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ICYMI Georgia Football Recruiting: Dawgs Land HUGE 4-Star Receiver – UGA becoming Wide Receiver “U”?


Darius Slayton - Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Darius Slayton – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
#144 Overall; #18 WR; #16 in GA
Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, GA) WR
6-2/1982

Georgia is doing something this year that they’ve had a very hard time doing in the past: Securing the borders. Mark Richt and his staff are going after the elite prospects in the state of Georgia and they are snagging almost all of them. The latest? 4-Star wide receiver, Darius Slayton, out of Greater Atlanta Christian. Slayton made a surprise commitment to the Dawgs Thursday morning at his Army All-American jersey presentation:

I don’t care what the recruiting sites say about Slayton, he is an elite athlete with 4.4 speed who will be a phenomenal player at the college level. I’ve watched the film, I’ve watched him in person, and I can promise you that he is severely underrated. Slayton plays wide receiver, cornerback, running back, kick returner, and punt returner for GAC, but once he arrives in Athens, I expect him to primarily play receiver. He has tremendous speed, great instincts, and excels at going up and catching the ball at its highest point. Earlier I saw that another writer on the site compared him to former Bulldog, Tavarres King, and although their playing styles are quite similar, Slayton is faster, more dangerous, and has, in my opinion, a much higher ceiling.

I’ve said for months that Slayton was a must get for the Bulldogs, and it seems like I’m not the only one who realizes how huge his commitment is:

The pickup of Slayton now gives the Bulldogs their 25th overall commitment and 6th commitment at wide receiver (One 5-star, Four 4-stars, and One 3-star), a position of great need. Georgia’s recruiting class now sits at #3 on Rivals, #3 on 247 Sports, and #2 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.

Check out his Slayton’s junior highlights here.

Stories on his commitment here, here, here.

 

***Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Georgia Football Recruiting: Dawgs Land HUGE 4-Star Receiver – UGA becoming Wide Receiver “U”?


Darius Slayton - Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Darius Slayton – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
#144 Overall; #18 WR; #16 in GA
Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, GA) WR
6-2/1982

Georgia is doing something this year that they’ve had a very hard time doing in the past: Securing the borders. Mark Richt and his staff are going after the elite prospects in the state of Georgia and they are snagging almost all of them. The latest? 4-Star wide receiver, Darius Slayton, out of Greater Atlanta Christian. Slayton made a surprise commitment to the Dawgs this morning at his Army All-American jersey presentation:

I don’t care what the recruiting sites say about Slayton, he is an elite athlete with 4.4 speed who will be a phenomenal player at the college level. I’ve watched the film, I’ve watched him in person, and I can promise you that he is severely underrated. Slayton plays wide receiver, cornerback, running back, kick returner, and punt returner for GAC, but once he arrives in Athens, I expect him to primarily play receiver. He has tremendous speed, great instincts, and excels at going up and catching the ball at its highest point. Earlier I saw that another writer on the site compared him to former Bulldog, Tavarres King, and although their playing styles are quite similar, Slayton is faster, more dangerous, and has, in my opinion, a much higher ceiling.

I’ve said for months that Slayton was a must get for the Bulldogs, and it seems like I’m not the only one who realizes how huge his commitment is:

The pickup of Slayton now gives the Bulldogs their 25th overall commitment and 6th commitment at wide receiver (One 5-star, Four 4-stars, and One 3-star), a position of great need. Georgia’s recruiting class now sits at #3 on Rivals, #3 on 247 Sports, and #2 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.

Check out his Slayton’s junior highlights here.

Stories on his commitment here, here, here.

 

***Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Crootin': The SEC Is DOMINATING Recruiting And Its Not Even Close


Changing Of The Guard? 

A recent conference power poll had the Big-12 ranked ahead of the SEC for the first time in 7 years. The only reason I think this happened, is because the ACC went 4-0 against the SEC East this past weekend, and that is the first time that has happened in a long time. There is no reason to panic however, because the SEC currently has 10 of the top 25 recruiting classes (rivals.com).

 

  • Alabama (1st overall class)

  • Georgia (3rd overall class)

  • Tennessee (5th overall class)

  • Texas A&M (6th overall class)

  • South Carolina (8th overall class)

  • Auburn (12th overall class)

  • Mississippi State (14th overall class)

  • LSU (17th overall class)

  • Arkansas (20th overall class)

  • Ole Miss (23rd overall class)

Still Dominant

The SEC makes up half of the top 10, and 45% of the top 20. The SEC haters out there will have to endure a lot of pain in the coming years due to the SEC just reloading, but if there is a year for another conference to win the playoff, it might be this year. There is a possibility that the Big12 get two teams in the playoff is all hell breaks loose in front of them, and that would almost guarantee them a spot in the National Championship (depending on seeding).

