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Georgia Football Recruiting: **Big News** STUD 4-Star RB Likely to Commit to Dawgs, #1 2016 5-Star HIGH On UGA, and More
Recruiting Quick Hits
Jaqua Daniels, someone I’ve thought would be a Bulldog lock since Dawg Night, says that he will likely be committing this month and that the Dawgs are his leader. Daniels, from Athens, always speaks highly of the local team and loved his time at the Clemson game. This will be a big time pickup for the Dawgs and will add to their already stellar 2016 class. With Georgia likely not taking a running back in 2015, Daniels will be filling a big need.
Story on Daniels here.
JaQua Daniels highlights here.
The Eason Effect
Georgia already has commitments from the #2 player and #3 player in the nation in Jacob Eason and Ben Cleveland, and now they’re going after #1. Nate Craig, the 5-star wide receiver committed to the Auburn Tigers is starting to receive a lot of attention from the Bulldogs, and not just from the coaches. Jacob Eason is going after Craig hard, and it seems to be having an effect. Craig says he’d love to play with an elite quarterback like Eason and will continue to build a strong relationship with him. This will certainly be an interesting player to keep your eyes on, and if the Bulldogs could flip him, this 2016 class could wind up being the best in Bulldog history.
Story on Nate Craig and Georgia here.
Nate Craig Junior Highlights here:
UGA Coaches on the Road
UGA coaches are on the road today to check out some big time high school recruits, and this is where they’ll be.
Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
Jonathan Ledbetter – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
Natrez Patrick – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
Jackson Harris – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
Christian Owens – ☆☆☆☆
Griffin (Griffin, GA) WR
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
Quincy Vasser – ☆☆☆
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)
Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
Rashad Roundtree – ☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
Micah Abernathy – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) CB
Emanuel McGirt – ☆☆☆☆
Hillside (Durham, NC) OT
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
***Walker loved his visit to Athens and has been very high on the Dawgs ever since. This will be a Georgia/Auburn battle, but I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t end up going with the Red & Black.
Good Shot At:
Will Not Get, But Close:
Chuma Edoga – ☆☆☆☆☆
McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) OT
***I really thought Chuma had a good chance of flipping his commitment from USC, but yesterday he signed his financial aid agreement with the Trojans. Now, this is non-binding, and he still could flip, but I’m gonna say that he holds solid with the commitment.
Antonio Callaway – ☆☆☆
Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OT
***This is an iffy one for me. He named Georgia in his top 3 along with Florida and LSU, but with so many wide receivers already committed to the Dawgs, I think he’ll choose to go elsewhere.
**Rankings from 247 Sports Composite
Check back daily for more recruiting updates!
For obvious reasons, this week’s viewing guide is a melancholy one. As I write this introduction, I honestly have no clue what time Georgia plays Troy. I’ll just assume they kick off at noon a la every non-power 5 game in Sanford Stadium, and hope for the best, but there is finally some compelling conference play spreading around college football this week.
Thursday- The JUCO Bowl
1. #5 Auburn at #20 Kansas State, 7:30, ESPN: Bill Snyder, for years, has been the guy who turns JUCO players’ lives around, creates a winning culture and positive juju everywhere, and is all-around awesome. Auburn, no matter who the coach, wins with people that are difficult to like. ADVANTAGE K-STATE GO MANHATTAN GO WILDCATS.
Seriously. How many times is Connecticut or some other irrelevant northeasternly team going to play on Friday night? Is it because the high schools up there produce zero talent? (Yes.) South Florida is their opponent.
is south florida supposed to be a penis or an upside down middle finger please help i want to get it right pic.twitter.com/UB0mPMjr9F
— Lana Berry (@Lana) September 13, 2014
Noon- Best of the year, still like a 3.5/10
1. Only for purposes of this blog and getting to see some depth, Troy at #13 Georgia. SEC Network. Get Todd his 100 and 2 TD’s and get him out.
2. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, ESPN: This is, almost without fail, a close game between two excruciating offenses and stubborn defenses, with two ugly coaches and ugly fanbases to boot. Having said that, this game almost always decides the ACC Coastal, to which I say:
3. … Iowa at Pitt (ESPNU)? Bowling Green at #18 Wisconsin (ESPN2)…? Luckily, they’re both on your cable package between the two watchable games. Unfortunately? Well, <see .GIF above>
1. Florida at #2 Alabama, CBS: Jinxin’ Uncle Verne (I’m sorry, Marshall Morgan) and Gary go to Tuscaloosa and talk about an ‘are they back?’ Florida team who needed 3 OT’s to beat Kentucky at home. An early Blake Sims turnover causes Verne gastrointestinal issues. Hilarity ensues. Must-watch.
2. Virginia at #21 BYU, ESPN: BYU beat Texas, who lost to UCLA, who beat Virginia. Virginia competed against said UCLA team whom Texas kept close and BYU blew out. Virginia also beat a game Louisville team, and….whew. Too much transitive similarity for week 4.
