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Poll Dancing, Brice Ramsey, Laremy Tunsil Drops Hints and What You Won’t See In Murray’s Trick Shot Video


Poll Dancing 

The Brice Ramsey poll from yesterday is now closed.  Shout out to the 508 folks that voted and the 958 who didn’t think it was worth their time.  I get it.

I’m kidding of course, but the results are no joke.  Here’s what the readers of DudeYouCrazy think about Ramsey:

  • Less than 1% expect him to play at all this season.
  • 6.5% don’t think he’ll ever start (Faton Bauta got a number of shoutouts in the comment section, and many think the job will be his beginning in 2014.)
  • 26.77% Expect him to beat out all of the competition (LeMay, Mason, Bauta et al.) in 2014.
  • Almost 66% think he’ll back one of those guys up in 2014.
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Laremy Tunsil Tweets 

Tunsil was in Oxford, MS this weekend and he tweeted (and I quote), “Oxford” while he was there.  He then tweeted, “Don’t worry Athens and Bama you still get love.”

He seems to be down to those three schools and his Tweets support that, but there was one Texas Longhorn reference yesterday.  I’m sure that was a mistake.

More importantly, Laremy Tunsil asked his followers who the best player in the NBA is.  I responded “Kyle Korver, duh,” and he retweeted to show his agreement.  Simply put: Georgia can’t afford to miss out on such an elite offensive tackle who has a deep appreciation for the three-point marksmanship of Kyle Korver.

 

What you won’t see in the Aaron Murray trick shot video: 

Murray and some of his bros (Watts Dantzler, Austin Long) were out and about filming a trick shot video yesterday.  Here’s what you won’t see:

  • Murray’s fake girlfriend Erin Murphy.
  • A pass on third and long (those situations are used for the Draw Play Trickeration montage that Bobo is making).
  • Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley batting down a pass at the end of the video.

 

Outside of that who knows what’s going to show up.  But it better be good.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

Brice Ramsey: Georgia’s Future? Reader Poll


Georgia’s 2013 Recruiting Class is pretty well wrapped up at the quarterback position.  Barring something unforeseen, Brice Ramsey (who has already enrolled) will be the lone signal-caller in the class.

Ramsey ranks as the nation’s 14th best pro-style QB and was considered the 18th best player (regardless of position) in the state of Georgia.  Ramsey has been highly regarded for several years and committed to Georgia early on in the recruitment process.  Most seem to have tabbed him as Georgia’s QB of the future and expect him to redshirt this season before taking on Hutson Mason and Christian LeMay (if he’s still around) in 2014.

So, what do you think of Brice Ramsey?

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Laremy Tunsil: Is This a Recruiting Violation? And, other OL Recruitment Thoughts


As was pointed out a few days ago, Georgia needs to bring in some talent to form depth along the offensive line.  For Mark Richt and his staff the slogan should now be, “Beef: it’s what’s for dinner, midnight snack, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dessert.”

 

Who Is In? 

Aulden Bynum and Josh Cardiello are both in Athens already.  Both are enrolled and both are getting better.  And, for what it’s worth, Aulden informed me via Twitter the other day that the 250 lb bench press max listed on Rivals.com was taken during his sophomore year of high school.  I feel a little better knowing that.  So, everybody go follow Aulden on Twitter, tell him I sent you and tell him to bench 800 by the Fall.  Just kidding, I don’t want to hurt the guy.  But seriously, player interaction is always welcome, and I’m glad to see a good kid working hard.

Again, go here to read about Aulden and Josh.

 

Who’s Coming? 

One other offensive lineman has given a verbal commitment and is expected to sign on Signing Day, and he is the honorable Brandon Kublanow from my hometown of Marietta (where it’s betta).  Brandon is a four star recruit (the second rated center in the country) and at 6’3” and 289 lbs. he will rival John Theus as the biggest redhead you’ve ever seen.  To say that Kublanow is a ginger of epic proportions would be a gross understatement.  He’s massive.

Brandon got offers from everybody who’s anybody and their mother, but more importantly he is the first member of the class of 2013 to get a full-fledged DudeYouCrazy nickname.  From henceforth Kublanow will be known as Kubby Bear.  Why?  Because I struggle to spell his name correctly (or even consistently the same way) and he’s huge.  Kubby Bear now joins Damian “Black” Swann and Aaron “Murr-man” Murray as the only such bestowed players on the 2013 team.

 

Who Is Needed? 

