Posted: 2:23 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Recap of historic 2014 Dawg Night in pictures 

By Michael Carvell

Here’s an updated recap of Dawg Night, UGA’s biggest recruiting event of the year (they got four commitments), through the lens of the AJC’s Michael Carvell:

Postcard Pic: Mark Richt leads prospects in prayer at start of Dawg Night

Postcard Pic: Mark Richt leads prospects in prayer at start of Dawg Night

UGA 5-star commit Terry Godwin with his sister, who recently committed to the Bulldogs on a basketball scholarship

UGA 5-star commit Terry Godwin with his sister, who recently committed to the Bulldogs on a basketball scholarship. Package deal? My guess is … absolutely yes. I think it sealed the deal for Terry, who has been flirting with Alabama and Auburn.

5-star DT Trenton Thompson, ranked as the nation's No. 2 overall prospect for 2015, puts his arm around a UGA assistant

5-star DT Trenton Thompson, ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect for 2015, puts his arm around a UGA assistant. Thompson admitted that he almost committed twice to UGA last year, and he still lists the Bulldogs as his leader. Many feel that UGA’s top competitor is none other than former Bulldogs defensive line coach Rodney Garner, who is now at Auburn.

2016 QB Jacob Eason was the buzz of Dawg Night, traveling all the way from the state of Washington to perform under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (right). Eason is UGA's top target at QB

2016 QB Jacob Eason was the buzz of Dawg Night, traveling all the way from the state of Washington to perform under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (right). The 6-foot-5 Eason might have had the strongest arm on UGA’s practice fields since a kid from Texas named Stafford. Eason committed to the Bulldogs on Saturday night, becoming UGA’s most celebrated QB recruit since … Stafford, ranked as the nation’s No. 6 overall prospect in 2006. Eason sits at 14 for 2016.

Meanwhile, on defense, DB Micah Abernathy (left) of Greater Atlanta Christian drew a lot of attention from UGA's coaches. He's uncommitted

Meanwhile, DB Micah Abernathy (left) of Greater Atlanta Christian drew a lot of personal attention from UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt throughout the night. Abernathy is uncommitted

UGA has 15 commits for 2015, including DE Quincy Vasser of Navarro junior college. Vasser is taking an official visit to UGA this weekend, marking his first-ever visit to the state of Georgia and first face-to-face meeting with UGA's coaches

UGA has 15 commits for 2015, including DE Quincy Vasser of Navarro junior college. Vasser attended Dawg Night during his official visit to UGA. Vasser committed to UGA last April without ever seeing UGA or the state of Georgia, without talking to Mark Richt, and without ever meeting an UGA assistant in person. Pretty much all of that was solved this weekend.

5-star safety Rashad Roundtree of Augusta (left) got a lot of one-on-one time with Mark Richt

5-star safety Rashad Roundtree of Augusta (far right) got a lot of one-on-one time with Mark Richt at Dawg Night. Roundtree’s father is the sheriff of Augusta. Roundtree isn’t committed and hasn’t named any leaders. But UGA, Auburn and Duke appear to be the favorites. Roundtree was one of the first prospects that Richt contacted after Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed

Alabama DT commit Jonathan Ledbetter (right), who is rumored to be considering a switch to UGA, showed up at Dawg Night and kept a low profile

The biggest rumor on UGA message boards this week was that DT Jonathan Ledbetter (right) would flip his commitment from Alabama to the Bulldogs at Dawg Night. It didn’t happen but Ledbetter did show up on Friday, keeping a low profile with a hoodie. He was joined by his Tucker High School teammate, linebacker Elijah Sullivan (left), who is committed to Auburn. Sullivan had said he was attending Dawg Night to earn an offer from UGA, but he elected not to work out. So that ship might’ve sailed.

Jonathan Ledbetter's brother, Joe Ledbetter (center) is a 6-foot-5 tight end trying to return to football after playing two years of NCAA Div. II basketball

This is a developing story: Jonathan Ledbetter’s brother, Joe Ledbetter (center) is a 6-foot-5 tight end trying to return to football after playing two years of NCAA Div. II basketball. Joe wants to play at either Alabama or UGA, and has already been accepted at Alabama. Package deal?