3. #25 North Carolina at East Carolina, ESPNU: Gulp.
ECU is about to beat ranked ACC teams twice in the next 8 days.
— Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) September 13, 2014
4. #6 Texas A&M at SMU: June Jones got out JUST in time. GREAT HUSTLE, JUNE! Way to get ahead for the Florida job! A&M may outgain the Mustangs by 800 yards, so if you’re into snuff films…
MORBID CURIOUSITY PICKS: Almost-SEC-birdfeed-killer UMass takes their hijinks on the road to Happy Valley at 4, while Mizzou continues to make me think it’s in the B1G with a home date with Indiana.
Saturday, in the park, it definitely isn’t 4th of July
1. #22 Clemson at #1 Florida State, 8pm, ABC: God, I can see it now: “WE BEAT CLEMSON AND THEY BEAT THE CHAMPS SO SCREW THAT LOSS TO SOUTH CAROLINA!” Twitter Chad is viciously attacking the first tweet of that ilk if this happens.
2. Mississippi State at #8 LSU, 7pm, ESPN: I get a funny feeling about this one. I know Dan Mullen never beats anyone worth writing about, but maybe a September matchup in Death Valley against a young LSU team is the perfect time to get them… Either way, this officially starts ‘SEC West beats itself right out of the playoff and everyone goes bananas’ season.
3. #4 Oklahoma at West Virginia, 7:30, FOX: Boomer Sooner COULD be on upset alert here against a WVU team who seems to be back to coherence like a hungover Dana Holgerson’s fourth cup of coffee.
4. Miami at #24 Nebraska, 8, the de’U’ce: NEBRASKA IS STILL RANKED?!?! Even though it took the miracle below to beat McNeese State? Ugh, B1G.
5. #14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 7, SECNetwork: Tonight, we are all Commodores. Insert terrible ‘brick house’ joke here.
ENJOY THE GAMES, FOLKS!
Lots of movement in Week 3. A perfect week of picks sent Ashley to the top of the leaderboard while a rough showing for Daniel sent him tumbling. As you’ll see, we continue to anticipate Florida playing Idaho each and every week and we continue to expect Florida to win that matchup. Here are the current standings as well as the picks for Week 4:
- Ashley: 31
- Johnny: 31
- Chad: 30
- Andrew: 29
- Daniel: 29
- Jason: 27
- Alex: 26
More Bad News for Georgia Special Teams, Tennessee Sucks at Football and Other Things Learned From Advanced Punting Statistics
Yesterday, I introduced the Total Punter Rating (hereafter: TPR; pronounced phonetically: Topper) as a way to examine the punting controversy that could have been at Vanderbilt University. Punting volatility, I determined, was holding Vandy back.
As it turns out, so is generally mediocre punting. I analyzed every single SEC punt through the first three weeks and ran each effort through the gauntlet as described here. Vanderbilt—shocking as this may be—is a below average SEC team when it comes to punting. The Commodores’ 41.4 season-long TPR ranks 12th in the conference and trails the league average by 1.866 points.
This data is even more fascinating when analyzed on a weekly basis. So hold on to your seats!
Perhaps the most impressive statistic out of all this is that neither Ole Miss or Alabama punted during Week 2, and both the Crimson Tide and the Rebels competed that week (albeit against inferior opponents).
Further, Alabama has punted just four times in three games. I don’t think you all appreciate how rare that level of production is. Someday you’ll tell your grand children about it. If you don’t, I will.
With weekly performance in mind, it’s unfortunate for Georgia that one of the more wildly inconsistent punting teams in the conference (South Carolina) is already off the schedule. So much for capitalizing as the Gamecocks’ fought off the hangover of a ridiculous 60+ TPR performance (on just one punt) against ECU! That may have been the biggest missed opportunity of them all for the Bulldogs.
The performances of Alabama and Ole Miss are eerily similar thanks to strong starts in Week 1, zeros (the positive kind brought by no punts) in Week 2 and below average showings in Week 3.
And Arkansas looks like a team to watch thanks to its respectable start and consistent rise since the season’s opening week. The Razorbacks’ last five punts have yielded a TPR of 48.0, which would rank third in the conference.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Volunteers appear to be in a world of hurt on several levels. First and foremost, their TPR for the season is a meager 39.318 (13th in the conference). They’ve cracked a TPR of 40 (It’s like the Mendoza Line in baseball, but we’re calling it the Darr Marker) just once in three contests. And to make things worse, punter Matt Darr has been used exorbitantly.
Butch Jones is all about them punts like that one chick is all about that bass.
Butch Jones : Punts :: Meghan Trainor : That Bass
Meghan Trainor: Treble :: Matt Darr : Competent Punting
Seriously, this is a really bad punting conversation to be having. Not a good look, Tennessee. You can’t be that bad at punting and punt twice as often as the league average. Well, I guess you can—if you want a fifth consecutive losing season.
That’s all I got/