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.
Send your questions now and join Adams Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
Kipp Adams (1:03 PM)
Hello everyone, and thank you for joining me for this week's UGA recruiting chat. Hope everyone is enjoying National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, and I appreciate your patience as I try to answer as many of your questions as I can in the next hour.Lets get started.
shane purdy (south carolina)
Do you think that Georgia can get one of the Big 3? Nkemdiche, Foster, and Tunsil? Or 2?
Kipp Adams (1:07 PM)
Georgia has a solid chance with Laremy Tunsil, but its an uphill battle for Nkemdiche and Foster at the moment.What the Bulldogs do have in its favor is time. With the entire summer and fall to continue recruiting all three of those elite, 5-star targets, Mark Richt and his staff can easily improve their standing with all three prospects.Getting two of them would be an outstanding accomplishment that is not impossible, but would no doubt make the 2013 class one of, if not the best class on paper in the Mark Richt era.
Where does UGA stand with Linebackers prospects Tim Kimbrough and Larenz Bryant and when will they be making a visit to Athens and when will they be making a decision?
Kipp Adams (1:12 PM)
Georgia is in the top five for Bryant, and he said at the Charlotte NFTC two weeks ago that he would likely give the Bulldogs an official visit. He hopes to make all five officials before making his decision.Kimbrough does not do a lot of interviews, but he did indicate he had an outstanding trip to UGA in March. The Bulldogs might be in better shape with him than some think, but watch out for Ohio State if they decide to offer.
Who are the top 5 uncommitted Wide Receiver prospects on UGA's board and of those 5 which one(s) are most likely to make a commitment to UGA at some point?
Kipp Adams (1:17 PM)
Not sure if they are the top five, but five wideouts that stand out to me on Georgia's board are Marquez North, Demarcus Robinson, Uriah LeMay, Taj Williams and Reggie Davis.I think UGA is in the best shape for LeMay, Williams and Davis right now, but I would not be surprised at all to see Robinson listed as a Georgia commitment at some point either.
Has the UGA coaching staff offered Safety Hatari Byrd(Cal.) and if so does UGA have a legit shot of landing him and his teammate LJ Moore?
Kipp Adams (1:19 PM)
Georgia has offered both defensive backs, but it will be a tough battle to get either of them on campus. The Bulldogs' best shot is to stay on them and hope to earn an official visit during the football season.
Tyler (Athens, GA)
Kipp Am I right to say that us UGA fans shouldn't get our hopes up about Nkemdiche because its either Bama or Ole Miss. Do you agree?
Kipp Adams (1:25 PM)
I would probably suggest to fans to be somewhere in the middle. Never assume a prospect is a lock to any school, but also realize that at the moment, Nkemdiche himself is not mentioning UGA prominently unless he is specifically asked. Alabama and Ole Miss could very well be the frontrunners when it is time to make a decision, but anything is possible in recruiting. One tip for every fanbase is to focus more on who your school is getting, instead of who you are not getting. It is tough, but those are the only guys that will help your favorite team win games.
So who really leads in your opinion for Montravious Adams? I think he should actually end up in the ESPN150s top five before it's all said and done. Much better than Carl Lawson?
Kipp Adams (1:30 PM)
I think Clemson and Georgia are neck and neck at the moment, but I also know from talking to Montravius that he is not close to knowing where he wants to go either.I am sure @TomLuginbill, @CraigHaubert & Co. would love to hear your take on why Adams should be in the top five over the other prospects, so give them a shout on twitter. I do not take part in the evaluation and ranking prospect, but I have seen Carl Lawson in person multiple times, and I feel he is worthy of being ranked where he is.Adams is in the top 15 in the entire country and like all prospects, he could move up or down before the final rankings come out.
Do you think we stand a good chance at landing Vonn Bell?
Kipp Adams (1:32 PM)
Georgia stands a good chance of making Bell's top group when he releases it in the coming weeks, but in my opinion there are no leaders right now.Georgia needs to get more facetime with Bell and his family, as his last and only visit was shortened by him taking the ACT.
Mike (Low Country)
Is there anything new with Alvin Bailey down in FL? He looks to be a dynamic playmaker and he has mentioned being high on UGA. Do we stand a chance?
Kipp Adams (1:37 PM)
Right now FSU, USF, Arkansas, UCF, Notre Dame and Georgia are the schools I hear Bailey talk about the most. Bailey hopes to visit Athens this summer, so Georgia has a chance.
Do we still lead for Langley, bc some think Bama may have taken over the lead the last few weeks?