2016 5-star OL Ben Cleveland (right) of Stephens County is uncommitted but seems to be at every major UGA recruiting event

2016 5-star OL Ben Cleveland (right) of Stephens County is uncommitted but seems to be at every major UGA recruiting event. It was hard seeing Cleveland going anywhere but with the Bulldogs, and he committed on Saturday night.

Some wide receivers were overheard at camp complaining about how hard UGA assistant Tony Ball throws passes

Funny story: Some wide receivers were overheard at camp complaining about how hard UGA assistant Tony Ball throws passes. He did have some zip on the ball.

WR Gilbert Johnson of Miami signed with UGA this past year but failed to qualify. He enrolled at Georgia Prep Sports Academy for this fall. He is committed to UGA for 2015, and plans to enroll in January, providing he raises his test score

WR Gilbert Johnson of Miami signed with UGA this past year but failed to qualify. He enrolled at Georgia Prep Sports Academy for this fall. He is committed to UGA for 2015, and plans to enroll in January — providing he raises his test score

Jawon Pass of Carver-Columbus High School is rated as the nation's No. 2 dual-threat QB for 2016. He has offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson, among others. He's trying to earn one from UGA, too

Jawon Pass of Carver-Columbus High School is rated as the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat QB for 2016. He has offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson, among others. He won’t likely get one from UGA after Jacob Eason committed on Saturday night.

UGA WR target Jayson Stanley of Creekside High School watched WR drills. He's expected to commit to either UGA or Auburn in the next few months

UGA WR target Jayson Stanley of Creekside High School watched WR drills. He’s expected to commit to either UGA or Auburn in the next few months

Logan Byrd of Veterans High School is my early frontrunner to be Georgia's No. 1 QB prospect for 2016. He has early offers from UNC, Virginia Tech, UVA and NC State. He is hoping for one from UGA, too

Logan Byrd of Veterans High School is my early frontrunner to be Georgia’s No. 1 QB prospect for 2016. He has early offers from UNC, Virginia Tech, UVA and NC State. He was a possible backup plan if Jacob Eason committed elsewhere but Eason pledged to the Bulldogs on Saturday

Auburn commit Jordan Colbert of Griffin High School was a spectator at Dawg Night

Auburn commit Jordan Colbert of Griffin High School was a spectator at Dawg Night. He initially wanted to work out to “compete against elite players” but later changed his mind, probably due to the rainy and wet conditions

NOTE: We also had a real AJC photographer at the event, and here’s his photo gallery

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54 comments
Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Whooowheee Another Recrootin' National Championship for the trophy case. Whooowheee

Gopher86
Gopher86

Really impressed w/ UGA'S commits this weekend, but can you tell me Carvell why would UGA want to pass on a #2 Dual Threat QB in America? If Jawon Pass is that good, why wouldn't he want the competition against Eason? Is it Richt's inability to secure African American QB's? Yes I give him credit for playing Shockley (Last SEC Championship)and going after and getting Lemay. But one has to be suspect as to why year after year you have the Cam Newton's, Anthony Jennnings(LSU) Blake Sims(Bama) Deshaun Watson(Clemson)and this year's starter as a freshmen get looked at as a last resort when they make everybody's top 20. Eason is nice, watched game film  him and this kid has a gun, but does he have the mobility? I have seen him look fluid in the pocket, and he moves laterally well, but that's high school and this is the SEC we are talking about. By know means am I racist but one does began to question why all these top 20 QB's of color in state go out of state. Carvell maybe you can provide some deeper insight as to why. Oh you stating that "He probably won't get and offer" doesn't help. We get Roundtree, Thompson, Ledbetter, Abernathy and Stanley we will be just fine. Oh and one last thing:@Tide_ROLL, We had everybody not wearing convict orange and blue in he state of Alabama about to pee on themselves in "12, so don't think BAMA is better. They(the coaches) just froze up. But UGA vs Bama yearly would ensure a lot more in state talent saying, "I want to be in that game"

libby141
libby141

Those are someone's children , please refrain from using their kids as an example in a negative way.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Sounds like an impressive group of athletes.

greenedefense
greenedefense

Those players who didn't work out for the UGA coaches need to go some play else other than UGA. They are obviously mentally committed some where else.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Diante Williams maybe ?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Georgia just flipped somebody. Anyone know who it was?

