Posted: 10:29 am Saturday, July 5th, 2014

July 4 fireworks in football recruiting 

By Michael Carvell

There was an unusual amount of fireworks in the recruiting world over the July 4 weekend.

Here’s the latest:

The state of Georgia produced lackluster crops of offensive linemen prospects over the last two years, but the 2015 class is spectacular. Another one is headed out of state after Milton High School’s Nick Wilson committed to Stanford over Duke, while also considering UNC, Auburn and Florida State. What made Wilson turn down ACC and SEC football utopia for Stanford? “I would explain it that Stanford has the same exact kids as I’m looking for — They are a lot like me,” he said. “When I visited there, I got to hang out with some of the kids for a while. They have the same kind of personality. They like the same things as me. That was really unique from all of the other schools. So I really liked the locker room environment and the coaches. Stanford is just a special and unique place that you can’t really find anywhere else in the country.” Wilson went ahead and committed for two reasons: He said he improved his already outstanding SAT score to pretty much assure his admission to Stanford, and he’s aware that spots are filling up at colleges with the rush of summer commitments. I’ve always felt like that if Stanford could promise early admission to as many prospects as other colleges, the Cardinal would finish with a top five recruiting class every year. Wilson is rated as the state’s No. 31 overall prospect.

Flips are very common in recruiting these days. We researched it a couple of years ago, and nearly a third of the Georgia’s D1 prospects switched their college decision at least once. And before you blame the kids, don’t. Most of the time is the fault of college coaches who pressure kids into committing early by saying things like “We’ve offered two middle linebackers, and we’re only signing one. We prefer you, but the other guy wants to commit now. What do you want to do?” Anyways, this is a long way of me telling you that Quentez Johnson, a 3-star defensive tackle from Cedar Grove High School, committed to N.C. State over Tennessee. He had originally committed to Miami but backed off that because he felt like he rushed his decision.

Check back for more updates as they happen over the weekend

30 comments
ThomasD
ThomasD

@Ckirk you are, by far, the exception with your classwork at uga. My daughter does not go there as she chose something a bit more challenging but her friends that are there now don't do a third of work my daughter has to. Even the parents of some of her friends are stunned at the rep uga has somehow developed (hint, hint...Ga Lottery) by the lack of school work their uga kids have to do to get by. uga isn't admitting only the brightest these days. It's a sham.

ThomasD
ThomasD

Let's see...Athens, Ga or Palo Alto, Ca? A ugag diploma or a Stanford diploma, if it a diploma ever gets in the picture. You gag'ers see the conumdrum?

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

I think Richt has never really focused on OL. He usually gets a four star every class and occasionally a five star but does not broadly recruit high level OL. I think it will be glaring this year.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

What made Wilson turndown ACC and SEC football utopia for Stanford? “I would explain it that Stanford has the same exact kids as I'm looking for — They are a lot like me,” he said. “When I visited there, I got to hang out with some of the kids for a while. They have the same kind of personality. They like the same things as me.

I guess Nick Wilson don't take much shine to big guns and big trucks... the little guy with a G on his chest... is a future 2016 dawg OT...

https://twitter.com/MichaelRitcey/status/485282642540392448

Best of luck to Nick Wilson at Stanford... it's always refreshing to fulfill your dream and to be able complete  your vision for your life... well done!

"BELIEVE" in the G

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

Another offensive lineman going out of state.  How many does it take Richt until you fire Friend?  Gosh....another Willie Martinez wait.

Adamsran
Adamsran

Superb answer from a bright young man.  Congrats!  Good luck at Stanford!


Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

If your choices include Stanford, how can you go wrong.  They have a great reputation for helping their graduates get the job offers that others only dream about.  If it can't be UGA, I say nice going Nick.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

Good luck in Palo Alto...not a bad gig...go dogs

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I have been very critical of Colleges lowering their Academic requirements to take in Football  players that have no business going to College and should be in a Rookie camp financed by the NFL. The way it is set up the 90 % of ALL college players that will not eventually get a shot at Pro Ball end up with a degree and are better off than where they came from and it saves the NFL a ton of money letting the Colleges weed out the ones that can't cut it.

Even though the average student at  Colleges like Georgia, large public School, have Freshmen that come in with at least 1250 on the SAT and a 3.8 GPA they have a lot of JUCO  transfers that bring the average intellect way down and a more party friendly atmosphere where you can get a degree without studying more than a few hours a day.

Not so much at a College like Harvard, or any of the Ivy League School,  Duke, Georgia Tech and Stanford where you not only have to study a lot more but the average student loves doing exactly that because they are there to improve their intelligence . I'm sure there are a lot more deserving College   in this category. Even the Football players have to study a lot and the difference in intellect is very obvious if you compare  a NORMAL  conversation with players or especially  the students of one of these top Academic School with your average Large Public College players or student. 

