Posted: 8:10 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
How often does UGA get a player out of the state of Louisiana?
Michael Chigbu, a 4-star wide receiver from New Orleans, committed to UGA over Texas A&M on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder made his first visit to UGA before last Friday’s Dawg Night prospect camp. He didn’t have an LSU offer but claims them from more than 15 colleges, including Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and UCLA.
Chigbu is commit No. 17 for UGA’s recruiting class.
“Basically, Chigbu is a really good all-around receiver,” 247sports.com’s Jake Rowe said. “He can stretch the field. He makes tough catches. I think one of the things that makes him a good fit for Georgia is that he’s a big and physical kid. He blocks real well on the edge.
“He’s a Tony Ball-type of guy in the sense that he’s a 6-2, 200-pound guy who does enjoy blocking. He makes tough catches, and he catches the ball away from his body. I personally think he’s a real good fit in the pro-style theme that Georgia runs.”
Chigbu is UGA’s fourth 2015 commit who could play some at wide receiver (although most major recruiting websites aren’t counting Gilbert Johnson as a commit yet. Johnson signed with UGA last year but failed to qualify. He enrolled this summer at Georgia Prep Sports Academy and worked out at last week’s Dawg Night, with both him and his coach saying he was committed to UGA and plans to enroll in January, providing he makes a qualifying test score.)
The other two commits being counted at WR are 5-star Terry Godwin (who may play cornerback also) of Callaway High School and Griffin High School’s Christian Owens (who is listed by Rivals as a tight end now).
Here’s the big question: Does UGA still have room for Jayson Stanley, the 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School? He’s the No. 2 true wide receiver in the state this year, behind only Lovejoy High School’s Preston Williams (committed to Tennessee). Another top UGA target is Greater Atlanta Christian’s Darius Slayton, who could play multiple positions in college.
“Receiver is a huge fit in this class, and Georgia needs multiple guys,” Rowe said. “Jayson Stanley is still a top target for Georgia, although Chugbu does fill a need. He’s not the homerun threat that Jayson Stanley is with the elite speed. He’s a possession-type guy who can make tough catches in traffic. He doesn’t necessarily need to be open to make big catch because of his ability to make catches at the top of the route.”
— Michael Chigbu™ (@King_Chig15) July 25, 2014