Terry1961
Terry1961


MC, I noticed when Terry Godwin’s sister committed her stats were included, well, I though I would help you out with Joe Ledbetter’s stats. Also, what does Joe was accepted at Alabama mean? Did they offer him a football scholarship, because every recruiting site I’ve been on, has no mention of Joe being offered, is it because he has been out of high school for two year? Its hard for me to believe Saban would offer Joe a football scholarship, unless it is a package deal, he hasn’t played football for two years, does the two years at Pfeiffer College count against his eligibility? IF it does, it seems that two years would be to short of a time, to make an impacted at Bama. One more thing, how did he rate as a high school football player, and what position did he play?

College - Pfeiffer College

State - North Carolina - 

Division - II

Sport - Men’s Basketball

Player Info

Name - Joe Ledbetter

Classes - Fr., So. - Pos - F - Ht. - 6‘-5”

Years - 2012 - 2013, 2013-2014

Games - 40

Career Stats -    Made - Atts - Pct

Total Field Goals - 58  - 123 - .472

3-Pt Field Goals  -  0   -    1  - .000

Free Throws     -   14   -  35 - .400

Career Stats   - No  -  Avg

Rebounds    -   193 - 4.825

Assists         -     2  - .050

Blocks         -      20 - .500

Steals          -     17 - .425

Points          -    130 -.1.950

Turnovers    -    32

dawgeatdawg
dawgeatdawg

TIDEROLL and the bamma crew---------------2 GAME LOOSING STREAK 


----------------blahahahahahah

LakeDawg
LakeDawg

I don't think Richt has the power to force Andy Landers to give a scholarship he wouldn't otherwise give.

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Nice set of pictures and commentary....Dawgs looking strong and proud!

zulucanibal
zulucanibal

Rashad Roundtree of MARTINEZ not Augusta....his daddy  lives in Augusta but he lives with his mom in Martinez. You know this Carvell!!!! Only reason Im making this a point is because I really think he is the best football player ever from Columbia County. (not augusta)

Borodawg
Borodawg

Not sure why I'm responding to TideRoll, but Jacob Park is considered by ESPN and others as a "dual threat" QB.


Yes, we've ranked pretty high on offense for several years; 3rd or 4th in the SEC.  But bottom half on defense.  Pruitt is an upgrade and we should see substantial improvement; especially over last year.  But, he will need another year or two to get his kinda players.  He seems to prefer lean and fast over bulk.  If NT does well this year, and the secondary doesn't give up too many big plays, we'll be improved.  Maybe middle of the pack stats as opposed to bottom half.  

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

It is hard to believe that Ben Cleveland has two more years at the High School level. I hope he signs with Georgia in 2016. He will be bigger and stronger.

Abernathy looks like a full grown man not a 17 or 18 year old kid.Fully developed and ready to play his Freshman year.

dawg_alum_2014
dawg_alum_2014

@TIDE_ROLL Troll, troll, troll...

Let's get something straight. Between the collegiate/NFL success of David Greene (SEC Champion QB, former SEC record holder for a number of records), DJ Shockley (SEC Champion), Stafford (#1 NFL Pick, fastest QB to 20,000 passing yards), and Aaron Murray (broke Greene's SEC records, NFL future TBD), I think it's safe to say that whoever Bobo and Richt groom will be successful. You get your Joe Cox's every once in a while, but the track record is there. Bobo maybe 'don't' know better (you aren't helping to break any stereotypes as an Alabama fan/resident), but he obviously knows a thing or two about developing quarterbacks. And other quarterbacks seem to take notice; almost every quarterback on our roster was highly recruited, sans Mason, who might just be a diamond in the rough (that's called a metaphor).

