Chat with Kipp Adams
Welcome to DawgsNation! On Tuesday, recruiting writer Kipp Adams stops by to chat about the state of Georgia football personnel.
Adams joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering University of Georgia football and basketball recruiting for five years at Rivals.com. He lives in Sandy Springs, Ga., and enjoys spending time with his two sons. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Send your questions now and join Adams Tuesday at noon ET!
James (Dallas, TX)
Who will be UGA's next commitment?
Kipp Adams (12:00 PM)
Hello everyone. Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Let's dive right in and get to some recruiting questions.
Kipp Adams (12:00 PM)
Coming into the season, it looked like MLK OLB Kenderius Whitehead was very close to a decision, but he has since backed off and maintains signing day for his announcement.At the moment, it actually looks like Millbrook 5-star running back Keith Marshall could be the next to make his decision. He has taken officials to Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame, and says he wants to decide as soon as possible. As it stands, Georgia is in great shape to add a much-needed weapon to the backfield. Look for Marshall, who plans on enrolling early at the school of his choice, to decide sometime in the next two months.
Josh (Lake Park, GA)
Any updates on Faton Bauta out of Dwyer HS?
Kipp Adams (12:04 PM)
Going into the season, Bauta was planning to cut his list to the five schools he felt would give him a shot at QB, then take his officials.He mentioned UGA had a great chance of making that list, but has not said much of anything since then. He is no doubt a great athlete who could add versatility to any program, but schools are still evaluating him as a pure quarterback. It should be interesting to see which schools he takes his visits to, but DawgNation will catch up with him soon to see where he stands currently.
James (Nashville, TN)
If Georgia can solidify the OL and then land Keith Marshall that would be great but what about the WR position, why isn't UGA offering big tall WRs like the kid out of Missouri and the recent commit to Tenn?. If they could land WRs they could really be a powerhouse on Offense.
Kipp Adams (12:08 PM)
Georgia is looking to add at least one more wide receiver in the 2012 class, and Hutchinson JUCO wideout Cordarrelle Patterson definitely fits the type you are looking for.Hutchinson is a 6-4, 195-pound wideout who is a big downfield threat, and is also very dangerous in the return game. He could be the top junior college prospect in the country for this class. They will host Patterson on Gala weekend December 9th, and he will decide shortly after. He would be a huge addition to the class.
Whats the chances of UGA getting Keith Marshall or Josh Clemons?
Kipp Adams (12:12 PM)
Right now I would say their chances are as good as anyone for Marshall, and they are making a push for Lowndes OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons as well.Harvey-Clemons was in Athens for the South Carolina game, and was really impressed with how aggressively his position is used on the field. He also mentioned he saw a great opportunity for early playing time at Georgia.FSU and Florida are big time competitors for the current top prospect in Georgia, but the Bulldogs will get Harvey-Clemons on campus December 9th for their senior Gala, which is usually their biggest, most successful recruiting weekend of the recruiting cycle.
Daniel (Washington, DC)
Whats the latest on Raphael Kirby? I know his commitment to Miami has been fairly weak and there has been talk of a possible decommit.
Kipp Adams (12:17 PM)
After the allegations at Miami broke earlier this year, Kirby started looking at schools like Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.Kirby took in the Georgia game vs. South Carolina, and also took an official to Vanderbilt two weeks ago. Georgia had prospects like Dillon Lee and Ukeme Eligwe higher on their board, but would have taken Kirby's commitment.The four-star linebacker took his official to Miami last weekend and has since solidified his commitment to the Canes.
Chris (Anderson, SC)
Is the Dream Team at UGA last year causing problems for this years recruiting due to depth chart spots? Will a strong finish and re-upping with Coach Richt get the momentum flowing and some more top guys give the Dawgs their Commitment?? WHO?
Kipp Adams (12:24 PM)
I have not seen depth mentioned as an issue for many prospects, but St. Pius X CB Geno Smith did notice back in the spring the number of defensive backs signed in 2011. With no commitments out of the position so far for 2012, Georgia still hopes to add a couple in this class though.Georgia's current success and the stability of having Richt in Athens for the foreseeable future has the Bulldogs' stock on the rise with prospects, and gives them a great chance to finish strong with many of their top remaining targets.Guys like RB Keith Marshall, JUCO TE Blake Jackson, LB Kenderius Whitehead, DB Chaz Elder and DB Elijah Shumate have all taken notice of Georgia's current winning streak. They may not get commitments from all of them, but they have a great shot at finishing with a top 10-15 class full of talented athletes.
DawgOnTap (World Headquarters in Tucker)
Do you feel that there is any JUCO OL where there is real genuine interest (ie...you feel a kid is more than 60% likely to sign) from both parties?
Kipp Adams (12:34 PM)
As of now I would say no, but that is simply because they have only extended one known offer to date, to NW Mississippi OT Donald Hawkins. The 6-5, 320-pound offensive linemen saw his recruitment explode over the last two weeks, picking up new offers from Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, USF and FIU.Hawkins has taken officials to Kentucky and Kansas State already, so he only has three officials left. He told me earlier this week he intends on giving one to Oklahoma State still, where he is currently committed, and also will likely give Texas one as well. That leaves one official left, and he is currently trying to decide between Florida and Georgia this week (imagine that).While watching Blake Jackson on Saturday, TE coach John Lilly was also able to check out New Mexico Institute OT Daniel Glauser, who at 6-6, 320, just picked up offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He broke his toe in the first quarter of the game Lilly watched, but the Swiss native did mention UGA as a dream school, so keep an eye out on him moving forward.
