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Georgia Football: Five Vital Uncommitted Targets, Apologies to Miss Jackson and Difficult Household Names


If you want more thoughts, check out my writing here, but let’s get down to brass tacks.

  1. CeCe Jefferson – This is a long shot.  He’s likely Bama-bound.  But if I’m pitching him, I’m using three sets of two words: Lorenzo Carter. Run Stopper. Playing Time.  And I’m tossing in a “pleeeeeaaase.”
  2. Roquan Smith – Dude can play any linebacker position and given his build (not all that rangy) and existing depth at his natural position (OLB), why not sell him on immediate contention for a spot at middle linebacker?  Eleventy billion combined tackles from those two spots are gone thanks to the departure of Amarlo and Ramik.  Don’t tell me a Top 50 overall player (per 247Sports Composite) couldn’t fill that gap.
  3. Donte Jackson – Donte could be the most important Jackon in the state since Outkast issued a musical apology to Miss Jackson in 2001.  He’s undersized but ridiculously athletic and shifty (think Isaiah McKenzie at DB) and could do work under Pruitt.
  4. Chidi Valentine-Okeke – Valentine-Okeke could become the weirdest household name around if he lives up to his potential and his size.  Georgia’s a great place for him as he’ll need extra time to transition from tiny-school ball to the SEC.  With four returning starters and both tackles from 2014 still around, Chidi could learn for a year.
  5. Patrick Allen – Allen was a commit to Georgia then reopened recruiting after Bobo left.  He’s more polished than Valentine-Okeke but is ceiling isn’t as high.  I could see him playing anywhere on the line though (even center) and Georgia will need depth on the line in 2015.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

 

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


Donte Jackson - Photo courtesy of The AJC

Donte Jackson – Photo courtesy of The AJC

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
Michael Barnett ***☆☆☆☆
Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.) SDE
6-5/258
Rashad Roundtree☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
6-1/195
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
6-2/218
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
6-2/182
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
6-4/220
Juwan Briscoe – ☆☆☆
Thomas Stone (Waldorf, MD) CB
6-0/182
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
Johnathan Abram *** – ☆☆☆
East Marion (Columbia, MS) S
6-1/202
Jarvis Wilson *** – ☆☆☆
Tupelo (Tupelo, MS) S
6-2/197
Chuks Amaechi *** – ☆☆☆
Westview JUCO (Yuma, AZ) OLB
6-3/220
Rodrigo Blankenship – ☆☆
Sprayberry (Marietta, GA) K
6-1/188
* Will walk on to team in 2015. Will receive scholarship once Marshall Morgan graduates at the end of the season.

Will Get:

Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
6-2/205

Good Shot At:

Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
5-11/175
Chidi Valentine-Okeke – ☆☆☆☆☆
Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA) OT
6-6/305
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
6-5/286

Rico McGraw – ☆☆☆☆
Ensworth (Nashville, TN) S, CB
6-0/190

Javarius Davis – ☆☆☆
Ed White (Jacksonville, FL) ATH
5-10/173

Will Not Get, But Dawgs Will Be Close:

Arden Key – ☆☆☆☆
Hapeville Charter (Lithonia, GA) WDE
6-5/230

 

*** Enrolled

Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Georgia’s Biggest Offensive Concern is not the Vacant Coordinator Position


Don’t get me wrong.  The O.C. hire matters, and as candidates continue to emerge and rumors continue to swirl we’ll weigh in.

But Georgia’s biggest concern heading into the offseason is quarterback position.

Hutson Mason was great this year.  You can sit there and tell me otherwise all day long, but I won’t listen.

In his lone season as the starter he finished 10th nationally in passer rating (second in the SEC) and eighth in completion percentage (first in the SEC, school record).  For a quarterback who was primarily called upon to hand the football off to Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, those figures are pretty damn good.  Along the way he tossed 21 touchdowns and threw only four interceptions.  Only one quarterback in the country threw more touchdown passes than Mason while also throwing fewer than five interceptions and that quarterback won the Heisman Trophy.

If individual statistics don’t press your buttons, then team statistics should.  Georgia set a school record for points scored despite missing out on an extra game via a conference championship.  The Bulldogs finished the season eighth in the nation in points per game at 41.3, a figure that ranks sixth among major conference schools and first (by nearly 4.5 points) in the SEC.

Hutson Mason was good.  You can’t convince me otherwise—not even with bogus anecdotal evidence.

Mason was good and he was kind of expected to be.  As a true freshman his first ever pass was a touchdown. He completed more than 60 percent of his passes in both his sophomore and redshirt junior seasons.  Prior to starting the final two games of 2013 and all of 2014, Mason had completed 51 of 82 passes (62.2 percent) for 705 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

There’s not another Hutson Mason waiting in the wings.  For some fans, that sounds like great news.  They ignore things like statistical performance, leadership and offensive results and focus narrow-mindedly on what they want: Brice Ramsey and his seemingly limitless potential.