Laremy Tunsil is in Oxford, MS as we speak (and by we I mean you and by speak I mean read) and is considered the nation’s top offensive lineman.  Most believe his top three to be Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss.  I can understand going to Alabama and following the footsteps of Barrett Jones and company.  I really can’t get the Ole Miss thing.  Is immediate playing time (the lone selling point I see Ole Miss offering over the likes of Bama and UGA) really that big of a factor for the nation’s top player at a position?  If you’re the top player at the position don’t you feel able to compete for playing time anywhere?  If you’re the nation’s best prospect wouldn’t you prefer going up against more talented practice players day in and day out and being the better player for it?  I don’t know.  Laremy does.

Tunsil may very well end up choosing Bama or Ole Miss over Georgia.  If he goes with Ole Miss I’ll be confused.  If he goes with Bama I’ll get it.  But if he picks Georgia, I will be elated.  He could come in and contribute from day one.

So, in an effort to lure Laremy Tunsil let me make this offer:

Laremy, if you sign with the University of Georgia I will give you a nickname and illustrate it on Signing Day.  I don’t know if the nickname will play off of your first name’s similarity to “Jeremy”, your last name’s similarity to “tonsil” or if it will be something off-the-cuff like “Tuns of Fun.”  But I know that you will love it.  Also, I don’t think this offer is a recruiting violation, but if it is I’m clearly just kidding!

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

New Kids on the Block: Georgia’s 13 Early Enrollees


The Bulldogs have 13 early commitments (in the formed of Signed Letters of Intent) for the 2013 signing class.  Those lucky 13 have already arrived in Athens and are getting settled at the school and within the Georgia football family.  Here’s a look at those guys:

 

John Atkins – DT, 6’4”, 310 lbs., Hargrave Military Academy

Hailing from prep school power Hargrave this four-star recruit has an opportunity to make an impact right away.  With Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins off to the NFL and a two-man rotation often being used, I’d expect him to see the field early and often this year.  Atkins committed back in August and Todd Grantham was his lead recruiter.

 

 

Aulden Bynum – OL, 6’5”, 260 lbs., Valdosta, GA

This three-star recruit is slightly undersized at this point (at least in weight measures), but at 6’5” he certainly has the frame to carry more weight.  He was considered the 40th best offensive lineman in the country, but if his stated bench press max is accurate (250 pounds), he’s going to need to work not only on his size but also on his strength.  He received offers from the likes of Vandy, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nebraska and Auburn.

 

 

Josh Cardiello – OL, 6’3”, 280 lbs., Buford, GA

Buford high school is a haven for offensive linemen, Cardiello is no exception.  Listed as the nation’s 25th best lineman he received offers from Florida, Florida State, Nebraska and South Carolina but committed to Georgia last May.  Buford boys tend to do well, and I’d expect nothing else from Josh.

 

 

Reggie Carter – LB, 6’1”, 225 lbs., Snellville, GA

This four-star linebacker is the type of player you want in your fold.  Offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and South Carolina tell you more about his skill set than I ever could.

 

 

J.J. Green – ATH, 5’9”, 186 lbs., Kingsland, GA

J.J. was a teammate of fellow early enrollee Brice Ramsey at Camden County High.  Rivals lists him as the 52nd best “athlete” in the country, but I’d expect him to use his 4.4 speed on the defensive side of the ball at the corner position.  His speed is comparable to Branden Smith, but I think he’s more elusive and would be a viable option as a return specialist as well.

 

 

Tray Matthews – DB, 6’0”, 194 lbs., Newnan, GA

Tray projects as a safety at the collegiate level and Rivals.com says he’s the fifth best in the country.  Georgia will be in need of playmakers in the defensive backfield with the departure or Rambo, Williams and Commings and I’d expect Matthews to get a shot.  This four-star recruit received offers from Bama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

 

 

Quincy Mauger – DB, 6’0”, 197 lbs., Marietta, GA

Quincy is considered the 26th best safety in the country and will also be looking to make an impact at the position.  According to Rivals, Quincy is slightly larger and a little faster than Tray Matthews, so his development on the field will be exciting to track.

 

 

Chris Mayes –DT, 6’4”, 315 lbs., Gulf Coast Community College

Mayes was considered the nation’s 25th best JUCO prospect in this class and with his size and strength that’s not surprising.  There will be some exciting position battles along the defensive line this season and don’t be surprised to see him win one.

 

 

Brice Ramsey – QB, 6’3”, 205 lbs., Kingsland, GA

Ramsey has been the future of UGA’s passing game for years and committed way back in July of 2011.  This pro-style passer was regarded as the state’s 18th best player and got all the right offers (Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State).  I’d expect him to redshirt this year before taking on Hutson Mason in 2014.

 

 

Ryne Rankin – LB, 6’1”, 231 lbs., Orlando FL

Rankin is already a strong kid with explosive hips (creepy enough for you?), but I’m not sure what his ceiling is.  If he can continue to build on those skills, then he could be an absolute force.  If much of his success has been due to a raw size and strength advantage, then he may taper out.  The way he plays (angry, aggressive) makes me think that his development will continue.  He could end up being a steal of this class.

