Chat with Kipp Adams
Welcome to DawgNation! On Monday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kipp Adams (11:59 AM)
Happy New Year everyone!!! I believe there is some football game going on today, so let's get started, shall we?
TheLifeofReilly (Athens, GA)
Due to the questions about Coach Richt's future at the beginning of the season, UGA has been playing catch up on the recruiting trail. How crucial is it for UGA to steal some recruits from other schools to end the year with a top ten class or can UGA still get a top ten class from just getting those players that are uncommitted currently?
Kipp Adams (12:05 PM)
While I doubt they are going to get any committed prospects to switch, they are in for some of the best available prospects in the country.The University of Georgia is currently in the mix for top uncommitted targets like WR Cordarelle Patterson, LB Jordan Jenkins, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB Kenderius Whitehead, RB Todd Gurley, DB Chaz Elder, RB Mike Davis and OT Avery Young. With the Bulldogs likely to try and sign 27-28 total, that leaves them with 10-12 spots to fill. They will need to hit on almost every current target to get a full class, so I would not be surprised to see some late offers go out, as well as a push for other prospects that might be committed to other schools. But if they get the majority of their current targets, they should end up with a top 10-15 class.
Melchizedek (Decatur, Ga)
I've read some articles regarding Mike Davis' interview with another recruiting network, I'm quite certain UGA may be his final destination. Some are saying he "disrespected" UF. Do you feel this was the case, or was he just answering the question as honest as possible?
Kipp Adams (12:10 PM)
Mike Davis decommitted from Florida because he felt like they were not being completely honest with him after he committed. He was under the impression they were done recruiting RB after he and Matt Jones committed, but the Gators continued to pursue Keith Marshall, at one point sending multiple coaches for an in-home, while only one assistant went to see Davis.After that, he decided it would be best to go in another direction. While I have heard the talk of UGA being the leader, I feel that was taken out of context, and that South Carolina has the inside track as of NOW to get the four-star running back.There is a lot of time between now and his current decision date, which is Jan. 31. Georgia might get a commitment from Tarboro (N.C.) RB Todd Gurley before then, and the Bulldogs will also have the opportunity to have an in-home visit with Davis before then as well.I think Georgia's chances with Davis rest on the decision of Gurley and then whether or not they make a push for an in-home before his Jan. 13 official to South Carolina. Stay tuned.
Austin (Flowery Branch)
Can the dawgs pick up any recent de-committments like Eligwe from FSU and Henderson from Tennessee? Both are LB's and they would definitely improve this years recruiting class
Kipp Adams (12:13 PM)
Much to the dismay of Bulldog fans on twitter, Ukeme Eligwe did NOT decommit from FSU yesterday. He made the mistake of leaving his phone in his room and fellow Georgia linebacker and Army All-American teammate Raphael Kirby used it to tweet out that Eligwe was not going to FSU.I think with Henderson, Georgia will continue to monitor their board and he could get an offer if they have a spot open for him. Toward the end of the recruiting cycle every year targets come off the board and new offers go out, but it all just depends on where Henderson stands. He has the talent, but I am not entirely sure his size is a perfect fit for an ILB in the 3-4.
demarco (conyers, ga.)
How are the dawgs chances with josh holsey still??
Kipp Adams (12:23 PM)
Georgia is looking to bring in Creekside DB Josh Holsey, but I think they are looking for decisions from Memphis area athletes Will Redmond and Sheldon Dawson first. If Georgia gets the feeling they will not get either of them, then they might look to bring in Holsey.
Adam (Athens, Ga)
What are the chances of UGA getting a commitment from CB Yuri Wright?
Kipp Adams (12:24 PM)
Unlikely, although he has scheduled an official visit for Jan. 27. There is speculation he will not make it that far, and that he could be ready to commit within the next two weeks, possibly to Michigan. As is always the case, if Georgia gets Wright on campus, anything is possible.
are we getting any CBs because we are short at that position. And are we getting any wr because we only have blake tibbs?
Kipp Adams (12:29 PM)
Georgia will return Branden Smith, Sanders Commings, Damian Swann, Jordan Love, Devin Bowman and Nick Marshall, so the cupboard is not exactly bare at CB. Nonetheless, Georgia is hoping to get good news from Will Redmond and Sheldon Dawson, two athletes with the size Scott Lakatos is looking for in his defensive backs. They have a great shot at getting both at the moment.As far as wide receivers go, the Bulldogs are going all out for juco wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who they hope can come in and provide another downfield option for Aaron Murray next year. Patterson has the potential to be that consistent big target that Murray lacked after the departure of A.J. Green.
