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***EXCLUSIVE*** Interview with Elite 4-Star ATH Marquez Callaway: Where do the Dawgs stand?


Marquez Callaway - Photo courtesy of robinsfootball.com

Marquez Callaway – Photo courtesy of robinsfootball.com

Marquez Callaway – ☆☆☆☆
#55 Overall; #3 ATH; #7 in GA
Warner Robins (Warner Robins, GA) ATH
6-2/170

Check out his highlights HERE.

Marquez Callaway is an elite athlete in the class of 2016. I said back in the fall that Callaway would without a doubt be ranked in the top-100 once 2015 rolled around, and sure enough, that’s where he sits on Rivals, 247 Sports, and ESPN. He has the skills to play wide receiver or defensive back for pretty much any school, but I really see him playing receiver at the next level. Marquez can go up and get the ball as well as any receiver I’ve seen in this 2016 class. He also possesses tremendous speed (sub 4.5), and great vision when he has the ball in his hands. He is certainly a player to keep an eye on throughout the next year, and one I fully expect the Dawgs to make a main priority.

Monday night, I had a chance to catch up with Marquez and get the inside scoop on where things stand with his recruitment. First off, let me say that I left my conversation with Marquez very impressed. He has a good head on his shoulder, and you can tell immediately that he is a very polite, very humble young man. Whichever school lands him will not only be getting a great talent, but also a tremendous individual.

 

Johnny Sanders: I know you don’t have a firm leader yet, but could you tell me what teams you have at the top of your list?
Marquez Callaway: Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Auburn

JS: Where is Georgia telling you that they’d like you to play?
Callaway: They want me to play safety for them, but they told me that if I wanted to play receiver, I can play receiver.

JS: Do you have a feeling of what position you would like to play?
Callaway: Yeah, I want to play receiver.

JS: You mentioned Auburn as one of your top schools. What would you say stands out about the Tigers?
Callaway: I have a good friend, Jeff Whitaker, that went to Auburn and played, and he told me lots of things about the school, and now that I’ve looked at the school, I see that everything he told me was right. So, I know if he says it’s a great school, it’s a great school.

JS: What would you say stands out about Georgia?
Callaway: The location. It’s not too far from home, and all the coaches seem like they have great personalities. I really like the people there.

JS: What are going to be the biggest factors for you when you make your decision?
Callaway: I think that it’s going to come down to if we’re all on the same page. Like, if they respect what I want, and I’m going to respect wherever I go. So, it’s going to come down to whether or not they’re going to respect me for me.

JS: What coaches are recruiting you right now for Georgia?
Callaway: Coach Lilly and Coach Richt both talk to me.

JS: I guess you’ve seen the news now about Coach McClendon becoming the receivers coach and Coach Brown coming in to coach the running backs. Have you gotten a chance to meet Coach McClendon or talk to him?
Callaway: No, I haven’t met him yet. But I plan on it.

JS: What about Georgia do you like outside of football?
Callaway: This past year, I had a couple of good friends that graduated from my high school, and they’re attending UGA now. They tell me how fun it is outside of football and how they all have a good time.

JS: Do you have any friends on the football team at Georgia or anyone that’s coming in?
Callaway: I don’t know anyone on the team, but I have a good friend, Rashad [Roundtree] who’s going there next year.

JS: What school do your parents like best so far?
Callaway: To be honest, I think my mom likes Auburn and Georgia, but I don’t know about my dad. He just goes along with her.

JS: With the major need that UGA has for wide receivers and defensive backs, will that affect you at all knowing that there’s a good chance you can come in and play early?
Callaway: That’s going to be my main question I’m going to ask them, so I can find out if they’re really going to play me.

JS: You mentioned that you want to play receiver, and obviously the big talent that is going to attract guys to Georgia for the next couple of years is quarterback, Jacob Eason. Is he factoring into your decision at all, and do you ever talk to him?
Callaway: I met him one time at a camp we were at together, the Under Armour All-American camp, and I didn’t really talk to him. I just saw him, and he saw me, but he probably didn’t really notice anything about me, and I didn’t notice anything about him, so we just kept the distance.

JS: Have you been in contact with him at all?
Callaway: Oh, no. I don’t think he knows me.

JS: What did you think after watching his film?
Callaway: I wish he could throw to me.

