Notebook: UGA’s only RB recruit plans another visit

UGA has some competition for Chris Carson, the Bulldogs’ only commitment at running back for their 2015 recruiting class.

Carson, the former Parkview High School standout who is wrapping up his second season at a Kansas junior college, has tentatively planned on taking an official visit to Louisville in January. He is also hearing from Indiana and Oregon.

“They (Louisville) hit me up on Twitter,” Carson told the AJC. “They told me about how they’re losing two running backs next year. I told them that I’m kind of interested in Louisville, but that I’m still good with Georgia. So they said they were still going to try to recruit me.”

What interests Carson about Louisville? “I’ve been interested in them since high school. I know they run the ball a lot. That’s always good for me to hear, since I’m a running back.”

Where do things stand between Carson and UGA? “I’m still sitting good with Georgia. My commitment is good.”

Because UGA has college football’s most outstanding collection of running backs, the Bulldogs had difficulty in recruiting a high-profile prospect at the position out of high school this year. They dipped into the junior college ranks to find Carson.

Carson knows he has stiff competition next year against Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. He’s looking forward to it.

“They (UGA) told me I could play right away because I have experience,” Carson said. “Nick Chubb has been playing well. I’m happy that Nick Chubb is doing good. Hopefully next year I can help add on to all the success at running back.”

Check out Carson’s updated highlight film from this season at the bottom of the blog …

RELATED: Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack analyzed more than a dozen D1 prospects at a pair of high school games, and some UGA fans were surprised that he graded out Ben Cleveland with a “D.” Cleveland is the decorated 5-star offensive tackle from Stephens County High School. Wommack explained his grade: “Cleveland is the No. 3 player in the country for the Class of 2016, but you wouldn’t have known it with the way the game played out on Friday night (in the 56-0 loss to Buford). Cleveland played very sparingly on offense, instead starting at defensive end. His impact on the defensive side of the ball was negligible. Meanwhile, Stephens County’s offensive line was dominated by Buford all night. You can’t hold it against Cleveland for the way the starting assignments are handed out, but with his size and talent it’s pretty curious that he’s not being used at his future position of tackle.” You can read the rest of Wommack’s scouting report right here.  Let me say a few things about this: First of all, I admire when any recruiting analyst goes against the grain and give his true opinion, rather than just copycat what the rest of the industry says (that happens way too often). Now in Ben Cleveland’s defense, he was going against high school football’s version of the 1927 Yankees. Stephens County was no match for Buford. What if you graded former 5-star Derrick Henry (now plays for Alabama) against Buford? Henry’s team was demolished 49-7 three years ago, and Henry finished with 113 rushing yards, including a 76-yard touchdown against Buford’s backups with 23 seconds remaining in the game to maintain some respectability. And what if you rated Nick Chubb from when Cedartown was heavily overmatched by Sandy Creek in last year’s playoffs? They were drilled 63-10, with Chubb rushing for 71 yards on 19 carries (3.73 yards per attempt). This year in the SEC, Chubb is averaged 6.7 yards per carry.


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