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
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. 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). 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, 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 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 (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
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.
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. It was hard seeing Cleveland going anywhere but with the Bulldogs, and he committed on Saturday night.
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
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
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. 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
TO GET THE BIG PICTURE
— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog
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