Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Lets dive into another round of recruiting questions on the University of Georgia.
Kipp, with the Dawgs winning the SEC East this weekend....did they help themselves out with anyone? Any good news coming our way?
Georgia had several key targets in attendance last weekend for their 19-10 victory over Kentucky, and clearly the nine game winning streak has not gone unnoticed with prospects. In my opinion, the biggest impression made from the weekend was with their lone official visitor, juco tight end Blake Jackson. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect might have been leaning towards Arkansas or Oklahoma State coming into his third official visit, but I would not be surprised at all if the Bulldogs took over the lead for Jackson. He has one final scheduled official visit, but Radi Nabulsi got the impression from their conversation on Sunday that Jackson is very high on Georgia right now.
how do you think UGA is sitting right now with WR Patterson? I Know he didnt commit to UT this past weekend. Uusally JUCO want to start right away and win and i think UGA can provide him that more than UT
Patterson is not saying too much right now, but getting the final visit with a target is big. The gala weekend has always been very successful for Georgia as far as recruiting goes, and if he does in fact decide days after, the Bulldogs will be fresh in his mind. Tennessee offered first, has a former high school teammate in quarterback Justin Worley, and has had Patterson on campus three times so far, so the Volunteers are still very much in contention for his services. Look for Georgia to go all out with their top remaining receiver target and attempt to sell him on playing opposite Malcolm Mitchell for one of the top returning quarterbacks in the country in Aaron Murray.
has keith marshall picked a date yet on when he will commit.
From the last few times I have spoken with Marshall, including this morning, the first week of December was the unofficial goal as far as announcing his decision. But the five-star running back has not set an actual date yet, with South Carolina likely to get his final visit this weekend. Getting a commitment from Marshall would provide a huge boost in recruiting momentum going into Gala weekend, but watch out for the Gamecocks and Clemson as well.
How are we looking for Dillion Lee. You think Bama might cool on him if he takes an OV to UGA.
Things are starting to get pretty interesting with the Buford standout linebacker. Due to the previous linebacker coach having others higher on his board, Georgia was too late to be a serious contender for Lee, and the ESPNU150 talent chose to commit to Alabama, who he had developed a strong relationship with. But Georgia has not let up since Lee's commitment in May, and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and inside linebacker coach Kirk Olivadotti have made Lee a priority over the last six months. Lee has been on campus for almost every Georgia home game this year, and has admitted it was not just to see his brother Dallas, who started at guard earlier this year before going down with a broken fibula., who started at guard earlier this year before going down with a broken fibula. More often than not, committed prospects stick to their original school unless there is a coaching change. That being said, I will feel that Georgia is a serious contender for Lee if and when they get him back on campus for an official visit. That could make his decision very difficult. Having been to over 20 games in Athens, Lee has been impressed with how well Georgia's defense has performed in year two under Coach Grantham. I do not expect Alabama to make things easy at all for Georgia in their attempts to get Lee to switch to the home school. With plans to enroll early, Lee will have to make his choice within the next month.
Does the fact UGA offered a JUCO TE suggest O. Charles is leaving early?
I think Georgia is in great shape to get Blake Jackson, regardless of whether or not Orson Charles leaves early for the NFL Draft. Jackson is more of a big receiver than a true tight end, so Georgia could easily use both on the field at the same time.
Do you think we will get both keith marshall and todd gurley and how likely is that, because we need them?
it is always tough to bring in highly talented running backs in the same class, but in Georgia's case I believe their lack of depth and Isaiah Crowell's up and down season make the Bulldogs very appealing for both Marshall and Gurley.Marshall is the higher rated prospect and had an impressive senior season, racking up 1,848 yards and 24 touchdowns even though opposing defenses keyed in on him every week. But Gurley is also a North Carolina player of the year candidate, with 2,190 rushing yards 30 touchdowns. Marshall is 5-foot-11, 195-pouds and Gurley is now up to 6-1, 215-pounds so adding both elite track stars could make life much easier for running backs Coach Bryan McClendon, who has had to rely on walk-ons for much of the last month.
Is there anything new with Reuben Foster or is it the same ole stuff
Foster was slated to visit Athens last weekend for the Kentucky game, but a late arrival cost the Bulldogs' staff valuable recruiting tim with the junior linebacker. Georgia has done everything they can so far to convince Foster, who has a family full of Alabama fans, to consider playing for the Bulldogs. His recruitment is far from over, but as of now Georgia will continue to face an uphill battle for the 2013 star.
