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 email@example.com.
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Kipp Adams (12:04 PM)
Hello everyone,Hope you are doing well today. I will do my best to get to as many UGA-related recruiting questions as possible, so I appreciate your patience. For those on twitter you can follow me @KippLAdams.Let's dive in.
Matt (Austin, TX)
Kipp,We're fairly loaded up now at wide receiver but I know there's still a few receivers out there with offers from us. Are we prepared to accept their commitments or do we have to pull back now with 4 already as part of this class?
Kipp Adams (12:06 PM)
I think now that Reggie Davis and Uriah LeMay are on board, Georgia will probably hold 1 spot open for Marquez North because he has the total package when projecting to UGA's offense. Do not count out juco WR Jonathan Rumph either because he has elite size for the position at 6-5, 200 pounds.
David A. (Savannah)
How worried should we Georgia fans be about Derrick Henry's commitment? If Henry did exit this class, would it guarantee Alvin Kamara's commitment and also take us a step closer to putting the Kamara-Foster-Matthews trio together in Athens?
Kipp Adams (12:11 PM)
Concern is warranted in this situation. Henry will visit Alabama on June 8, and while it is not a forgone conclusion by any means that the ESPN 150 prospect will switch to the Tide, he is taking a serious look at Alabama and it is not out of the question that he could be listed on their commitment list by the end of the month.That being said, UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon has been on Henry and will likely stay on him even if he switches. His recruitment is far from over either way.Kamara has UGA high on his list, regardless of what Henry does. Not guaranteeing a commitment whatsoever, but Georgia is in strong shape for the in-state running back target.Reuben Foster is going to be an ongoing story for the entire summer, so there is no telling right now where he will end up when all is said and done.
How are things going with the recruitment of both Montravius Adams and Laremy Tunsil? Do you expect us to land 1, both, neither?
Kipp Adams (12:14 PM)
It would be tough to project both on the board for UGA right now, but I will say that it would not surprise me one bit to see both of them sign with UGA.The Bulldogs are in the top 2-3 for both elite prospects, and with neither of them expected to decide until signing day, there is plenty of time to separate themselves from the pack.
What are the chances of the "package" deal for Foster, Matthews, and Kamara come to fruition?
Kipp Adams (12:15 PM)
Would say minimal at best, but if one program gets two of the three committed I would take it much more seriously.
What would be the perception of Richt if UGA fails to one of the top four recruits in the state(Nkemdiche, Foster, Lawson, Adams)? I know that Foster is residing in Alabama now but he had been in Georgia for a long time. It appears that UGA is getting commits but not getting the top players.
Kipp Adams (12:22 PM)
I think there is a serious perception issue with getting 1-2 players instead of filling your class with highly talented prospects that can help your team win football games.Foster is from Alabama, Lawson never had any interest in UGA and vice versa, Nkemdiche has had consistent interest in Georgia and UGA has made a huge jump for Adams after he stated early his intentions to leave the state.Georgia has as many prospects committed now as they did last season, and I think top to bottom, it might be a stronger group than the 2012 class, which was rated as No. 5 in the country.With room to sign up to 14 more, the Bulldogs have a chance to really load up on talent in 2013. What's more, by filling most of its needs by the end of the summer, the UGA staff can focus on the elite targets that are waiting until signing day. Having a large group of commits to lean on the other prospects can't hurt either.Like I said, its all about perception. My opinion on recruiting is, focus on who you get, because those are the only ones that will affect if your program is successful or not.
With two more WR commits this weekend, that puts UGA at four. First, where do you feel we stand with Marquez North? And with four and maybe North coming on board too, has Georgia pulled themselves out of the push for Alvin Bailey?
Kipp Adams (12:24 PM)
I think UGA is 3rd/4th for Marquez North right now, but they could very easily move up because he has visited the programs ahead of UGA more frequently. Once he gets to Athens again things could change.Tough to say on Bailey as they have a couple guys like Terry, Green and Reggie Davis that have somewhat similar skillsets to Bailey.
With the new additions at WR and the possibility of adding North or Bailey in the future, should there be concern over the possibility of losing Demarre Kitt even though he is a 2014 commit?
Kipp Adams (12:28 PM)
No. Most programs add multiple WR in every class, and even if Tramel Terry and JJ Green become full-time WR (not a complete certainty), that would only give UGA 9 WR going into 2014. And that is without any attrition. Long way to go until Kitt signs.
Will (Americus, GA)
Kipp with all the recent commits, what are our numbers looking like, can we actually sign 10 or more along with the 19 commits.
Kipp Adams (12:29 PM)
It all depends on the total No. of players on scholarship. If UGA has room under the 85 roster limit, it could sign up to 14 more if 8 of them enroll early.