Kipp Adams (1:39 PM)
Per both Langley and his coaches, UGA leads and Alabama has actually been 3rd for almost a month now, with Tennessee and Florida rounding out his top five.Langley plans to have his decision by the end of the summer, so that could easily fluctuate over the next few months.But as of right now the Bulldogs are still in front.
Sam (College Park)
No TE seems to be real high on UGA at this time yet we are mentioned by a few, do you see more TE offers going out soon, if so to who?
Kipp Adams (1:44 PM)
Hunter Henry and Josh McNeil both announced a top five and a top six recently, and UGA made the cut for both, so they are still in the mix to get an elite target at the position.I could see the Bulldogs trying to get both of them in this class, and it appears they are battling it out will Alabama right now.If the miss out on both, keep an eye on A.J. Jackson of Lovejoy and Jordan Davis of Thomson. Both are getting interest from Georgia and would love an offer.
Kipp has any coaches at UGA checked in on Herschel Walkers nephew down in Savannah. What do you think of him?
Kipp Adams (1:49 PM)
Yes, UGA has been showing interest in the sophomore tight end from Calvary Day (Ga.) and with good reason. Not only does Milan Richard have outstanding bloodlines, he also has BCS size (6-3, 230) and athletic ability.Look for the 2014 prospect to emerge with several offers by this time next year.
Taj Williams and Reggie Davis down in FL seem to be really high on UGA and Taj is suppose to announce this summer, where does UGA sit with them and do you think we would take both with Lemay and North still on our board?
Kipp Adams (1:52 PM)
I think UGA is in great shape right now to land both of the Lincoln HS standouts. Because of the spots available, UGA would likely try to take all four of the wideouts you listed if possible.Marquez North is a prospect I could see UGA taking as long as they have a scholarship available. He is that good.
Josh Johnson (Brunswick, GA)
Any whisperings of commitments on the horizon?
Kipp Adams (1:54 PM)
Sure. Check with DawgNation in about a week and we will see if UGA any more prospects committed.
Will Georgia sign more then 30 recruits this year
Kipp Adams (1:55 PM)
They are trying to. It all depends on the number on scholarship. The potential is there to sign 33.I discussed this in detail two months ago here if you want to read up:http://insider.espn.go.com/colleges/georgia/football/recruiting/story/_/id/7682963/georgia-bulldogs-potential-sign-30-recruits-class-2013
Jason (Lawrenceville, GA)
How many WR's are UGA looking to bring in with this class, and what's there chances with guys like Marquez North, Demarcus Robinson, Stacey Coley, and Jordan Cunningham? Do they have any realistic shot at Robert Foster?
Kipp Adams (1:58 PM)
I think UGA tries to bring in 4 wide receivers in this class. I list Tramel Terry as an athlete, so right now Kyrin Priester is the sole wideout commitment.Uriah LeMay, Marquez North, Reggie Davis, Taj Williams, Alvin Bailey and juco WR Corey Smith are the ones UGA is in the best shape with right now.
Chris (Stone Mount)
Kipp are there anymore JUCO guys UGA is really after? I know they want a JUCO safety so do you think Taj Letman gets his offer now, since he will be able to EE.
Kipp Adams (2:05 PM)
Georgia has made offers to several junior college prospects so far.OT Trenton BrownNG Chris Mayes (commit)CB Chris Nelson (commit)WR Corey SmithWR Jonathan RumphOL/DL Ben BradleyDL Toby JohnsonWR Jatavius StewartAre a few of the targets so far.I do not think UGA will make a move on Letman until they are sure they could get him in December. TE
Tony (Richmond, CA)
How do you rate Georgia's chances with Mackenzie Alexander?
Kipp Adams (2:06 PM)
Lukewarm right now. I think Clemson and Florida are the leaders for him at the moment.
Keenan (Atlanta, GA)
When do you anticipate Josh Cardiello pulling the trigger for the Dawgs?
Kipp Adams (2:07 PM)
I could see Cardiello making his decision by the end of the month, and Georgia is in great shape right now, but UF and FSU also have a shot.
Keenan (Atlanta, GA)
With Nkemdiche apparently being a long shot, are the Bulldogs pursuing any other DEs?
Kipp Adams (2:09 PM)
Definitely.Montravius Adams, Kelsey Griffin, Isaac Rochell, Antonio Riles, Jay Woods and Toby Johnson are some of the other targets that would play DE at Georgia.
Kipp Adams (2:10 PM)
Well guys that is all of the time I have today. Thanks for joining me, and I look forward to chatting with you again in two weeks.For those on twitter, feel free to follow me @KippLAdamsHave a great week!