I fully expect the SEC (aka: Alabama) to win the National Title, not only on the field, but the recruiting National Title as well. The other conferences just need to cope with the fact that high school kids want to come and play in the best conference, with the best coaches, and the most national exposure in the NCAA.

 

-Alex

 

Is the ACC Stronger than the SEC after 4-0 Weekend?


The ACC and the SEC both have two divisions.  If I want to be overly generic, each conference has a strong division and a week division.  In the ACC, the Atlantic division is Strong and the Coastal division is Weak.  In the SEC, the West is Strong and the East is Weak.

With that—and external data like division standings—in mind, the ACC’s “Sweep” of the SEC was really rather mundane this past weekend.

Here’s how the games looked at first glance:

  • ACC Florida State defeated SEC Florida.
  • ACC Clemson defeated SEC South Carolina.
  • ACC Louisville defeated SEC Kentucky.
  • ACC Georgia Tech defeated SEC Georgia.

 

But with some context, here’s what actually happened:

  • ACC Strong No. 1 defeated SEC Weak No. 3 by a score of 24-19 at home.
  • ACC Strong No 2. defeated SEC Weak No 4. 35-17 at home.
  • ACC Strong No. 3 defeated SEC Weak No. 6 44-40 at home.
  • ACC Weak No. 1 defeated SEC Weak No 2. on the road in overtime.

 

Which of those games was stunning?  Which of those outcomes were unanticipated?  Maybe all of them, but we aren’t comparing apples to apples in these matchups.  If we were:

  • Florida would have played 6-6 North Carolina instead of 12-0 Florida State.
  • South Carolina would have played 6-6 Pittsburgh instead of 9-3 Clemson.
  • Kentucky would have played 6-6 Virginia Tech instead of 9-3 Louisville.
  • Georgia would have played 9-3 Duke instead of 10-2 Georgia Tech.

 

Oh, and three of the four games wouldn’t have been on the road for the SEC.

So before you rally behind the ACC, ask yourself:

  • Would Florida State, the best team in the better division of the ACC, really beat Alabama, the best team in the SEC’s best division?  It’s possible, but Alabama beat the tar out of Florida (42-21) and FSU did not.
  • Would Clemson, the second-best team in the ACC’s weaker division, beat up on Georgia, the second-best team in the SEC’s weaker division?  No.  We don’t have to guess on this one.  Georgia beat Clemson 45-21.
  • Would Louisville, the third-best team in the ACC’s weaker division, really run through Florida, the SEC East’s third-best team?  I have no clue.  But seeing as Florida beat Kentucky by a larger margin than Louisville and played Florida State closer than Louisville, I can’t quite bet against the Gators.
  • And would Georgia Tech, the top seed in the ACC’s weaker division, whoop up on Missouri, the top contender from the SEC East?  To be speculate: it’s unlikely.  If there’s one thing we know about Missouri after the past six games, it’s that the Tigers don’t make stupid mistakes—you know, they type Georgia made time and time again against the Yellow Jackets.  Mizzou needed to go 6-0 in conference play to close out the season, and they did just that.  There was no margin for error and they made no errors.

 

So congratulations to the ACC.  You swept the weekend.  Teams much higher in your hierarchy beat lowly SEC teams.  You win.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

 

Mark Richt The Favorite For Nebraska Job, Preseason Polls Looking Pretty Good Right Now, And More


Evil Richt To Nebraska?

Don’t count on it. Mark Richt is listed as one of the favorites for the Nebraska job according to Vegas, but Richt was asked in his weekly press conference about it and he demolished all doubts about his future at UGA. For those wanting Richt gone, looks like you will have to hope he retires soon because he is not going anywhere anytime soon. Here are the full odds for the Nebraska head coaching position.

 

Preseason Poll Spot On

After all the criticism of the preseason polls (mainly by me), it looks as if I will have to eat my words. It seems as if the “experts” have almost got it spot on from the first preseason, to week 15. The most laughable part of the preseason is Auburn and Oklahoma. Just wait till you see how high they had these two teams before the season, you will be rolling with laughter. Here is the comparison.

Freeze Not Going Anywhere

You can take Hugh Freeze off the list of possible head coaches for the Florida vacancy, because Ole Miss has just offered him a nice extension. I personally thought that Freeze would be a disaster hire for the Gators, so I am a little disappointed they did not try to counter offer Ole Miss. This off season will be very interesting with how the new coaching vacancies will be filled. Here are the details of the new Hugh Freeze contract.

 

-Alex

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