Brett (Lagrange, GA )
Saftey Tray Matthews is committed to the Dawgs but seems to be flirting to Bama and now Auburn. Is he still a solid commit who is just having some fun on twitter or do you think his commitment is shaky?
Kipp Adams (12:31 PM)
Would not worry about Tray Matthews right now. He is very much solid to UGA at the moment.
Kipp, who do you think is top priority for the Dawgs on the OL & DL and how many more do you think they will take at those positions? Also, how hard is UGA recruiting Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil? Do you think there's a chance either one will visit UGA this summer?
Kipp Adams (12:36 PM)
I think along the offensive line, it all starts with 5-star OT Laremy Tunsil. The Bulldogs would hold a spot for him regardless, and multiple coaches from UGA have been heavily involved in his recruitment.I could see UGA taking 3-4 more offensive linemen in this class.Montravius Adams has to be at the top when talking defensive line. Sure, Nkemdiche is the best player in the country, but the interest level has not been reciprocated. Either could come in and play right away at Georgia, but Adams seems to be the one taking a serious look at playing in Athens next year.I think UGA could add up to three more defensive linemen in this class.
Kipp, do you think any of our current verbal commitments that are not currently rated will become 4 stars or in the ESPN 150 when the new rankings come out?
Kipp Adams (12:37 PM)
Yes I think several of them have a strong chance of being rated as 4-star prospects.
KJ (Sandy Springs)
What is your feelings right now on where we stand with Brendan Langley and Alvin Kamara?
Kipp Adams (12:38 PM)
Well UGA is 4th for Langley right now, but there is not a ton of difference between 1-4 in my eyes really.I think UGA could be the leader for Kamara at the moment.
I know there has been a lot of talk about Derrick Henry looking at other schools. Just how hard are we trying to keep him locked into UGA?
Kipp Adams (12:40 PM)
UGA is doing all they can, but they can only do so much from Athens. I am sure that regardless of Henry's recruiting status, Georgia will try to get him back on campus this summer.
Justin (Atlanta, GA)
It seems like UGA has the potential to bring in one of the best recruiting classes in history, not just in quantity, but also quality. How many of the following do you think UGA has the best chance at: Tunsil, Nkemdiche, Foster, Hargreaves, and Adams?
Kipp Adams (12:41 PM)
I would say UGA has the best chance of getting Tunsil and Adams right now. Foster and Nkemdiche are longshots at the moment. I just don't see Hargreaves leaving the state.
Now that we have Reggie Davis from Lincoln HS in FL what do you think our chances are of landing Taj Williams also from the same school? Williams seems to be a better overall WR then Davis, according to the scouting reports.
Kipp Adams (12:43 PM)
Williams does not have an offer from UGA, so as of right now he could not commit to the Bulldogs if he wanted to.
TheArm (Atlanta, Ga)
Odds Ramsey or Henry get pulled to another team?
Kipp Adams (12:44 PM)
Henry is taking a serious look around, but Brice Ramsey is solid and plans to enroll early at UGA.
King (Macon, Georgia)
Most underrated recruit on this class?
Kipp Adams (12:52 PM)
Reggie Wilkerson. Outstanding athlete with the frame to add weight. Kind of reminds me of A.J. Leggett in last year's class, and could get consideration for top 30 prospect in Florida when all is said and done.UGA tends to get in early with a prospect in Florida that emerges as a top talent each year, and Wilkerson looks to be that guy in this class, although Ryne Rankin is right there with him for me.
What are Georgias chances in landing Kelsey Griffin?
Kipp Adams (12:53 PM)
Griffin is a tough one to read right now, but I know he really likes Mark Richt and the staff. He has yet to name any favorites.
This class has the look and feel of the #1 class in the nation, do you agree?
Kipp Adams (12:54 PM)
I think UGA has built a group worthy of top five consideration, but Michigan could be tough to beat out right now when looking at their class top to bottom. It is an elite group.
How do you feel about the WR committments so far?
Kipp Adams (1:10 PM)
UGA has a solid WR group committed right now, although none are considered elite talents. I really liked the 2011 group of Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Chris Conley, and this class, with ESPN 150 prospect Tramel Terry, 4-stars Reggie Davis and Uriah LeMay, J.J. Green and Kyrin Priester, the Bulldogs have brought in a better class overall.Davis reminds me somewhat of Blake Tibbs, although Davis appears a step faster on film. Terry is similar to Quan Bray, but more physically developed at the same stage. J.J. Green has some qualities that remind me of Ace Sanders, who tore up Dawg Night a few years ago and now stars for South Carolina. LeMay reminds me of former Henry County standout Jamal-Rashad Patterson, now at Stanford. Priester is one that truly intrigues me, as I feel he may have the biggest upside of the group because he of his deceptive ability to find open spots on the field.
Kipp Adams (1:11 PM)
Ok that is all of the time I have for today. Thank you for joining me and I hope to see you again in two weeks!