Posted: 11:58 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014

UGA gets help in biggest position of need with commit No. 20 

By Michael Carvell

UGA got some help with its biggest position of need in this year’s recruiting class on Saturday night.

Jayson Stanley, a 4-star wide receiver whose father played football for archrival Georgia Tech, committed to UGA over Auburn, Oregon and Clemson.

“I picked Georgia because it’s where I felt most comfortable,” Stanley told the AJC. “They want to use me as an outside receiver. They told me that I would have a pretty good shot at starting as a freshman.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Stanley is UGA’s fourth commitment at wide receiver in its 2015 class, led by 5-star Terry Godwin of Callaway High School.

UGA is expected to sign at last five wide receivers in this class, and the top target for the final spot may be Greater Atlanta Christian’s Darius Slayton.

Back to Jayson Stanley: He’s rated as the state’s No. 22 overall prospect.

“They are getting a dynamic receiver who can stretch the field,” Creekside coach Olten Downs told the AJC. “He has a long and big body. He’s a track guy. He has great hands.

“And the great thing about Jayson is that he’s still learning the position. This will be just be his second year of playing wide receiver. He has got so much upside at that position, as he learns it in the future.”

Stanley helped Creekside win last year’s Class AAAAA state championship as a junior, catching 41 passes for 817 yards and 16 touchdowns. But he didn’t have any scholarship offers until a breakout performance in December’s RisingSeniors.com all-star game, catching a pair of long touchdown passes.

“He’s the prototype receiver that Georgia is looking for,” said 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell. “He’s kind of got the body type that Tony Ball is looking for – he’s a big guy. He’s 6-2 with good top-end speed, but he’s not stiff.”

Added Downs, “Georgia told Jayson that they need someone to come in and stretch the field. They said they don’t really have that big-time guy right now who can stretch the field. They’re looking for a guy with that type of athletic ability who can come in and contribute to what they do offensively.”

UGA’s other WR commits for 2015 are Godwin, Michael Chigbu of New Orleans and Griffin High School’s Christian Owens. (You could also count Gilbert Johnson, who signed with the Bulldogs this past year but failed to qualify; Johnson is attending Georgia Prep Sports Academy, and said he will enroll at UGA in January, providing he gets the necessary SAT score)

Even without Slayton (his decision is pending), this is the most talented group of wide receivers in one class that UGA has recruited in years.

And it couldn’t come at a better time for UGA, which is desperate for an infusion of new talent by next season. Two out of the team’s top three wide receivers (Christian Conley and Michael Bennett) are seniors, while Malcolm Mitchell could be a candidate to leave early for the NFL if he can stay healthy.

It’s too early to judge UGA’s class of WR signees from this past year, but the two previous classes (2012 and 2013) have been a disappointment so far. They haven’t been able to make much of an impact — despite a prime opportunity after season-ending injuries to both Mitchell and Bennett in 2013. The telltale sign was significant playing time for walk-ons Rhett McGowan and Kenneth Towns during last season’s pivotal moments.

Then again, UGA’s lack of proven playmakers at the position after this season is a major reason why the Bulldogs have been able to recruit such a star-studded group for 2015.

UGA has a chance to add another with Darius Slayton, who could make his decision within the next couple of months. The Bulldogs and Auburn are considered to be the frontrunners for the 4-star recruit.

One final note on Stanley: Despite his commitment to UGA, he said he still plans to take official visits to both Oregon and Miami, along with possibly Auburn. “I want to see some other places, and enjoy the recruiting process.”

UGA WR COMMITS FOR 2015

  • Terry Godwin, 6-0, 165 (5-star and state’s No. 4 overall prospect. Explosive playmaker could compete for starter’s role at WR or DB as freshman)
  • Jayson Stanley, 6-2, 210 (4-star and state’s No. 22 overall prospect. Combination of size, speed and athleticism maybe only matched by Malcolm Mitchell on UGA roster)
  • Michael Chigbu, 6-2, 210 (4-star and Louisiana’s No. 10 overall prospect)
  • Christian Owens, 6-5, 205 (4-star and state’s No. 27 overall prospect. Big possession WR. Good red zone target)

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152 comments
Honky4Herman
Honky4Herman

Welcome trolls!  Man, would these forums be boring without the trolls; without them they would be just as boring and meaningless as Tech's.  Not too many trolls there.  Not worth the effort.  By the way, it is not the North Avenue Trade School, it is the North Avenue Correctional Institute.  Bring your gun and baton, if you want to get to class without getting mugged or shot.

notevensurprised
notevensurprised

he is going to uga to feel right at home with the other criminal, thugs, drug dealers, and theves.....

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

The Dawgs will beat the Clemson Tigers without MM and JSW, but I believe they will both return for the Carolina game, and what was thought by all to be an odd time to have a bye after the opener has now become HUGE for UGA. Sounds like B. Langley had a big scrimmage Friday night. 

