Georgia Football Recruiting: **NO MORE POOCH KICKS** Dawgs Land Another 2015 Army All-American


Rodrigo Blankenship – Photo courtesy of footballuniversity.com

Rodrigo Blankenship – ☆☆
#2092 Overall; #9 K; #192 in GA
Sprayberry (Marietta, GA) K
6-1/180

The Bulldogs picked up their 26th commitment this morning when Rodrigo Blankenship, the 9th ranked kicker in the country, announced that he would be a Dawg. Blankenship will not take up a scholarship in this class, however, as he is going to come into Georgia as a preferred walk-on and receive a scholarship his sophomore (redshirt freshman) year after Marshall Morgan graduates.

What stands out about Blankenship? Let’s just say Richt will have no excuse for the pooch kicks anymore.

 

Story on Blankenship here.

 

***Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

Georgia Football: Dawgs Catching Some NFL Breaks?


In case you missed it over the weekend, Georgia picked up five of its most important commits for the 2015 season. They’re not guys you’ll see on the impressive list of 2015 commitments on Rivals or Scout, they’re much, MUCH more important.

In addition to Leonard Floyd (who spent much of the year in the top half of many pundits’ draft boards), another edge rusher in Jordan Jenkins announced his 2015 return. As if the two of them and super freshman Lorenzo Carter weren’t horrifying enough this season. I expect the trio to spend a lot more time on the field together next year, as Jenkins proved in November his aptitude as a hand-on-the-ground end. That’s a damn shame for SEC offenses.

On offense, two cogs to Georgia’s most underrated unit (the OL) are back. Kolton Houston, long a victim of NCAA stupidity, was granted a 6th year of eligibility by the governing body that robbed him of three. His left side counterpart John Theus is also set to return, meaning 4 of 5 starters from an O-line that dominated almost every opponent played this year are back.

Last but not least, Malcolm Mitchell will be back for a fifth year, and I expect him to blow up in 2015. He was never quite healthy this year after his 2013-ending ACL injury at Clemson, but started to emerge as the Mitchell of old as the season wore on. His return will go a long ways to offsetting the departures of Chris Conley and Michael Bennett.

We haven’t reached the offseason yet, so the random rash of attrition that we know is coming hasn’t hit. With these guys returning, though, we get to start 2015 at plus-5.

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Playoffs? We Talkin ‘Bout Playoffs???


Daniel Palmer (@dpalm66 on Twitter) and Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy) get on the line to briefly talk Georgia football and take a deep dive into the College Football Playoff.

 

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Georgia Football Recruiting: Dawgs Miss on Nation’s Top Player


Josh Sweat, the nation’s #1 recruit per 247Sports, will not be a Bulldog.  He’ll be a Seminole.

 

That’s all I have to say about that.  How’s that for analysis?

Georgia Football Recruiting: 5-Star Josh Sweat to Announce Decision Tomorrow


Josh Sweat - Photo courtesy of recruit757.com

Josh Sweat – Photo courtesy of recruit757.com

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

5-Star defensive end, Josh Sweat, will be committing tomorrow at 10 a.m. at his high school. This one is really too close to call. People close to Georgia say the Bulldogs have the edge. People close to FSU say the Criminoles have the edge. And people close to Virginia Tech say the Hokies have the edge. If I had to guess right now I’d give UGA the slight edge because of Sweat’s mom’s concern with the way Florida State is being run and all the bad press they’ve been getting lately. That being said, she did say it would be Josh’s decision alone.

Sweat would certainly be a HUGE addition to this 2015 class, but Georgia fans shouldn’t be that upset if the Dawgs don’t land him. He’s not as important to this class as Trenton Thompson, Terry Godwin, or even some of the other receivers UGA has landed. Sweat would make the Georgia pass rush even more terrifying, but the Dawgs certainly aren’t lacking when it comes to defensive ends/outside linebacker pass rushers. Regardless of what happens, you have to give the Georgia staff and Kevin Sherrer, in particular, credit for even getting Georgia (the only SEC school he’s considering) into Sweat’s top-3.

 

***Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

Check back daily for more recruiting updates!

Jonathan

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