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Five Must Get Players for UGA
Dawgs 247 Sports released the five “must haves” for 2015, and I agree with all but one. 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 – ☆☆☆☆☆
#5 Overall; #1 WDE; #1 in VA
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
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 – ☆☆☆☆
#54 Overall; #2 OT; #8 in GA
Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA) OT
***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 – ☆☆☆☆
#62 Overall; #7 OLB; #10 in GA
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
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 – ☆☆☆☆
#190 Overall; #21 CB; #7 in LA
Riverdale (Jefferson, LA) CB
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 – ☆☆☆
Not Rated Overall; #44 CB; #42 in GA
Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, GA) CB/WR
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
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Will Muschamp is going to be enjoying that sweet buyout life in a mere two weeks, but the question on everyone’s mind is who will be replacing him in the Swamp. Names have been floated, but nothing concrete has leaked yet.
— DPalm (@dpalm66) November 19, 2014
(If they hire Shanahan, I don’t need any Christmas gifts from anyone ever again)
After the Muschamp patented “Rock Fight” offense, it’s safe to assume that the next hire will possess a prodigious offensive mind, but Foley’s search has to be more considered than that. They need a name that will energize a dilapidated fan base, loosen the purse strings of boosters, and make a splash in recruiting to return the program to prominence. But, the problem is who fits the profile?
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How Make It To Atlanta
If your team is in the lead right now, just win out and you are booking a trip to Atlanta. Georgia needs Mizzou to lose to Rocky Top or Arkansas for the Dawgs to go, and honestly I refuse to root for Tennessee in any matchup. I will root for Arkansas, but I cannot pull myself to root for such an obnoxious/rude fan base. I would not put that on my worst enemy. Here are the SEC Championship scenarios for each team within contention.
After this season we should see some of the most talented players leave our beloved conference, and go on to dominate in the pros. Aside from Todd Gurley, you have guys like Amari Cooper, Shane Ray, Leonard Floyd, who should make an NFL team very happy one day. These guys will be missed on their respective teams, but the SEC will continue to produce top tier talent. Here are the top 10 guys leaving this year.
Heisman Gets A Ticket
Marcus Mariota is clearly the front runner for the Heisman after DAKota Prescott could not get the job done in Tuscaloosa last week, but even the front runner gets a speeding ticket. Imagine if this was in Athens? Mark Richt would be asked if he has lost full control of his team! Mariotta is all about going fast, but I cannot wait to see him be a 3rd string QB next year in the NFL. Here is the full report on his speeding ticket.
Showdown In TTown
The Number One team in the land is playing in Tuscaloosa this weekend, and for the first time in my four years, it will not be the home team. Mississippi State puts their season on the line against a Crimson Tide team that is coming off an emotional win at LSU last Saturday. Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs have struggled the past few weeks with less than impressive opponents, but none-the-less they have the Heisman front runner at QB, and it should prove to be the biggest test of the year for both teams.
My hat is off to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs for a great season up to this point, but they have yet to play in a road environment like Tuscaloosa, with the number one target on their back. Dak Prescott has gotten a lot of headlines, and rightfully so, but people seem to forget he threw two 2nd half interceptions to keep an Auburn team in the game when they should have put the game away a lot earlier. This is the same Auburn secondary that got embarrassed by A&M and South Carolina. Prescott also threw two interceptions against Arkansas, and if Arkansas had a capable QB, then State would have lost easily. Prescott will need to avoid the turnovers against a good Tide defense for the dream season to continue.
Alabama always struggles the week after the LSU game. Call it a hangover if you want, but something seems off each year and that is my deepest fear going into Saturday. Alabama is the best defense Prescott has faced all season, and the most balanced offense State will face for the rest of the season. Blake Sims has continued to improve week to week, and will need to continue his home hot streak against one of the most aggressive front sevens in the the SEC. Alabama has won 13 straight home games, and this will be the 64th consecutive game the Tide has been favored in.