SteveJobs
SteveJobs

God help us all if UGA doesn't have anyone who can stretch the field.  Just ignorant to give that away before the 2014 season's even had toe meet leather.  Really worried for 2015 if we're looking at true freshmen starting. 



Either that or that kid's believing a load of crap they've blown up his butthole.  Derecruiting him once he's on campus should be fun for us. 

Courtney2
Courtney2

I like recruits who have parents that are educated.  No more ghetto trash.  Congrats to Stanley and to UGA. 

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation!!!

TruthSpeaketh
TruthSpeaketh

Yep Jayson...It didn't feel comfortable at GT because you would actually have to study and go to class! Unlike at UGA!

BigGAdawg
BigGAdawg

Great pickup.


Welcome Dawg! 

Samoan Redcoat
Samoan Redcoat

Interesting that some of the 2012-2013 hot shots being replaced by walk-ons...goes to show you how so called 4 and 5 star recruits may not always make it.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I think these Recruits are feeling the positive changes going on in Athens and want to be apart of Georgia's rise to the top echelon of the SEC. The first team is not who made all the mistakes in the last scrimmage. It was the second and third units. How Richt uses the second and third units will determine if all commits stay or some flip. We have 10 more positions open . This could be Georgia's best Recruiting year in 25 years. We need to get the second and third teams playing mistake free , play them to show Richt's confidence in them and the Recruits will come.

Really feeling good about Georgia's future. Finally will have the depth needed to beat Alabama in the fourth Quarter or any other top School.Two weeks from now we will know . I still say we beat Clemson by 10 to 24 points and South Carolina by 10 points.

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

This is a bright young man who would appear to have his head screwed on properly. After hearing his interview I would have taken him with glee at 3stars...........GO DAWGS!!!!!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Congrats young man and best wishes to your father for supporting your decision.

Go Dawgs!

shameful
shameful

Electric1234 - you could not commit or get into the University of Georgia!


WELCOME MR. STANLEY! GO DAWGS.............. 

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation!!!

DawginCO
DawginCO

I think you guys are selling Chris Conley short as far as talent goes.  Here is a quote from the Online Athens earlier this month about Reggie Davis' speed. 


"The speedster said he was timed earlier this summer running a 4.23 hand-held 40, tying senior receiver Chris Conley. Those times are faster than what NFL scouts timed Georgia prospects at pro day last spring."

So Chris Conley is bigger and as fast as Davis.  He has good hands too.  Alot is made of Malcolm Mitchell's big play ability but I think we will find out we have a couple of other guys that can light it up as well.  Losing Conley will hurt.  We need to restock and they are doing it.  Fortunately, WR is a position that a freshman can step in and make a difference at.

Jacketa$$
Jacketa$$

And the train keeps on rolling.......and since everyone keeps giving GTBOB-a-NOB a platform here's my 2 cents, we may not do anything with our fives stars like GT Bob says EXCEPT for kicking the nerds a$$ on a regular basis year in and year out........he's really sad if you think about it nobody post much on the North Avenue trade school site much, its like a ghost town overt here which a lot like their football team.  And in closing not sure why GT Bob is upset that UGA got a WR they don't use them anyway........and the train just keeps on rolllllllllllllling :)

DawginCO
DawginCO

247sports has the Ledbetter commit.  And updated the rankings.  Georgia is now #5.  It's a pretty good class and could get better.  Of course we have to wait to see who actually puts ink on paper in Feb.  If the Dawgs have a good season on the field, they could all stick and a few others will join them.


The trolls are like parasites.  They require a host and the little blood sucking F-ers chose the Bulldog blogs to feed on.  Yeah, I am talking about all of you children that opt to stick your noses into a private conversation in a public forum.  You do that in real life and the owner of the joint bounces you if you don't stop on the first warning.  I am sick of it.


I can guarantee if you were all banished that after a few days the fans that abandoned these blogs because of you would start coming back and they outnumber you by quite a bit.  You can delude yourselves with BS like "the AJC wants us here to keep the hit count up", all you want.  It's a lie and you're to screwed up to realize it.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@TruthSpeaketh  More like he would stand around and not even get his jersey dirty playing at tech since they don't realize that the forward pass is legal.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@TruthSpeaketh The quote was "had an offer from Tech but never considered it because of the offense (high school offense) they run".  I'm sure he would have been fine in that extra tough sports physiology program you people added for the jocks.  In the end, what does it all matter...the GnaTs will continue to be One for the Century and the Dawgs will continue working toward more championships.  Thanks for stopping by tho TROLL...keep hating, your obsession is pretty comical.

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

@TruthSpeaketh

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Glanton was attracted to Georgia Tech because it offers both his major (Exercise Physiology) and minor (Sports Management). 

Quite an Engineering School you guys have over there.