Now please rebuttle with how we don't have a NC win under our belt or how we 'choked' with 5 seconds left in 2012.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Michael....


I wish the Gainesville Sun recruiting reporter covered recruiting "like the dew" as you do.  Great job with this story and photos.  Major fix for Georgia fans, no doubt.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

How do you expect to keep being granted interviews by top players like Godwin when you show no respect for what they tell you?  Wasn't it less than a month ago that Godwin and his mother flat out told you his sister's college choice was unrelated to Terry's?  I seem to recall Terry even using the words, "We are no package deal."


Now, you're entitled to your opinion.  Personally, I couldn't care less whether or not her decision has a bearing on his.  I just find it questionable that you would choose words like "absolutely, yes" they are a package deal when the kid himself told you in no uncertain words that they weren't.  Seem to me to be a good way to insure your phone calls go directly to voicemail.

TIDE_ROLL
TIDE_ROLL

My bad True Dawg.


Sorry to confuse you with facts. Just a couple of more: You lost to Vanderbilt AND Nebraska in the Gator Bowl (your home away from home) who, in their last regular season game, trailed Iowa 38-0 at home before closing the gap to 38 -14.


I tell you what. Just do what all the other DAWG fans do. Deny it all happened, go up to Athens this fall,, grill your weenies and holler "Gooo Dawgs."



Geez.  What a program. What a fan base. 35 years. No wonder

TIDE_ROLL
TIDE_ROLL

That's a nice job. Cool pics.


Hey Dawg fans. Do yourself a favor and google Mario Cristobal. If there's a more impressive young coach in America, I want to see him (Maybe James Franklin).


Anyway, Cristobal is our offensive line coach, and since he's arrived it's been lights out! Take a look at the commitment we received yesterday. Brandon Kennedy, 6'2", 290 lbs,, the top rated center in America. The thing is, last year, super Mario landed Joshua Casher, 6'1" 300lbs. the top rated center in America.


These two studs will join Lester Cotton, 6'4" 300 lbs, the top rated offensive guard in America, and Dallas Warmack, the 10th ranked offensive guard in America.


Last year all Cristobal did was sign Leon Brown. 6'6" 320, OT from Brooklyn, NY, Dominick Jackson, 6'7"320 lbs, the top rated JUCO offensive tackle in America, Cameron Robinson, 6'6"330, the top rated high school offensive tackle in America, and earth mover Montell McBride, 6'4" 330 lbs. out of Plant City Fla.


This translates into SEC championships and National Titles dawg fans. Why Richt refuses to recognize these facts and do it the "BAMA Way" is beyond me. Year after year it's the same thing. A finesse, pass block first, offensive line filled with athletes that one has to question whether really belong at this level. 

TIDE_ROLL
TIDE_ROLL

@Gopher86 


You're right on the money Gopher.


I like what Jacob Eason's father said. Basically that they were lucky. Richt is one of the few coaches left who still run a pro style offense. Richt and Bobo have it backwards. Rather than sign a dual threat QB and develop his passing game, they sign a pro style QB who can't be taught mobility and athleticism.


Cam and Nick Marshall and Colin Kaepernic and Russell Wilson are just the start.


Steve Spurrier recognizes it, and signs Harrison's Lorenzo Nunez. Cam Cameron, LSU's offensive coordinator with an extensive NFL background, recognizes it and signs Marietta's Anthony Jennings and Feleipe Franks.


Richt and Bobo don'rt see it because they don't want to.


For them to basically ignore Juwan Pass borders on negligence.  You would think after Cam and Nick got through with them, they would figure it out.


I swear with Richt and Bobo, it's going to be 40 years. At least.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@Terry1961 Joe Ledbetter is a new development, with his story only coming out within the last few days. To my knowledge, Joe has not been offered a football scholarship yet by Alabama, UGA or anybody but his brother said that he wants to play football at UGA or Alabama, and that he has already been accepted as a student at Alabama and is waiting to hear back from UGA. Joe worked out at Dawg Night with the hopes of earning a scholarship. He looked pretty good for a big guy who hasn't played football in a few years. I don't know much about Joe's football background at Tucker but I will look into it. Again, this is so new. And with the way recruiting works, my guess is this could play a major factor into Jonathan's college plans.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@zulucanibal 


Why must you belabor the point????