 

 

Jonathan Rumph – WR, 6’5”, 215 lbs., Holmes C.C.

I’m not sure why Rumph isn’t getting more press.  He has a huge frame, good speed and great hands.  He picked up offers from LSU, Florida, Texas Tech, West Virginia and everybody else.  At the worst he plugs in nicely where Marlon Brown left off.  But, I think he has much, much more upside.  The video below is from two years ago but even captures Rumph punting.

 

 

Tramel Terry – ATH, 6’0”, 190 lbs., Goose Creek, SC

This four-star recruit was the 3rd best player in the state of South Carolina according to Rivals.com.  Most anticipate him playing wideout and he has the size and speed (4.4 type wheels) to do so.  But, he could also be a valuable playmaker as a DB where Georgia is a little thinner in depth.  Either way, I’d look for him to make a Malcolm Mitchell-esque immediate impact.

 

 

Reggie Wilkerson – DB, 5’11”, 163 lbs., Ocala, FL

Wilkerson may play faster than any other Georgia recruit in this class, but he’s going to need to add some size to his frame if he ever wants to see the field.  That being said, I think he will do so and could be seen returning kicks this year or showing up in some random offensive sets.  He’s a playmaker.

 

 

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That’s all I got/

Andrew

Let’s Get Creepy: Talking Recruits and the Recruiting Landscape


Undoubtedly this is the creepiest part of my year.  For the next two weeks I will be covering collegiate football recruiting in anticipation of National Signing Day on February 6th.  Sounds innocent enough, right?  In theory it is.  But as I’ve learned over the past few years, there is no right way to talk about the physiques of 17 and 18 year-old males without sounding creepy.  If you’ve ever commented on the size of a high school football player’s thighs, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  If you’ve ever looked at a kid’s calf muscles to see how well developed his muscle structure is in an effort to gauge his growth plateau, then you can relate.  If you haven’t done either of those things then the following process will help you share my awkward pain:

  1. Find a high school sporting event on television.
  2. Wait for an explosive play.
  3. While within earshot of your wife/girlfriend make the following comment: Man that boy is so fluid threw his hips!
  4. Look for her suddenly intrigued – in a bad way – facial expression.
  5. Justify your previous comment by saying, “His lateral quickness is unreal!”

 

If you can accurately execute that series of events then you have what it takes to be a recruiting analyst.  If you can do it without feeling creepy then you have a problem.

Fortunately today is only about a 2 on the Recruiting Creep-Factor Scale.  The worst, at least for today, is already behind us.  We’ll jump-start this series with a look at the Regional Recruiting Scene.

 

Background

First and foremost, I think it is important to know where I stand on recruiting.  I talk a lot about recruiting both here (in an article written a few months ago) and here (old school baby), but in short I believe whole-heartedly in recruiting rankings as defined by the experts because there is a time-tested correlation between talent (as defined by recruiting rankings) and success (as defined by wins).  The lone exceptions lie in outlier years of success and outlier years of distress (think about a coaching change).  Furthermore, the NFL – the ultimate evaluator of football talent – consistently drafts players who were deemed “talented” out of high school.

So, I don’t subscribe to the “recruiting rankings are bogus” argument.  And, while I recognize that no player can be pegged completely accurately, I think that this inexact science of evaluating teenagers is becoming increasingly exact and that most of the big misses are a result of player attitude or extenuating circumstances.  Think of recent Georgia tailbacks Isaiah Crowell and Richard Samuel.  Crowell was an undeniable talent and considered one of the two best players in his senior class (along with Jadeveon Clowney).  Every school in the country wanted him for his talent and potential, and rightfully so.  His attitude and affinity for criminal activity derailed him.  Richard Samuel was an equally impressive specimen coming out of high school (a five-star recruit, one of the top backs in the country), but Georgia bounced him from running back to linebacker and then back to running back before a stint at fullback and a return to running back.  Samuel was in Athens for five years; counting his arrival he changed positions five times.  That is an extenuating circumstance.

Bottom line: I spend a lot of time on this, and I can’t say recruiting rankings are bogus.  Accordingly, they’re worth looking at, which is why I’m doing this.

 

The Recruiting Landscape

Part of why (and perhaps the main reason why) the SEC dominates football games is because the conference dominates recruiting.  From 2008-2012 only 38 schools in the country finished with an individual recruiting class ranked in the top-25 by Rivals.com (the source I rely on most heavily for recruiting info).  Twelve of those schools – Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M – call the SEC home.  Every school in the Southeastern Conference, save Vanderbilt and Kentucky, registered a top-25 recruiting class.  Outside of the SEC only 26 schools can claim such an honor.

