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Georgia Football Recruiting: **Tons of Info** Five MUST GET Players for 2015


Five Must Get Players for UGA

Dawgs 247 Sports released the five “must haves” for 2015. Their list here.

These are the five players, who are undecided and considering UGA, who I think the Bulldogs must get for 2015:

Josh Sweat – Photo courtesy of USA Today

Josh Sweat – ☆☆☆☆☆
#5 Overall; #1 WDE; #1 in VA
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
6-5/236

I probably would have had 5-Star cornerback, Tarvarus McFadden, in this spot last week, but considering he chose the ‘Noles a few weeks ago, I’ve moved Sweat to #1. If Sweat wasn’t seriously considering UGA, I wouldn’t feel like he was a must get, but the “word on the street” is that this is now a Georgia/Florida State battle. It’s also promising that Georgia is the only SEC school that Sweat is considering. Dawgs 247 reports that Sweat’s decision will really just come down to his official visits. He visited Athens for the Auburn game and loved it. Him and his family were very impressed with the coaching staff and the people in the Georgia program. Sweat said that he was surprised with how nice everything was. He’ll make his decision sometime during the first week of December.

Here are Sweat’s junior highlights:


 

Chidi Valentine-Okeke – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Chidi Valentine-Okeke – ☆☆☆☆
#54 Overall; #2 OT; #8 in GA
Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA) OT
6-6/305
***Ratings by 247 Sports because Rivals has not yet reclassified him as a 2015 recruit

Offensive linemen are always a major need for the Bulldogs, but Valentine-Okeke is even more important because he is an elite in-state guy, and the Bulldogs have already missed out on one in Chuma Edoga. People close to Chidi say that Georgia is clearly the team to beat right now. He has a great relationship with UGA offensive line coach, Will Friend, and he says that “it feels like home” whenever he is in Athens. Chidi was in Athens for the Auburn game and loved everything he saw. He pointed out that he would love to block for the talented running backs that UGA has. He plans on visiting Georgia again sometime in December before making his decision on Januray 3rd at the Army All-American game.

Chidi is also considering Alabama, Auburn, FSU, and LSU.


 

Roquan Smith - Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Roquan Smith – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
#62 Overall; #7 OLB; #10 in GA
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
6-0/203

Georgia will likely be losing all four of their linebackers after this season, and they only have two true linebackers committed right now for 2015, so Smith will certainly be a must get. Right now he plays outside linebacker, but Dawgs 247 reports that he will likely move to inside linebacker in college. I don’t know that he would start right away as a true freshman at UGA, but I can promise you he would see A LOT of playing time. Like Rashad Roundtree, Smith is another elite talent that, if you’re Georgia, you can not let leave your state.

Smith’s recruitment seems to have come down to Georgia, Florida, and Ole Miss, and he says that he’ll commit on National Signing Day.

Roquan’s junior highlights:


 

Donte Jackson - Photo courtesy of Scout.com

Donte Jackson – Photo courtesy of Scout.com

Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
#190 Overall; #21 CB; #7 in LA
Riverdale (Jefferson, LA) CB
5-11/160

With 5-Star cornerback target, Tarvarus McFadden, committing to FSU a few weeks ago, Jackson has become even more of a must get for the Bulldogs. Donte is a freak athlete who plays cornerback, safety, wide receiver, running back, punt returner, and kick returner, but Pruitt has made it clear to him that he wants him to play cornerback if he decides to come to Athens. With sub-4.4 speed and insane quickness, however, I would fully expect the Bulldogs to use him on offense and special teams some as well. Jackson has stated that this is a Georgia/LSU battle, but has said at times that the Dawgs are in the lead. Donte will take an official visit to Georgia sometime in December.

Jackson plans on committing in late December or at the Army All-American game on January 3rd.

Check out his insane highlights here.


 

Darius Slayton - Courtesy of georgia.scout.com

Darius Slayton – Courtesy of georgia.scout.com

Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆
Not Rated Overall; #44 CB; #42 in GA
Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, GA) CB/WR
6-1/175

Don’t let his 3-star Rivals rating fool you. Slayton is a 4-star on every other recruiting site (#119 Overall on 247 Sports, #187 Overall on ESPN), and I’ve seen many people say he should even be a 5-star.  Like Donte Jackson, Slayton is an insane athlete with 4.4 speed who plays wide receiver, cornerback, running back, kick returner, and punt returner. Georgia is recruiting Slayton, though, as a wide receiver. If Slayton commits to the Dawgs, this will easily be the best class of wide receivers the university has ever signed. Check out the other wide receivers already committed here and here. Slayton’s recruitment has seemed to come down to Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee but I fully expect him to commit to the “G.”