When a College like Stanford steals a great player his degree is more important than his Football status. The average NFL player will be out of Football in 3 to 5 years and then have  to get a real job . Stanford would be my top choice of a College other  than Georgia because they play in the PAC-12 which is the second best Conference in the Country only behind the SEC.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

I can't imagine CMR  telling a recruit that  we offered 2 and we will sign only one and the other guy  wants to commit now   U N L E S S   it is precisely true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Dawg-Gawn

Who is he. He has two more years to grow. Just how big is he now? Reminds me of the way I was raised in South Georgia. I would like to hang out with these guys for 10 minutes to see if they were taught proper etiquette. 

A picture like this go's a lot deeper than you think. Good to know that Texas is not the only State that is preserving our rights. 

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@Charlestondog 2012 AND  2013 we set school records for offense .Even with all the  skill position injuries in 2013 they still set  records. You don't  have to be  real football savvy(obviously you're not) to realize you can't  accomplish that without  someone  blocking. Georgia had the  #7 nationally ranked  O line  class in 2014. Get  a  clue.




gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Quackmeyer Your unbiased posts can be down right nauseating at times.....Bas#$$#.

caneowar
caneowar

@C-Kirk 


C-Kirk I actually like Stamford and think the kid made a good decision. However you can't really be that naïve. Of course Stanford accepts athletes that aren't quite as intelligent, as the average student. GT does as well. All schools have classes that cater to the lower SAT athletes. The IVY league may be the exception, but I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Those 85 scholly football players will bring in more money and as much joy to the fans/grads/etc as any of the 85 top students. Nothing like a fall Saturday at your favorite campus for a football game.  85 students and more than 50% of them have no problem getting into most any school.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

you might want to run that by Jermey Pruitt 1st. There is a new sheriff in town handling recruiting at UGA.

RandyHall
RandyHall

@Dawgilama @Charlestondog  Lama....but UGA could / would be so much better...not one of UGA' s OL did not even sniff the Top 3 All SEC Teams...and the (3) senior OL: Lee, Gates, nor Burnette were even invited to a combine or drafted by a NFL Team....Friend is a poor recruiter and poor teacher!!!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

You made my point. College is not meant to establish entertainment , it is to advance a students knowledge to help them become productive members of society as adults. I disagree that half could qualify at most schools . Georgia standards are normal for a four year Division 1 College and if you didn't have at least a 3.8 average in High School the only way you will get into Georgia is transfer as a Junior after graduating from a Junior College. 

When my son went to Georgia a few years ago you had to make around 1200 on the SAT and the average student being accepted had a 3.8 average. 14,400 kids applied and Georgia accepted around 4500. Their were thousand rejected with a 3.2 average and above. 

Now the standards are a lot lower for Division 2 and 3 Schools. Maybe your 50% could fit in there but I would be willing to bet that no more than 10 % of the current group on Scholarship in Division 1 would be accepted. You have to realize that dozens of majors were created that just  a few years ago were only  offered  at Vocational School so the less inclined intellectually would have a major they could pass. 

I went to Georgia and I know how hard real curriculum are . Even though I made good grades I could not maintain even a B average in Premed and ended up with a Business degree  that also made me work my butt off. 

Most of the current Football players in Division 1 would think they are taking a foreign language if they took half the courses I took.   

Jack5150
Jack5150

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie If your sports teams bring in more than your ENDOWMENT then maybe you picked the wrong school. The 85 top students should make more money for you school than 85 football players.

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  No Sir, I assure you coach Mark Richt, like him or not, carefully patrols the moral fiber of the University of Georgia Football program.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@RandyHall @Dawgilama @Charlestondog So far  from reality, Byrnette  was 2nd  team all SEC  as  a junior  and  played hurt most of  2013. Gates  and LEE  both improved  dramatically under  Friend. All signed  free agent  contracts , none  were  WF  recruits. Again Georgia had #7 Oline  recruiting  class in 2014. WF isn't  solely responsible  for O line  recruiting, if  you think that you're  very naive. 

Railroadtracgang
Railroadtracgang

Not sure the situation is quite that bad. They have some very solid linement ready to roll this year. Kolton Houston will be better. Last year was the first year back in 2 years or more. Theus should be up aswell. Center position is above average. I agree he isnt a top notch recruiter at all but they blocked well most of the time last year. The defense gave up most of the games. Not to mention the freshmen tailbacks who were asked to find the blitzer were not ready for that.