Do we know yet if Turene is going to be able to enroll for the spring
Still waiting on the NCAA clearinghouse to make a ruling on Turene. Their decision could come tomorrow or next month. If they clear him, then Turene should arrive in Athens with full eligibility. If not, then the former Boyd Anderson (Fla.) linebacker will likely have to attend junior college, putting his status as a Bulldog commitment very much in doubt. It's a complicated, cloudy situation that could honestly go either way.
Anything new with Yuri Wright, will he give us OV anytime soon like the GALA. If you had to guess where do you think he will land
Nothing new on Wright, who continues to list Georgia in his final group, but has yet to mention any plans to make an official visit to Athens. Michigan looks like they might have the inside track for the tall cornerback at the moment
Who would UGA as their second RB next year Dye or Green?
No way of knowing exactly how Georgia feels, but in my opinion while Dye may not be a pure running back, he is the better overall prospect. Others like Greg Bryant and Tyren Jones could also be considered by the Bulldogs to fill a 2nd running back spot for 2013 alongside Derrick Henry.
What are the needs at OLB/ILB, and what top flight running backs are being recruited to help give the running game depth?
Georgia could use a pair of inside linebackers in the 2012 class, as they will only have Alec Ogletree, Amarlo Herrera and Brandon Burrows after next year. Ukeme Eligwe and Dillon Lee are the top targets at the position, with Georgia awaiting word on 2010 signee Kent Turene. They would also like to bring in two more playmaking outside linebackers to pair with Leonard Floyd. Jordan Jenkins, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Kenderius Whitehead and Josh Dawson are all considering the Bulldogs. As for running backs, as mentioned before, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are the top and really only targets on the board for Georgia.
What's the latest on Dalvin? Has our interest picked back up recently?
Tomlinson was on the sidelines Saturday to watch Georgia beat Kentucky, and has kind of reopened his recruitment up somewhat after having Alabama and Georgia Tech on top earlier in the process. With the loss of juco defensive end Jalen Fields, the Bulldogs might become strong contenders for the Henry County defensive lineman.
How exactly does the gala work and why is it so effective with the recruits? Who is all coming for the gala? How many of the recruits in attendance would you say stand a decent signing with UGA?
The Gala banquet is an awards ceremony that promotes the success of the players on and off the field. The reason is resonates so well in recruiting is because the prospects get a firsthand look at just the type of support the Georgia program gets from the University and alumni alike. Look for most of the current commitments to be in attendance, as well as offensive tackle Avery Young, inside linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, defensive back Will Redmond, linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons, athlete Sheldon Dawson, defensive back Chaz Elder, and Cordarelle Patterson. Buford linebacker Dillon Lee is a possibility as well, and the list will likely add a few more uncommitted targets over the next two weeks.
If Georgia can only offer/take one of Redmond or Dawson, which would be your choice?
Wow tough call. Guess it depends on whether or not UGA gets Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Both Redmond and Dawson are versatile athletes, but Redmond may be the better fit as a defensive back. So if both are being considered as defensive prospects only, I would give Redmond a slight edge. Dawson could also help out at running back, so he is one to keep an eye on if UGA misses out on their top 2 RB targets.
with our recruiting class this year can win a national championship next year?
Would imagine it depends on the offseason decisions of Jarvis Jones and Bacarri Rambo. Those are the top two recruits on the board for UGA in my opinion.
is Keith Marshall coming to Georgia? And is Todd gurley coming too?
Ask me again January 3 and I can give you a better answer. As of now I would say there is a great chance of it happening.
Kipp, we need some more physical running backs, not backs that tap out early everytime they get dinged. I haven't seen Marshall much but is he more of a physical or finesse back? Beat Tech!
Marshall is not a power back by any means, but Todd Gurley appears to be a better option as far as being physically ready to take the hits that come with playing running back in the SEC. Marshall is more of a C.J. Spiller type in that he is a home run threat on any given down.
Hey Kipp, I noticed that both Gurley and Marshall have raved about their visit to Clemson? What are the chances that Georgia gets one or both of these running backs? I know Marshall is enrolling early, so when can we expect a decision?
I like Georgia's chances with both, but Gurley did admit to wanting to play for Clemson when he was younger. Marshall plans to decide the 1st week of December, with Gurley announcing his decision on Jan 3.
Any 5 star recruits that may decide to decommit and come to UGA?
I do not see any of the four committed five-stars going to Georgia, but they are still in great shape for Keith Marshall.
Do you think that the Dawgs have any shot with Aghlor?
No I expect Agholor to choose Florida when all is said and done.