Slayton is now done with his official visits, and he says that he will commit soon.

Check out his junior highlights here.

 

***Ratings according to Rivals.com

 

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Georgia Footall: Mark Richt Calls for a Red Out, Who’s Georgia’s Biggest Rival, and More! – Daily Dose of Dawg


Your Average Group of Tech Fans - thekeyplay.com

Your Average Group of Tech Fans – thekeyplay.com

Richt Calls for Red Out

This morning, Mark Richt asked the Bulldog Nation to wear red on Saturday, because, you know, most fans don’t normally do that already or anything. In all seriousness, I get what he’s doing because it does look really cool when almost everyone is wearing red, but it’s still funny when you have to ask Georgia fans to wear red.

 

Who Is Georgia’s Biggest Rival?

This question is really an easy one for me: Florida. No team has been as much of a thorn in the side as the Gators, and they always beat Georgia at the worst times. If you asked me my most hated teams in college football, I’d be quick to say Auburn and Florida State, but Florida certainly Auburns (steals) the cake for biggest rival.

I know some people probably think the nerds are Georgia’s biggest rival, but I’d have to disagree. For there to be a rivalry, the other team has to win at least once every few years. I view Georgia Tech as a little puny brother. You don’t really ever think about them or consume yourself with hating them, but losing to them in a fight would be absolutely embarrassing. If they started beating the Dawgs, my view might change, but for now the only thing that really bothers me about the North Avenue Trade School are there obnoxious, cocky (who knows why), disgusting fans.

Vote here on who you think is Georgia’s biggest rival.

 

Richt’s Thoughts on Georgia Tech

Yesterday, Mark Richt held his weekly media teleconference, and here’s what he had to say.

 

A Good Laugh

Tech is ready to “shock the world:”

 

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan

Georgia Football Recruiting: ***UPDATE*** Current Commitment List and Who Else UGA Will Get


Ronnie Harrison - Photo courtesy of Scout.com

Ronnie Harrison – Photo courtesy of Scout.com

Current Commits:

Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
6-4/292
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
6-0/168
Jonathan Ledbetter – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
6-4/265
Natrez Patrick – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
6-3/220
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
6-2.5/247
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
6-2.5/172
Jackson Harris – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
6-6/250
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
6-2/198
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
6-2/211
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
6-5/286
Michael Barnett☆☆☆☆
Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.) SDE
6-5/258
Rashad Roundtree☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
6-1/195
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
6-4/220
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
6-6/315
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
6-0/175
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
6-6/260
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
6-3/190
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
6-2/200
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
6-3.5/255
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
5-11/175
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
6-1/200
Quincy Vasser – ☆☆☆
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX) SDE
6-4/265
Johnathan Abram – ☆☆☆
East Marion (Columbia, MS) S
6-1/202

Will Get:

Chidi Valentine-Okeke – ☆☆☆☆
Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA) OT
6-6/305
Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
6-2/205
Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
5-11/175
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
6-2/182
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
6-2/218
Javarius Davis – ☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
6-2/218

Good Shot At:

Josh Sweat – ☆☆☆☆☆
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
6-5/240
Justin Martin – ☆☆☆
Overton (Nashville, TN) CB
6-2/192
Albert Huggins – ☆☆☆☆
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, SC) DT
6-3/279
Montavious Atkinson – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) ILB/S
6-1/200
Adonis Thomas – ☆☆☆☆
Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) ILB/ATH
6-3/229
Ronnie Harrison – ☆☆☆☆
Florida State University School (Tallahassee, FL) S
6-3/205
***Harrison, an Alabama commit, visited the Classic City this past weekend for the Auburn game, and he loved it. He immediately moved the Dawgs up there with Alabama, and he’s strongly considering signing a financial aid agreement with UGA which would bind the school to him, but not the other way around. Harrison also tweeted out that he’ll be visiting this week for the Charleston Southern game as well. That’s big when a kid from Florida will visit a school two weeks in a row, especially when this week is against such an inferior opponent. I’m very, very close to putting Harrison in the “Will Get” group, and I likely will next week.

