Number of commitments: 25
Expected class size: 28-31
Rankings: UGA’s class rates as No. 6 in the nation
News of the week: UGA gained a commitment and lost one. The newbie is Sam Madden, an offensive lineman from New Jersey who recently backed off his commitment to Wisconsin because of academic reasons. Madden picked the Bulldogs over South Carolina. UGA also lost athlete Shaq Wilson of Miami. He had been committed since June, but flipped to West Virginia on Wednesday. His heart was set on playing wide receiver in college, and he reportedly felt like he had a better opportunity at West Virginia.
What to feel good about: Mark Richt had an in-home visit Wednesday with Roquan Smith, a Super 11 linebacker from Macon County. He’s one of UGA’s top remaining targets. … Even though Dunwoody offensive lineman Nick Buchanan (committed to Cal) didn’t flip to UGA after last weekend’s visit, he liked the Bulldogs enough to meet with two assistants Wednesday. … Receiver Terrell Chatman of Baton Rouge, La., made a midweek visit to UGA. He committed to Miami in June … UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will likely beat his rival, Alabama’s Kirby Smart, in a head-to-head battle for Rico McGraw, a 4-star safety from Nashville, Tenn. McGraw originally committed to UGA about a year ago, but switched to Alabama last summer. Pruitt never stopped recruiting McGraw, who de-committed from Alabama on Wednesday. He is visiting UGA this weekend.
What to worry about: Six UGA commitments took visits to other schools last weekend, which was an unusually high number this close to signing day, which is Wednesday. The biggest surprise was Greater Atlanta receiver Darius Slayton’s appearance at Auburn, along with former Parkview running back Chris Carson showing up at Oklahoma State. Both players remain committed to UGA. … Gainesville defensive back Chris Williamson narrowly picked Florida over UGA for his final official visit this weekend. Williamson was unable to set up a midweek trip with the Bulldogs because of coaches on the road.
Quote of the week: “I’ve got to think about the playing time I’m going to get at Georgia. I know they have plenty of depth at running back.” — Carson, who expects to make a final decision between UGA and Oklahoma State by the weekend.
Up next: All signs point to a roller-coaster finish for UGA, which may scramble to fill spots at offensive line, defensive back and receiver.