Everything near the City of Augusta(Georgia only) is  NORMALLY  referred to as Augusta the same as everything near the City of Atlanta is referred to as Atlanta!!!!


Had Michael referred to Roundtree's home as MARTINEZ it is very unlikely that many people other than "we locals"  would know where Tree lives!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Borodave 


Only 3 big concerns!!!!!!!


Will Mason come through as we hope @ QB and will the DBs play improve significantly??? Will the injury bug stay away??

TampGator1
TampGator1

@FireSomebody 


I think Michael has the right to his opinion about recruits, as you have the right to your opinions, however ill advised they might be.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Tide Troll......roll turrrrd!!

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

Oh my. Fact one..."Kick! Bama, kick!" Fact two: Boomer Sooner! You have no room to talk ~ 0 ~ 2 to end the season. Get a life.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TIDE_ROLL 


What effect on extending/halting your current 2-game losing streak will all this impact??


Why waste all that "Hotshot Center" acquisition on the 2 best centers in the world when that Escalade could have gone to another position stud. Actually a chimpanzee can be trained to center a football.

caneowar
caneowar

@TIDE_ROLL 


Crap Tide_Roll, aren't there any kids in Alabama that know how to play football?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TIDE_ROLL 


Google Mario Cristobal and you will find out that Mario got fired from his last coaching job.   

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TIDE_ROLL 


Last time Georgia played Bama, the Tide had to stop Georgia (or Georgia stopped themselves) on the 5 yard line on the final play of the game.  Not a lot of talent separation there from my viewpoint.  And also between Bama and Auburn and Bama and Oklahoma.  And we will see how much talent separation there is when Florida comes calling game 4 this year. 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@TIDE_ROLL Why Bama Trolls such as yourself feel as though UGA fans could care less about your views about anything is the real question.  Since the "Bama Way" is all about oversigning, gray shirting, looking the other way on criminals and booting kids who did nothing wrong other than occupy a scholarship that St. Nick now needs for the latest 5 star....thanks but no thanks.  With all that "Bama Way" greatness, one might think that you people could have beaten that little farm team over in Awbarn or at LEAST those Okie pretenders that stomped you in the bowls.  Perhaps your time would be better spent focusing on fixing the problems over in Tuscaloosa.  God Bless.

Deano3637
Deano3637

UGA's offense is not their issue...they've been one of the best in the league for years. The defense is what's been holding them back and hopefully with the addition of Pruitt that will change.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@MichaelCarvell 


Michael: I have trimmed and trimmed on my reply to Tide_Roll.   Could you give me some idea what else is unacceptable??????


Thanks,


RLC

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HotDawg
HotDawg

Good reporting MC. Look forward to reading more about the situation.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I'll take MC 'S opinion based over others. He's out there talking to the kids we are commenting on without knowing them.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@TampGator1 Opinions aren't ill-advised, though they may be ill-informed.  Entitlement to his opinion is not what's being questioned - I guess you missed me say as much.  What's suspect is the prudence in expressing it in certain instances.  If you think all opinions are suitable for print at all times then you don't understand journalism.  That "whooshing" sound was my point going directly over your head.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TrueDawg1986 @TIDE_ROLL 


Didn't Saban(aka The 8th Dwarf) get the TE, that CMR booted off the team, to F L I P  from BARN and LOUISVILLE to Bammy?  Is this a sign of the coming BAMMY Football  Apocalyse????

TU
TU

@Deano3637 You got that right. Defense needs to get off the field on third down and put the ball in the hands of the offense. Some take away's would be helpful as well.


keendaddy
keendaddy

FireSomebody,

your opinion of your opinions is laughable. Keep taking jabs at everyone else. We love the comic relief of your deflated ego. Go Dawgs!

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@FireSomebody Part of my assigned job duties as a Recruiting Blogger is to provide opinions, so I will do that.