Georgia Recruiting: WR Position in Danger?


I don’t know what to make of Georgia’ recruitment of the wide receiver position.

I already regret that wording as it implies that the coaching staff has done something wrong in talent evaluation and pursuit—which I don’t think is the case.  More aptly: I don’t know which wide receivers will sign with Georgia.

I wrote about the position group at Bleacher Report yesterday morning and the situation has already changed with Shaq Wilson’s flip to West Virginia.  In theory, Georgia could still hold on to Terry Godwin (5-star), Darius Slayton (4-star), Jayson Stanley (4-star) and Michael Chigbu (3-star) while adding someone (perhaps 3-star Terrell Chatman).  But at this point, that’s the best  case scenario.

I wrote about the significance of Van Jefferson’s decommitment a few weeks ago and critics bemoaned my “overreaction.”  I get it: Commitments aren’t contracts and they’re subject to change.  But they still hold more often than not.  As such, losing the No. 11 receiver in the country (per 247Sports) was not a good thing then and it’s still not a good thing now.  And my fear at the time (a disconnect between the new coaching staff’s expedited efforts to get to know recruits) could be coming to fruition given Wilson’s defection.

Shaq Wilson, an athlete who could play DB or WR, was going to get a chance at WR at Georgia.  So, the fact that West Virginia “wanted” him at wide receiver doesn’t necessarily equate to an excuse for “understanding” why he flipped.  I’ve said this before, teenage kids should be able to play football wherever they damn please.  If Morgantown made more sense for Wilson, he should be there.  I’m not questioning his decision.  I’m questioning—or perhaps just wondering—what contributed to his decision.  And I’m fearing that there may be something thematic there.

Recruiting is, at least in part, about momentum.  I’m not sure Georgia has much momentum as national signing day approaches.  Godwin is getting the full court press from little-man Nick Saban, and that’s never a good thing.  Auburn is after Darius Slayton in a big way, and he probably hasn’t had time to realize that the Bulldogs have outscored the Tigers 155-57 over the past four years and won nine of the last 13 battles in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.  Those things make me nervous.

I’m not completely convinced Georgia is in trouble at the receiver position, but if Godwin and Slayton go elsewhere things could get really thin for wide receiver group that returns the following:

  • Just 57 total receptions in 2014 (26% of all Georgia completions)
  • One player with more than six catches in 2014 (Malcolm Mitchell with 31)
  • No players with more than 250 receiving yards in 2014

 

Godwin, Slayton and others will be counted on to help out immediately.  But Van Jefferson would have been equally depended on.  And given that immediate need, it seems like Wilson would have had a legitimate chance to compete early on as well.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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Posted on January 29, 2015, in Blog, Georgia Bulldogs, SEC, The UGA Vault. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Think we hold on to Godwin and Slayton. I think UGA cleans up in 2016 with Jacob Eason coming in. UGA should have some serious firepowerover the next couple of years or so.

  2. The recruiting media, and even some of our own alumni, are killing us with this BS that we are going to go to a pure “running” offense. Does that freaking idiot at the bleacher report really think that ANY OC from the NFL would opt for a purely “running oriented” offense? Furthermore, does anyone think that Mark Richt would endorse that philosophy?
    Ever since Coach Richt came to Georgia, we have had a very potent passing attack. That will NOT change unless we don’t have a the ability to pass the ball. We ARE going to run the ball, but we do not want to run Nick Chubb to death or it will hurt us at the end of the season. Mark Richt has always striven to have a balanced offense, and that will NEVER change. He understands that a modern offense has to be able to exploit whatever a modern defense gives you.
    One last thing, Fran Tarkenton has been one of my heroes, but I am starting to lose respect for him. He boasts about being a booster and contributor and then he adds, in the same breath, that he thinks our new OC was a mistake. His opinion is that we need to go to a spread/zone-read/fast-paced scheme. I would say to Fran: ” Please donate your money to help us, but keep your opinions within the booster and athletic Department. It is NOT about YOU, Fran.”

  3. You ARE a nervous nelly!! IF we hold on to those WRs cited in your comments we will be well represented in the pass catching stats. The stats you cited weren’t the result of WRs but play selection by the OC for reasons known to him. It’s bloogers like you that seem to be constantly trying to incite the fan base. Just cool it and let the coaches coach…relax and learn to enjly Georgia football…not try to denigrate it at every turn.

    • Who said anything about me not enjoying Georgia football? I hope Georgia DOES get everyone currently committed but two players who could have played WR over the past two weeks have decommitted and we don’t exactly have a ton coming back in that area. That doesn’t mean the shortcoming is irreplacable, but strike out on NSD and lose two guys as productive as Bennett and Conley (their production was NOT a bad thing) and the passing game could be in trouble with a new QB. I don’t think that’s an outlandish sentiment.

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