Furthermore, of the thirteen programs that ranked in Rivals.com’s top-25 in each and every year from 2008-2012, six (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina) reside in the SEC.  The other seven are historical national powers: Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, USC.

In short: that is what Georgia is up against.  If you want to regionalize things and add a few other local players here is how things shake up:

 

Alabama: Winning three BCS National Championships in four years gives anybody a recruiting spike.  It helps too that Alabama has only had one recruiting class ranked below 1st in the last five years.  It helps that Alabama has a long-standing powerhouse tradition.  It helps that Alabama brought in 90 four and five-star players from 2008-2012 (the second closest school was Florida with 75).  Here’s an anecdote regarding Alabama’s prowess: Jack Del Rio (former NFL head coach, currently the Broncos’ Defensive Coordinator) has a son who is a QB.  His son, Luke, is a 6’2” signal-caller with an intrinsic knowledge of the game.  He got scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma State and Oregon State (both ranked in the top-25 at some point this year).  He is walking on(!!!!) at Alabama.  The 29th rated QB in the nation is going to walk-on for Nick Saban.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks’ had a lot of momentum – especially on the offensive side of the ball – in recruiting under Bobby Petrino.  This season obviously hurt them.  Furthermore, Bret Bielema – a coach who hates “SEC-style” recruiting tactics (like continuing to recruit a player who says he’s going somewhere else), is the coach.  I don’t foresee him threatening Georgia too much in recruiting.

Auburn: Auburn had a laughable season this year, but the War Eagle/Tigers/Plainsmen always shake out favorably on the recruiting trail.  Why?  Because Auburn is everyone’s – football players and students alike – second choice.  How does that help?  If a running back wants to go to Georgia but sees too much competition for playing time, he’ll go to Auburn.  If a lineman doesn’t get offered by Alabama, he’ll go to Auburn.  Auburn poaches Georgia’s second-tier prospects consistently and occasionally makes a run at some of the big guns.

Clemson: People love Clemson.  The Tigers recruit early and often and do a good job of making players fall in love with the school early in the recruiting process.  As a result, they capitalize on this “first love” often.  They also get burned a lot, however, as it seems that every year three of four elite prospects de-commit from Clemson when they realize that an SEC school with an equally rich tradition and better recent history of developing NFL talent is open.

Florida: The Gators are a force right now.  Muschamp has them chomping.  They’re projecting to pull in the top class in the country this year.  Georgia/Florida recruiting battles are as heated as Georgia/Florida games.  I’ll write about plenty of such wars over the next two weeks.

Florida State: I rarely mind losing a player to FSU.  Typically the Seminoles will grab a few South Georgians who are elite athletes, but the only selling point FSU really offers is immediate playing time.  In my brief experience covering recruiting if a player makes a decision based solely on immediate playing time he has a higher chance of flaming out.  Alabama’s recruits take the opposite approach and consistently sit behind studs, learn the system and develop.  That works pretty darn well.

LSU: In many ways LSU’s recruiting tactics are simple: Get all the good players from Louisiana, poach a few from Texas and Atlanta and move on.  Unfortunately for Georgia, every kid that goes to LSU from the Peach State was somebody the Dawgs wanted.  They might not lose as many battles to LSU as Florida or Alabama, but they are equally devastating.

Ole Miss: I don’t quite get the Ole Miss thing.  If this was the 1960s I’d be on board.  As a fan it’s a great place to go, but as a player?  Who wants to play in a small stadium?  Nonetheless, I think Freeze has this program heading the right direction and the key to furthering the cause will be this recruiting class.  And he knows it.

Mississippi State:  See paragraph above, but add “Who wants to live in Starkville?”

Missouri: I think this season – even with the move to the flashy SEC – hurt the Tigers in recruiting.  Mizzou is a long way from being competitive in the SEC, and I think recruits are keenly aware of that notion.

South Carolina: The Cocks have it going.  If you’re the top player in South Carolina, you play for Spurrier.  If you live in metro-Atlanta and you didn’t get enough attention from Richt and his staff early on, you’re going to South Carolina.  The program is hot, and so is the recruiting.  Players stolen from under the nose of Georgia are consistently hurting the Bulldogs.

Tennessee: The Vols are always good for a theft or two, but only one in recent memory (Eric Berry) has really been a “one that got away” for Georgia.  They can have all the Da’Rick Rogers types they want.

Texas A&M: How well A&M recruits the true southeast remains to be seen, but the Aggies are certainly setting up routes.  That being said, I’d expect the bulk of A&M’s studs to come from the talent-rich state of Texas, so there may not be a whole lot of Richt vs. Sumlin battles in the near future.

Obviously, Georgia is up against a lot.  But, as we’ll see tomorrow, the Dawgs have been in the same spot for years and more often than not, they’ve come out favorably.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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