Prediction: Tide 37 State 31
Alabama at home is averaging over 45 points a game, and for some reason teams decide to not guard Amari Cooper in Tuscaloosa. I believe it will be a long day for the Bulldog corner backs, and Blake Sims should have no trouble getting it to his boy Coop all day. The one problem Alabama will have is stopping the QB scrambles on 3rd down. If Dak keeps the chains moving, this will be a knock down, drag out fight till the end. This game can go either way, but in the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny I give the Tide the advantage.
If, like me, you like to get a decent feel for top teams across the nation as we try to project the first College Football Playoff, then I have some friendly advice for you: clear out your DVR, and set about eight games to record this week.
Next week’s schedule does absolutely nothing, as the contenders based on this weeks rankings play, respectively: Vanderbilt, Colorado, Boston College, bye, Western Carolina and Washington State. Ole Miss at Arkansas is the only game that provides even a modicum of intrigue for top-1o teams, and if there was ever justification for going to 9-game conference schedules…yeah, look ahead to next week.
(And there’s my Viewing Guide for the week of Nov. 22.)
Thursday Throwdown (Singular, and It’s a Stretch)
Technically, there are three games on the national networks on Thursday, but only Cal at USC (9, ESPN) is worth taking time out of your busy schedule to watch. And that’s really only worthwhile if you’re into four and a half hour games where something crazy is bound to happen. #PACtion! Sign me up!
Bloodies on North Campus- Noon Games
There are actually ranked vs. ranked games hitting your TV sets early in the day! One involving a Minnesota program, where the only context I have is the following GIF.
1) DISCLOSURE: ***I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY FOR PUTTING A B1G GAME #1, BUT WE DON’T WANT OUR PLAYOFF TAINTED BY OHIO STATE AND URBAN MEYER. ESPECIALLY AN OHIO STATE TEAM THAT GOT DESTROYED AT HOME BY GODAWFUL VIRGINIA TECH*** #8 Ohio State at #25(really?) Minnesota (noon, ABC/ESPN): Go Gophers.
Well his name ain’t Jerry Hug, Iowa.
— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) November 8, 2014
2) #19 Clemson at #22 Georgia Tech (noon, ESPN/ABC): Deshaun Watson is back, and Clemson can prove they’re criminally underranked, and that Georgia Tech is criminally overranked, all in one tidy little football game.
3) South Carolina at Florida (noon, SECN): CFI.
4) Virginia Tech at #21 Duke (noon, ESPNU): Playoff implications, kinda. 2014 is a strange world.
Mid-Afternoon Tilts: Chugging Your Favorite Domestic and Saying “F*** Auburn” Every Third Sentence
There’s one big one you can watch on mute due to the announcers, and a bunch if you have a second TV and no radio.
1) #1 CLANGA at #5 Alabama (3:30, CBS): I said it yesterday: Clangabama sounds like an EDM band comprised of handbells.
2-5) Not bothering to post context for any of these games, although all have varying levels of playoff/SEC/hilarity interest: Washington at #14 Arizona (3:30, FOX), #16 Nebraska at #20 Wisconsin (3:30, ABC) — okay, one sidenote: Nebraska had a bye and dropped three spots in the CFP rankings. LOL B1G! – Kentucky at Tennessee (4, SECN), where someone gets to or close to bowl-eligible.
A #5? There was supposed to be a fifth game? Oklahoma at Texas Tech (4, ESPN) may be fun. Northwestern at Notre Dame (3:30, NBC), as always, if you’re into that kind of crap.
Lights On, Sun Down, Bourbon in Flasks- Go Dawgs
1) #9 Auburn at #15 Georgia (7:15, ESPN): If you’re not among the 92,746 at Sanford Stadium, you may miss kickoff for OU/TT…so, yeah. I guess that’s game #2.
2) #3 Florida State at da U (8, ABC): Wherein Miami exceeds its combined attendance for the whole season in one game. People smarter than I think Miami can/should/will win this game.
3) Mizzou at #24 Texas A&M (7:30, SECN): Go Aggies.
4) #17 LSU at Arkansas (8, ESPN2): Overdue Arkansas. Two plodding offenses. Arkansas should’ve won last year. LSU is confusing. Les Miles. Fun.
Enjoy the games, folks!