Will Not Get, But Dawgs Will Be Close:

Chuma Edoga – ☆☆☆☆☆
McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) OT
6-3/276
Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
6-3/198
***I really thought the Dawgs had a great shot at landing McFadden, even once he committed to FSU, but after he canceled his official visit for the Auburn game, I’m calling this one over. Georgia will certainly continue to come after him hard, but I don’t see him flipping at this point.
Antonio Callaway – ☆☆☆
Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OT
6-1/185
Micah Abernathy – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) CB
6-1/187

***Changes

**Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Georgia Football: A Good Laugh (At Georgia Tech’s Expense), Unlikely NBA Star Sings UGA Fight Song, 5 Keys for a UGA Victory – Daily Dose of Dawg


Photo courtesy of Business Insider

Photo courtesy of Business Insider

Naive Georgia Tech Fans

If you need a good laugh this Friday afternoon, here’s an article outlining Georgia Tech’s playoff chances. No, you did not read that wrong. The nerds from the North Avenue Trade School actually think they have a shot of getting into this year’s College Football Playoffs.

Story here.

 

Charles Barkley Sings Georgia Fight Song

Former Auburn basketball star and current TNT NBA analyst, Charles Barkley, lost a bet when Georgia beat Auburn last weekend. As a result, he had to sing, “Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia” during the show last night:

 

5 Keys for Georgia to Beat Charleston Southern

Here are Gentry Estes’ five keys for Georgia to beat Charleston Southern.

Here is my one key:

SHOW UPIf twenty-two University of Georgia football players are able to be at Sanford Stadium at 12:01, the Bulldogs will win this game handily.

If you’re a Bulldog fan, cheer the Dawgs on in their second to last home game of the year, and then get ready to sing “Rocky Top” at 7:30 when Tennessee takes on Missouri.

 

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan 

 

Georgia Football Recruiting: #1 Player in the Nation Was Impressed, UGA to Flip Bama Commit?, and More!


Josh Sweat - Photo courtesy of USA Today

Josh Sweat – Photo courtesy of USA Today

#1 Player Very Impressed With the Bulldogs

Josh Sweat – ☆☆☆☆☆
#1 Overall; #1 WDE; #1 in VA
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
6-5/240

The nation’s number one overall player, Josh Sweat, took his official visit to UGA last weekend, and it seems like he was really impressed. When asked what his favorite part of the trip was, he said “everything” because it was all so good. The game atmosphere really impressed him and he was surprised at how nice everything was. He likes the coaches and people at Georgia a lot, and says he could see himself playing there and being with them. Sweat told reporters that this visit helped UGA a lot.

Sweat still has official visits to Virginia Tech and Florida State before he announces his decision sometime during the first week of December.

Story on Sweat’s trip to Athens here and here.

 

Bama Commit is High on the Dawgs

Ronnie Harrison - Photo courtesy of @Rharr_15

Ronnie Harrison – Photo courtesy of @Rharr_15

Ronnie Harrison – ☆☆☆☆
#183 Overall; #11 S; #27 in FL
Florida State University School (Tallahassee, FL) S
6-3/205

Ronnie Harrison, who has been committed to the Crimson Tide since July, is now strongly considering the Dawgs. Jeremy Pruitt has been going after him hard the last couple of months, and it seems to be paying off. Harrison visited Athens for the Auburn game and was absolutely blown away. He loved everything about his official visit: the game, the atmosphere, eating at Mark Richt’s house, and getting to know the coaches on a more personal level.

He is still committed to Alabama, but says that the Dawgs are right up there with them. Harrison is even considering signing a financial aid agreement with Georgia which would bind them to him, but not the other way around.

Story on Harrison’s visit here and here.

 

4-Star Defensive Tackle Enjoys First Trip to Athens

Albert Huggins - Photo courtesy of @Johnny_Abram3

Albert Huggins – Photo courtesy of @Johnny_Abram3

Albert Huggins – ☆☆☆☆
#77 Overall; #11 DT; #1 in SC
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, SC) DT
6-3/279

One of the Bulldog’s top remaining targets, Albert Huggins, took his first visit to UGA last weekend, and he really enjoyed it. His favorite thing by far about Georgia is the coaching staff. He thinks they are all really good guys, and he also feels assured that they’ll be there for the next few years. It doesn’t sound like things could have gone much better for Huggins, and if I had to guess, I’d say Georgia has a slight lead over Clemson right now.

This will be an interesting player to watch, and it could very well come down to signing day.

Story on Huggins’ visit here.

 

***Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

If you’re looking for a way to watch past Georgia highlights and get access to some other great content, make sure to check out The UGA Vault!

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

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