Posted: 2:20 am Monday, August 4th, 2014

UGA lands a RB for 2015 class 

By Michael Carvell

After UGA struggled with efforts to recruit an elite running back out of high school this year, the Bulldogs went in a different direction.

RB Chris Carson

RB Chris Carson

And they had some quick success.

Former Parkview High School standout Chris Carson, who now plays at a Kansas junior college, committed to UGA on Sunday after taking an official visit with the Bulldogs over the weekend.

“Yes, I committed,” Carson told the AJC. “Georgia felt like a family. And I love the competition.”

It took four days for UGA to close the deal. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder had only officially gotten an offer from the Bulldogs last Thursday. He took an official visit with his family on Saturday, and pledged before leaving campus on Sunday.

Carson is ranked as a 3-star and the No. 66 overall prospect this year out of junior college. He picked UGA over Iowa State, and said he will no longer take the official visit he had planned with the Cyclones later this month.

Carson was a non-qualifier out of high school, and has an outside chance of enrolling this January. However, he is more likely to report by the end of the spring.

UGA has had some success in past years with recruiting running backs from Parkview, including Brett Millican and Caleb King (who transferred to GAC as a senior).

Carson’s fast courtship represented a shift in strategy by UGA with recruiting running backs for 2015.

The Bulldogs have struggled mightily with attracting elite high schoolers not because of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall (who are both expected to leave after the season for the NFL). No, the deterrent has clearly been the presence of incoming freshmen 5-stars Nick Chubb and Sony Michel – even though neither has proven anything yet at the collegiate level.

On the surface, Carson appears to be a good move for UGA for several reasons: (1) his commitment won’t scare away any of the elite high school running backs that the Bulldogs are targeting for 2016 because Carson will only likely be there for one season when they arrive; (2) He instantly gives UGA some solid depth at the position. He’s a good insurance policy in case Chubb and Michel don’t live up to the hype or if they’re riddled with injuries like last year’s group; (3) Who knows? Carson may turn out to be better than a healthy Chubb and Michel. You never really know how any of these kids, including the 5-stars, will turn out until they get carries in the big SEC games. You’d have to think the Carson has a good chance of doing well at UGA after his success last year at junior college; (4) We’re not talking about Carson specifically but most junior-college transfers are low-risk, high-reward because if they don’t pan out, they’ll only be on scholarship a couple of seasons; and (5) Carson is the big and physical style of running back that seems to do well in UGA’s offensive scheme. He’s a banger.

UGA now has 17 commitments for 2015.

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29 comments
Dewnsav
Dewnsav

Patrick Allen...big OT out of Maryland has commited to UGA...now we need McGirt...go dogs

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

glad he's on board...depth at RB is a premium in the SEC...Bob, rotating backs in in vogue...you keep them fresh and, hopefully, cut down on the injuries...I realize all you need is a B-Back...or is it an A-Back ?? go dogs

OH-IO
OH-IO

I hope he's handled his Composition requirements.

Dynasty
Dynasty

"I'm pretty sure most teams can get by with 2 good RBs and a serviceable 3rd string. 5 is a ridiculous made up number to try and convince quality recruits that they will play alot as the 5th person on the depth chart when in reality they will never see the field."


Nope. It's not at all unusual for the top 2 rbs to be hurt. Georgia lost their 2nd team tailback last year to a knee injury and Gurley was hurt a good portion of the year. That right there puts you at your 3rd team tailback when Gurley was either hurt or not at full strength. And you're going to need at least 2 for every game so right there UGA was playing 4 or maybe 5 tailbacks last year. 


And at Bama one year under Shula we lost our top 3 tailbacks to season ending knee injuries. Next thing you know we're using a 4th freshman tailback Aaron Johns as our only back. You need 4 minimally and 5 realistically, 3 to 4 for depth in case the injury bug hits and a 5th in development and just in case 3 go down with injuries. 