Ryan (Athens, GA)
Which recruit that is currently committed to another school does UGA have the best chance to flip?
Kipp Adams (12:44 PM)
Great question.While Georgia is still recruiting committed prospects such as TE Ricky Parks (Auburn), OL Brandon Greene (Alabama), and CB's Joshua Holsey (Auburn) and Geno Smith (Alabama), chances are that all of those prospects will stick to their original commitment.DB Travis Blanks made a surprising commitment to Clemson earlier this year, but visited Georgia for the South Carolina game. Sources indicate that once again, Blanks told the Georgia coaches he loved everything about UGA, but then shortly after leaving Athens he reaffirmed his commitment to Clemson.As it stands, linebackers Dillon Lee (Alabama), Ukeme Eligwe (FSU) and Josh Dawson (Vanderbilt) are all prospects to keep an eye on. Lee continues to give Georgia a look as he tries to find the best fit, and Eligwe likes the chance to come in and play right away at Georgia. Dawson comes from a very pro-UGA program in Tucker, and had Coach Todd Grantham and Rodney Garner on the sidelines Friday evaluating him. The percentages are heavily in favor of all three sticking to their original schools, but Georgia's promising season and thin depth chart at their position put them in prime position to attract top tier linebackers to Athens.
Josh (Lake Park, GA)
Chances of Gurley being the 2nd RB in this class? If not Gurely, then who?
Kipp Adams (12:48 PM)
Todd Gurley has maintained UNC on top since the end of the summer, but the versatile RB recently named UGA and UNC tied at the top.Georgia's chances of signing Gurley and Marshall seem to be improving each week, but that is still no sure thing.If one or both were to go elsewhere, emerging seniors Chris Brown of Seminole County and Miles Jones could get a serious look. Also keep an eye out for GMC RB Mario Alford, formerly of Greenville HS.
Harkle (Paducah, KY)
How did UGA let the kicker from Marist HS escape. Aren't Walsh and Butler gone after this year? Who will be taking on these duties next year?
Kipp Adams (12:51 PM)
Georgia grabbed their top kicking target Marshall Morgan before they even wrapped up their 2011 signing class. The American Heritage (Fla.) kicker was the top choice for UGA, Florida, FSU and Virginia Tech, and he was 15-of-16 field goals with a long of 53 yards and eight longer than 43 as a junior. They also got a commitment from Cartersville punter Collin Barber at the Mark Richt Camp after he boom punts with hang times around 5.3Austin Hardin has a great leg and is a big get for the Gators, but Georgia got their guys and they have established a solid track record for kicking talent, so I would not bet against them.
Daniel (Athens, GA)
What are you hearing about our chances with Wright and Shumate? I've heard that Shumate is a heavy USCe lean, but do you think we have a chance of swaying him?
Kipp Adams (12:53 PM)
Georgia looks to have a great shot at bringing both in for official visits, so I would say they are definitely in the hunt. Shumate sounded very interested in playing in the SEC when I spoke to him a few days ago, so programs like South Carolina and Georgia look very appealing to him right now.No doubt Georgia would hit a home run by signing both Don Bosco Prep standouts and filling their needs in the secondary in one fell swoop.
Chris (Roswell, Ga)
Georgia is looking to add two running backs in this class. Obviously Keith Marshall is the top target at Todd Gurley looks like a possible number 2. However, I don't Keith and Todd going to the same school. One running back I would keep on eye on is Chris Brown from Seminole County. Have an opinion on him?
Kipp Adams (12:57 PM)
I mentioned Brown above and in my running back position analysis on DawgNation last week. He is an intriguing blend of size and speed on film, but without seeing him in person it is hard to really tell where he would stand in the pecking order. After missing last season with an injury, Brown is definitely making up for lost time with over 1000 yards and 20 TD though.
have you heard the rumors of Outlaw and Fields not making it to UGA? Also If they dont make who could u see UGA push hard after to fill those voids, bc that would adding another WR and another DL to what they already have to fill at those spots.
Kipp Adams (1:01 PM)
Ah yes the elephant in the room. Without any official release from GMC, the rumors of both not making it to Georgia are running rampant on the internet. While I cannot speak on Outlaw's grades specifically, it does not look very promising right now. Odds are that he will need to go the D2 level credit wise, but again, nothing will likely be official until grades are in.Fields has not heard from Georgia in some time, and was not brought up with GMC staff during Todd Grantham's visit to Milledgeville last weekend.As of now, LB Shannon Brown could be the only GMC prospect headed to Athens.If Outlaw and Fields do not sign with Georgia, look for the Bulldogs to take the top prospect on the board, regardless of position. Those two were not being looked upon to contribute heavily on next year's squad.
Kipp Adams (1:03 PM)
Thanks guys, it has been a blast. Looking forward to getting more of your questions answered next time. But until then, feel free to ask me questions on the DawgNation message board, the Pound, and I will get to them in next week's mailbag.Have a safe trip to Jacksonville!