taught about character "the Georgia Way"... Mark Richt's trophies are alive and well living the good life in the NFL and will be bearing much fruit throughout their career's after the NFL... who needs a man made trophy just sitting in a showcase producing absolutely nothing... it's Thoctcke (junk)

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TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg-Gawn.....


You saying something positive about Florida.  Now, I am starting to believe in miracles like you.  Praise Jesus! 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg-Gawn 


Like you would not be on here quoting Bible verses to support God's favoritism of Georgia if the Dawgs had won 3 recent national titles and a ton of them over the years.....like those "......bammers" have.


By the way, comparing Bama fans to the Taliban is just highly inappropriate in my mind.....and insensitive to boot.  A lot of American fighting men and women have died at those sick people's hands....and a lot of innocent people as well.   So, I would suggest dropping that sick play on words from your posting language.     

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg-Gawn ]


Former Georgia players are obviously getting coached up in the NFL.  Not as much in college when thinking about winning championships in recent memory.  Playing in the NFL and winning college championships are both very important to today's recruits.  And some actually care about academics as well. So, maybe recruits should focus more on the package deal of academics first, winning championships in college second, and playing and possibly starting some day in the NFL third; as most who play college football never play much less start in the NFL, including those who sign with recent  national champions Florida, Alabama, FSU, Auburn, and LSU.  And those who have not won recent national titles, including Georgia, Clemson, and South Carolina.        

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Jack5150 @gtcaryd 


You ask too many questions for us to think you are in the "Genius" category!!!!!

I'm thinking "GED  Dropout"  would be a more applicable description!!!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg-Gawn


Who needs that NC trophy?  Well, certainly not Georgia, recently speaking for sure.  This argument sounds very silly there, Dawg-Gawn.  Almost as silly as quoting Bible verses on a sports blog. But not as silly bad a talking politics on a sports blog, which I have sinfully done too much of in recent history.  LOL....though....with your "winning NC trophies" as junk approach to recruiting.  I am sure the Georgia coaches are going to jump on that one big time.   

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@gtcaryd

You failed... put the hat on and proceed to the nearest corner.

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