JS: Some quick hits: Who has the nicest facilities?
Callaway: Tennessee.

JS: The best game environment?
Callaway: Probably Florida when they played LSU.

JS: The best college town?
Callaway: Probably Auburn.

JS: When are you planning on getting down to Athens next?
Callaway: I’m not quite sure. I’m going to try to make it to some junior days, but we’re still in basketball season. We made it to the state playoffs. So we have some basketball games on some of the junior days. I do plan on being at Georgia in the summer for Dawg Night.

JS: Do you have a date set that you want to commit? Or do you know when you at least want to narrow down your list?
Callaway: I’m probably going to drag it out to signing day. I haven’t visited all the colleges I want to, but after I visit all the ones I want to, I’ll probably narrow my list down.

JS: Where would you say Georgia’s chances are compared to other schools?
Callaway: Georgia is on my mind. The Dawgs are on my mind

 

***Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

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Jonathan

Georgia Football Recruiting: Current Commitment List and Who Else UGA Will Get


Donte Jackson - Photo courtesy of The AJC

Donte Jackson – Photo courtesy of The AJC

Current Commits:

Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
6-4/292
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
6-0/168
Jonathan Ledbetter *** – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
6-4/265
Natrez Patrick *** – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
6-3/220
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
6-2.5/247
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
6-2.5/172
Jackson Harris *** – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
6-6/250
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
6-2/198
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
6-2/211
Michael Barnett ***☆☆☆☆
Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.) SDE
6-5/258
Rashad Roundtree☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
6-1/195
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
6-2/218
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
6-2/182
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
6-4/220
Juwan Briscoe – ☆☆☆
Thomas Stone (Waldorf, MD) CB
6-0/182
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
6-6/315
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
6-0/175
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
6-6/260
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
6-3/190
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
6-2/200
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
6-3.5/255
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
5-11/175
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
6-1/200
Johnathan Abram *** – ☆☆☆
East Marion (Columbia, MS) S
6-1/202
Jarvis Wilson *** – ☆☆☆
Tupelo (Tupelo, MS) S
6-2/197
Chuks Amaechi *** – ☆☆☆
Westview JUCO (Yuma, AZ) OLB
6-3/220
Rodrigo Blankenship – ☆☆
Sprayberry (Marietta, GA) K
6-1/188
* Will walk on to team in 2015. Will receive scholarship once Marshall Morgan graduates at the end of the season.

Will Get:

Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
6-2/205

Good Shot At:

Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
5-11/175
Chidi Valentine-Okeke – ☆☆☆☆☆
Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA) OT
6-6/305
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
6-5/286

Rico McGraw – ☆☆☆☆
Ensworth (Nashville, TN) S, CB
6-0/190

Javarius Davis – ☆☆☆
Ed White (Jacksonville, FL) ATH
5-10/173

Will Not Get, But Dawgs Will Be Close:

Arden Key – ☆☆☆☆
Hapeville Charter (Lithonia, GA) WDE
6-5/230

 

*** Enrolled

Rankings from 247 Sports Composite

 

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Jonathan

Georgia Football Recruiting: **Breaking** Dawgs Top Buckeyes for Speedy Cornerback


Juwuan Briscoe

Juwuan Briscoe – Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Juwuan Briscoe – ☆☆☆☆
NR Overall; #31 CB; #6 in MD
Thomas Stone (Waldorf, MD) CB
6-1/185

Georgia’s 2015 defensive class received another huge boost as speedy cornerback, Juwuan Briscoe, committed to the Dawgs Thursday afternoon. Briscoe, who de-committed from Clemson back in November, chose Georgia over Ohio State, due largely to his official visit to Athens.

The first thing that stands out about Briscoe is his blazing speed. He was laser timed earlier this year and ran a 4.43, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t really run a 4.4 or below. Don’t believe me? Check out his senior highlights:

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3045961/highlights/180208375

The pickup of Briscoe now gives the Bulldogs their 26th overall commitment and 6th commitment at defensive back (one 5-star, one 4-star, and four 3-stars), a position of great need. Georgia’s recruiting class now sits at #3 on Rivals, #3 on 247 Sports, and #3 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.

 

Story on his commitment here.

 

***Rankings from Rivals.com

 

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Jonathan

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

 

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Jonathan

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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