LOL

TaterTot1
TaterTot1

@TruthSpeaketh If your not nicer than what you have been i am gonna spill the beans to everyone that your mom and i are having relations and the only way for me to even to get enjoyment out of it is to slap a ham up her and pull out the bone bimbo. ;)

ZinoDawg
ZinoDawg

Maybe he wanted to play in a sold out stadium instead of a half empty high school field.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@Samoan Redcoat Funny your GnaTs never have to worry about that...because no top 4 or 5 star recruits even consider that sad program with the high school offense.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@C-Kirk  Wile I am not as rosey as you C-Kirk (been choked too many times gulping the kool-aid) I do feel a change in the air in Athens, not just the D with coach JP, but with coach Richt himself being a little more antsy.

I also agree with your predictions on first 2 games - revenge factor in both  Clem and son for the loss last year and the chickens for how badly we played and got beat the last time we were there (we do pretty well in the revenge games)

Jacketa$$
Jacketa$$

@electric1234  I thought most of you guys at the North Avenue Trade School were already committed.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@Jacketa$$ He and gtcaryd are truly sad and envious people....everytime they post it sounds like sweet music of their pain and obsession

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO Psycho......................hope you don't own any weapons.

Wrecker
Wrecker

@DawginCO Calm down there, internet warrior.  This is a public conversation on a public forum.  The AJC has set the rules and, so long as posters follow them, they are free to post inane and idiotic statements.  You are free to ignore them and not engage them.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd If your demented mommy hadnt passed along the dementia you could REMEMBER whether or not he said that for the last 5 years.  So sad that you've been that obsessed...to be TROLLING like this for 5 years is sooooo sad.

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

@GTBob Where is Tech going to come up with the $5K per athlete that is going to be allowed in the big 5 conferences?


I see Tech's future, and it has Sunbelt written all over it.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@GTBob THank you oh all knowing Troll....clearly we should hire a coach that brings us into the 1970s by installing a high school offense...LMAO....your obsession with UGA is comical

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TrueDawg1986 @Jacketa$$ And you and your slobber-bobbers sound like 5th graders on the playground. Oh well, maybe this is the year yall win a championship of some kind........................if not, maybe next year..............again....................that's funny.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  Funny that you, the person that trolls blogs would call someone who posts a precise analysis of your behavior, "psycho".  You have serious issues, sir.  

As for weapons, I don't need them, thank you.  You would be a far more serious threat to society with a weapon than I ever would.  I am as sane as it gets in this world.  You and your troll buddies, however, are seriously f'd up.  I just pointed out why you are f'd up and it would hold up in court.  You would be laughed at.  Sorry, but the truth is brutal.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd Now, now, angry obsessed old men with early onset dementia passed down from their crazy mommy really shouldnt be calling others "psycho".  Always remember that you are nothing more than a disgusting TROLL...unwanted, unheeded, irrelevant and largely ignorant.  The sooner AJC starts to ban people like you from TROLLING, the better off we will all be.  I know the editor in chief as her husband is a good friend of mine after working together for 20 years...I just realized what I should have done weeks ago to help us all clean up these pages.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Wrecker  " they are free to post inane and idiotic statements.  You are free to ignore them and not engage them."  Sure you can ignore them but after a while it becomes not very fun having to scroll through page after page of it.  Tolerating this BS is why it continues.  The old ignore them and they go away is a fallacy.  They won't ever go away.  They don't have enough decency to do that.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Wrecker This is a public forum being a recruiting blog but the Bulldog blogs are a private conversation, just as if people were in a private dining room in a restaurant.  The same parasites swarm over anything with Bulldog on it and add nothing, to the conversation.


I am not an internet warrior either.  If you broke into my conversation in a public place I'd chew your sorry butt out just the same.  It's rude and childish.  Our society is deteriorating at a rapid pace because people have completely forgotten manners and I come here for entertainment and the blog experience is ruined by rude children.  many,many Bulldog fans have opted to stop coming here because of it.  That is wrong.


Like it or not I am justified in my anger. 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd Lets all step back and read your post....seems like YOU are the only one sounding like a 5th grader.  Oh and that last sentence/fragment sounds eeerily like your mama when she had lost her marbles....looks like the dementia has already set in for you too TROLL

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@DawginCO I agree 100%, these TROLLS have to be dealt with.  Another way of helping the process is if thousands of UGA posters started copying and pasting the GnaT posts here onto the GT articles...so that all the Techies get a dose of their own medicine...and they can see which of their own dimwitted fans are over here trolling constantly.  

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@DawginCO You are absolutely right....I've been conducting an experiment this week...going over to the GT pages and posting some of the comments their very own trolls post on UGA pages.  It's comical how much they get up in arms about the behavior they choose to initiate on EVERY UGA article.  So if every UGA poster wants to give them a dose of their own medicine...make sure you post the names of their TROLLS in your messages....so they understand that DawgNation does not abide by their Trolls!

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@GTBob You are absolutely right, we don't NEED a coach with high school gimmickery....we're fine....but we do so greatly appreciate your unbiased concerns....bless your heart!

forexbomb
forexbomb

@GTBob @TrueDawg1986 Your right Bob..  Recruiting has NEVER been UGA's problem...  Coaching has always been their problem.. And Discipline...  Richt is getting better, and maybe one day he will bring a championship to UGA..  Time will tell.