Fortunately Bama doesn't have that problem anymore. We've got 5 very talented tailbacks right now and could move our fullback Jalston Fowler to tailback if we had to. The Bama talent cup runneth over. Wayyyyyy over. 

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Welcome Chris Carson and family to the Dawg Nation... Jawjuh born & SEC bred... Chris will soon be strapping on the G between the hedges...

4* OT Emmanuel McGirt has de-committed from NC.. McGirt who qualifies as an EE has been scheduled to visit Athens again (attended DN) for the 8/30 Clemson game (commit watch). 4* OT Patrick Allen has decided to take all 5 of his official visits before committing and will OV at UGA for the 11/15 Auburn game. Looks as if UGA will now take 4 OL commits in this Fam2015 class instead of the originally thought of just 3...

Other visitors (at the moment) scheduled for the 8/30 Clemson game:

JUCO CB Dante Shipman 6' 1"180 lbs Glendale CA OV (commit watch)

5* OT Chuma Edoga

5* S Rashad Roundtree

4* DL Jonathan Ledbetter (Bama commit)

3* OT Sage Hardin (G-commit)

5* DE/OLB Josh Sweat (EE) will take his OV to UGA on 10/04 for the Vandy game

August 10th - full moon = possible big commit looming... could it happen?

"BELIEVE" in the G

FGT
FGT

Not sure KM will leave and BD along with the two coming in now. NO ROOM for elite.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Four great Running Backs are plenty usually but Georgia relies on their Running game to open up the passing game so a fifth is needed to avoid having to draft a Defensive Back into emergency service like we had to do last year with J J Green. Even though J J did a good job last year ,  his best position is Defensive Back which everyone will see this year. I'm glad we were able to attack someone this good , with Marshall probably coming back and studs like Michel and Chubb getting 10 to 18 carries a game next year. We have Thurman and Douglas on the team , also. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

Word on the street is he is going to play RB in college, not safety

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Good luck to the young man, the dawgs sure won't have more straw than horses.

Gopher86
Gopher86

So we have 17 commits? I thought we were back at 15 after R. McGraw withdrew Carvell. Did I miss  commit?

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation

Woof!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Good get. You need 5 really good RB's on the roster. Yes, I know that is almost impossible to keep that many good RB's happy.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

UGA, more than anybody, knows you can't have enough good running backs.

kerryb
kerryb

He torn his ACL his Sr season and did not have the grades.  Otherwise he would have been getting a lot of offers.

uga1788
uga1788

...he wasn't even being recruited as a running back.  He said himself we offered him as a safety.

GTBob
GTBob

@Dynasty Last year Bama's 4th string RB got 4% of the carries for the season. You are telling me if they didn't have him then it would have significantly affected the team? And no, its not normal for your top two running backs to be injured for the season every year. If it is then like I said earlier. You need a new strength and conditioning coach. UGA just got unlucky last year.

GTBob
GTBob

@C-Kirk If four great running backs isn't enough then you don't need to recruit more great running backs. You need to ask your strength and conditioning coaches what they are actually doing to earn their salary.

GTBob
GTBob

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie I'm pretty sure most teams can get by with 2 good RBs and a serviceable 3rd string. 5 is a ridiculous made up number to try and convince quality recruits that they will play alot as the 5th person on the depth chart when in reality they will never see the field.

FBall
FBall

Carson had over 20 offers out of HS.

kerryb
kerryb

@uga1788 Why would they offer a kid that has played only RB at the High School and Jr college level as a safety?  He is clearly a RB and he looks better than most 4 stars I've seen video of.  This is an insurance policy in case Gurley and Marshall leave after this season.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@kerryb @uga1788 I believe he told another website that he was being recruited at safety out of high school by UGA. But he said he's being recruited at RB by UGA now.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@kerryb @uga1788 


I think he was only highlighting the concerns and need at the safety position for Georgia.....and not being really serious. But if he was, then the boy simply can't read.

uga1788
uga1788

@TampGator1 @kerryb


"“They said they’re recruiting me as a safety but they would like to try me out at running back too,” Carson said.