My beef with Ramsey is this: He’s erratic.

Before we dive into what I mean by that, I will grant that he is young and inexperienced.  But it should also be be noted that every quarterback on the planet who has not started a collegiate game is inexperienced.  The numbers quoted above for Mason’s first 82 attempts came when he was inexperienced.  Further, Ramsey has been on campus for two full calendar years.  He’s not that young anymore.

At times, Ramsey has looked phenomenal.  His arm strength, which is (for better or worse) always on display, pops.  He hit on all five pass attempts against Kentucky while racking up 80 yards and a score.  He was never better than that performance.

  • In his collegiate debut against Troy, Ramsey threw for 66 yards and a touchdown but completed just 50 percent of his passes.
  • Against Vanderbilt he hit two of four passes for 31 yards and no touchdowns.
  • He completed his lone pass attempt against Missouri for 13 yards.
  • He hit two-thirds of his 12 attempts against Charleston Southern but he threw an interception.
  • Against Louisville, he hit on just four of nine attempts, racked up only 51 yards and tossed a pick.

Ramsey has a big arm.  A huge arm even.  But he hasn’t—over the course of two years in Athens—learned how to use it.

For all his unteachable, cannon-like ways, inaccuracy and poor decision making has haunted him.  Despite having the strongest arm the Bulldogs have seen since Matthew Stafford and a tendency to take more shots downfield than Mason, Ramsey averaged just 8.5 yards per attempt this season.  Throw out the perfect performance against Kentucky and that average falls to 7.4.

We don’t know what Ramsey might become.  From a natural gifts standpoint he could contend for a Heisman Trophy.  But that seems more like fantasy than reality at this juncture.

Ramsey didn’t throw the football often in high school at Camden County.  Despite being the best passer in the state (in theory), he wasn’t an All-State selection (just honorable mention).  As a senior he threw for just 1,396 yards.  As a comparison, Mason threw for over 4,500 yards as a high school senior and redshirt freshman Jacob Park threw for 3,665.  Again, this doesn’t mean that Mason and Park were better high school players and better collegiate prospects than Ramsey; it just means they threw the ball a hell of a lot more.

But combine Ramsey’s limited experience as a pro-style, passing quarterback in high school with inconsistent showings at the tail-end of his second year in Athens, and it’s possible Ramsey isn’t a Heisman winner or even an All-SEC performer or even a starter for a Top 10 program.

That’s not what fans want to hear right now and it’s not what I want to believe, but for the first time since Aaron Murray took over as a redshirt freshman in 2010, I have doubts about who will step up under center.

I haven’t addressed Faton Bauta and Park at length, because I trust the coaching staff (including departed Bobo).  If Ramsey was getting playing time this year over those two fellows, it’s because he was the best option behind Ramsey.  Obviously, that could change as well.  But at this point, I don’t know what to expect.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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Georgia Football Recruiting: **Breaking** Dawgs Top Buckeyes for Speedy Cornerback


Juwuan Briscoe

Juwuan Briscoe – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Juwuan Briscoe – ☆☆☆☆
NR Overall; #31 CB; #6 in MD
Thomas Stone (Waldorf, MD) CB
6-1/185

Georgia’s 2015 defensive class received another huge boost as speedy cornerback, Juwuan Briscoe, committed to the Dawgs Thursday afternoon. Briscoe, who de-committed from Clemson back in November, chose Georgia over Ohio State, due largely to his official visit to Athens.

The first thing that stands out about Briscoe is his blazing speed. He was laser timed earlier this year and ran a 4.43, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t really run a 4.4 or below. Don’t believe me? Check out his senior highlights:

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3045961/highlights/180208375

The pickup of Briscoe now gives the Bulldogs their 26th overall commitment and 6th commitment at defensive back (one 5-star, one 4-star, and four 3-stars), a position of great need. Georgia’s recruiting class now sits at #3 on Rivals, #3 on 247 Sports, and #3 on ESPN. This is shaping up to be the best class UGA has ever put together, and there are still a lot of other big names out there that the Dawgs have a great shot of landing.

 

Story on his commitment here.

 

***Rankings from Rivals.com

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Georgia Football: Bobo’s Departure Indicative of Positive Trend


For the first time in quite a while a Georgia assistant was hired into a promotion.

Todd Grantham got more money.  Rodney Garner got more money.  Willie Martinez got the boot.

Mike Bobo got a promotion.

That’s a positive thing and arguably the best testament to what Bobo did with Georgia’s offense.  I wrote along these lines at length here, but if Georgia can make another strong hire (and they did less than a year ago with Jeremy Pruitt) this program could continue its upward momentum from a bottoming-out in 2010.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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