Chandler Jones (Atlanta, Ga)
what wr and cb will we probably get because we need people at that position. And are we realistically going to get Jordan Jenkins?
Kipp Adams (12:36 PM)
Georgia is in great shape to get Sheldon Dawson and Will Redmond at CB, as well as Cordarelle Patterson at WR.The Bulldogs have fought for over a year to get in with LB target Jordan Jenkins, and although they have given them a lot to think about recently, I still give Alabama the edge as of now. The Tide are close to filling up for the 2012 class, and there are others on the board that may be higher like Jamies Winston, Cyrus Jones, Landon Collins and Eddie Goldman. They also could have LB Channing Ward higher on their board, although he would be a tougher pull out of Mississippi. If Jenkins is not going to Alabama, Florida and Georgia are right there and would gladly take Jenkins, the top pass rusher in the Peach State for 2012. Todd Grantham has impressed his family, and he has been sold on the opportunity to play early and have success in Georgia's 3-4. He has seen the potential as a OLB the last two years with Justin Houston and Jarvis Jones, so the Bulldogs have that in their favor as well. We will all know his decision Jan. 9.
TheLifeofReilly (Athens, GA)
Why was UGA slow on recruiting Dillon Lee at the beginning of the year?
Kipp Adams (12:44 PM)
The previous inside linebacker coach at Georgia, Warren Belin, did not feel like Lee was a good fit for what he wanted to do on defense. He told him that if he felt another school was a good fit to go ahead and commit.Then Belin left for the Carolina Panthers, and in February Kirk Olivadotti was brought in. After getting re-acclimated (he had not coached in college since 1999), Olivadotti evaluated the linebackers on the board and offered Lee.Unfortunately for UGA, the time lost on his recruitment would prove to be too much to overcome. Lee had developed a strong connection to Kirby Smart and Nick Saban, and he chose the Tide less than 3 weeks later.Georgia continued to recruit Lee and he strongly considered the Bulldogs during the season, but chose to honor his commitment to Alabama and the staff he had grown close to early on in his recruitment.
Ronnie (Atsugi, Japan)
Kipp, you say that you doubt that we get a switch from a committed prospect but Brandon Greene appears to be leaning in that direction more and more each day. Do you think we can get him?
Kipp Adams (12:48 PM)
The likelihood that Georgia gets Greene to switch from Alabama to Georgia is currently much less than the chance Avery Young chooses the Bulldogs.Greene really enjoyed his official to Athens, but as of now he has publicly stated he is 100% committed to Alabama. That could very well change on signing day, as he left the door open for a switch by telling Recruiting Nation yesterday he would make his final decision then.Georgia has been in contact with Greene for months, and the staff will need to continue to go all out for him and Young if they want to add much needed depth along the OL for the 2012 class.
TheLifeofReilly (Athens, GA)
I know I am getting ahead of myself but does Brice Ramsey project to be a top 5 QB recruit next year and how crazy will the recruitment of Reuben Foster get?
Kipp Adams (12:54 PM)
This is a better question asked to Tom Luginbill, as I am not going to pretend to have watched QB film of juniors across the country.I can speak from a Peach State perspective, and Ramsey has as much talent as any QB to come out since Cam Newton. His size, throwing motion, mechanics and delivery are outstanding at this stage, and having taken snaps from under center in the wing-T is an advantage that often goes overlooked.He will battle with Johnathon McCrary of Cedar Grove for the top QB in Georgia for 2013, but he could also end up being the best QB to come out of Georgia the last five years. A spot in the ESPN 150 would not surprise me, and a top 10 QB ranking is not out of the question at all.The recruitment of Reuben Foster has already included many ups and downs, and it will be a roller coaster ride to the finish. Foster contemplated committing to Georgia following Dawg Night before committing to Alabama. Buckle up recruiting fans, this one is not close to being over.
Kipp Adams (1:06 PM)
That is it for today guys. Enjoy the Outback Bowl and the All-American games, and see you guys again in two weeks.
Kipp Adams (1:06 PM)
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