Do you think that Georgia will have a top 10 recruiting class?
If Georgia can close strong with Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley, Cordarrelle Patterson, Blake Jackson, Avery Young, Kenderius Whitehead, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Dalvin Tomlinson, get inside linebacker Ukeme Eligwe or Dillon Lee to switch, and pull in a couple of talented athletes to play defensive back, then I see no reason why the class should not rank up there among the best in the country.
Are there any ILBs who could get offers if we miss on Lee and Iligwe?
Tucker inside linebacker Jacob Sealand is one to keep an eye on. Coach Grantham saw him play earlier this year. He is a solid tackler who may not be the best in space, but does a great job at attacking the run downhill.
Kipp, with the season UGA is completing, do you think CMR gets and extension after the SECC game and if so do you believe it will help recruiting? Additionally if the extension comes later maybe after the bowl games does this hurt with early qualifiers selecting UGA?
I have no knowledge when it comes to an extension, so check with Radi Nabulsi and David Ching for more info on that. I do not think any of the remaining prospects are worried about Richt's job security at this point because he has answered those questions on the field this year.
Who does C. Patterson sign with?
I honestly felt that there was a good chance Patterson would pull the trigger and commit to Tennessee on his official visit last weekend.That did not happen.So heading into his official to Georgia for the Gala banquet, I feel the Bulldogs have as good a shot as anyone.
Is there any surprises that UGA fans might get during the high school all star games for commits?
If defensive backs Chaz Elder and Trae Elston are still undecided when the Under Armour All-America game begins, then either could decide on Georgia. South Carolina leads for Elder at the moment and Elston has yet to visit, so there is still work to be done with both to make that happen.
if we get Marshall and gurley which one will we redshirt, or will we play both?
I would give the edge to Marshall simply because he is enrolling early. He will have the chance to get accustomed to college life, learn the playbook, and get valuable reps in the spring.I just cannot place enough value on the merits of enrolling early.
What position do you think Harvey-Clemons is better suited for? I thought OLB until I watched the Lowndes-Grayson playoff game.
I like Harvey-Clemons as an outside linebacker in the Boss Bailey, Tommy Polley mold. Both came out of high school as ultra athletic, yet underweight talents that saw the field early because of their immense potential sideline to sideline. Both played the majority of their college careers under 230 pounds, and I have no reason to believe that Harvey-Clemons, who is currently 6-5, 206 or so, cannot do the same.Do I think he can be a wide receiver at the BCS level? Yes. He may have some issues getting the separation needed to be an elite wideout at the next level, but he is the top prospect in Georgia because he ha a chance to be successful at both positions at the next level.
Do you expect Blake Tibbs to get a 4th star?
I have not spoken to Tom Luginbill or Craig Haubert about rankings, but there is zero reason to believe that Tibbs will not skyrocket in the next update.
I have noticed with the recruiting,the teams that won the NC or competed for the title have done better than usual. With UGA's success on the field, we should see another great recruiting class. It seems UGA is back on track to be in the NC hunt.
Recruiting rankings, like most things in life, are not an exact science. But there is a direct correlation between highly rated classes and on the field success. But they were able to reel in a top class last year after going 6-7, so on the field success is not always the key to bringing in top talent. It is all about selling recruits on your program, and over the last decade Mark Richt has been one of the best in the business in that regard.
Can we make this the last time Mark Richt and "Hot Seat" are used in the same question?
No guarantees, but I think you have some to enjoy not seeing that question for the near future.
Asked on the forum, but here goes. How good of a QB is Bauta?
From what I saw from his senior film, Bauta is a work in progress. I like his arm, ability to stand in the pocket and make tough throws, and his competitiveness. He is in a very different system than he was up in New York, but he has worked very hard to adapt and pick up more of a pro-style passing game.He will arrive in Athens with great physical tools, but very raw as a true passer. Its a challenge that Bobo has accepted, knowing if it does not work out he has D1 ability as a FB, TE or ILB.
Do you think Nkemdiche is actually considering the Bulldogs, or is time recruiting best spent elsewhere?
Not seriously, but I do not see any harm in continuing to recruit him. He might be the best player I have seen in Georgia over the last six years of covering recruiting in the Peach State.
will the game agaist gt help us sign any recruits?
I cannot see it making an impact with any specific prospects, but it never hurts to keep momentum going into the SEC Championship game.
Alright guys, that will do it for today. As always, thanks for stopping by. Feel free to submit questions for next week's mailbag on the Pound, via email at kippadamsESPN@gmail.com, or on twitter. You can follow me @KippLAdams. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!