Do you think we will get Todd Gurley and Mike Davis? And if not which one are we more likely to get?
I know we have blake tibbs but are there any other good wide receivers we will get?
Happy Holidays everyone! Less than two months until signing day for the 2012 class, and it looks like many of the University of Georgia's top targets will be waiting until the last minute to announce their decision. Looking forward to answering your questions about UGA recruiting, so lets get right to it.
Georgia is hoping to get one of, if not the top juco wide receiver in the country, Cordarrelle Patterson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson C.C.). Patterson, at 6-3, 211-pounds, has had 3357 yards of offense and scored 36 touchdowns the last two years, and the NJCAA 1st Team All-American is seriously considering Georgia, as well as Tennessee, Auburn and possibly Baylor.
Signing two highly talented running backs in the same class is never easy, but signing three is rare. Honestly I feel the Georgia coaches would love to bring add Davis AND Gurley in this class, but they also are hoping to bring in six offensive linemen as well.Right now it looks like Georgia is at or near the top for both of their RB targets, but neither plan to announce their decision until later in January. If Gurley likes what he sees out of Fedora at North Carolina, he might decide to stick with the in-state Tarheels. The Dawgs might be more likely to get Davis, but they will have to compete with South Carolina and possibly Clemson as well.
In the lsu game it looked like our defense wore out without enough depth. Are we gaining more depth in our recruiting this year. And will our d be better next year because of the depth?
The bad news is that Georgia currently only has four commitments slated to come in and play defense. The good news is that those four should provide much needed depth to the front seven, especially at the line of scrimmage. John Atkins, Johnathan Taylor and possibly James Deloach should provide Georgia with a much deeper rotation along the defensive line, and Leonard Floyd is a raw, but very athletic pass rusher off the edge.The defensive graduates defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson and cornerback Brandon Boykin, but with the emergence of Garrison Smith and Damian Swann and nine other starters returning, the defense has the potential to be even better on paper than the No. 3 total defense the Bulldogs had in 2011.
Hey Kipp, did you hear the rumors of Dawson and Redmond trying to commit on campus and being told by CMR to sleep on it? When do you think they flip?
Yes I did, and they were just that: rumors. They did not intend on committing during their trip, as both were on campus without their families to discuss things.That being said, once they talk things over, I would not be surprised to see either make the switch to Georgia. Both really enjoyed themselves this weekend and like what the program has to offer.
What is going with Kent Turene, will he be able to play next year?
As of now, Turene still has to be fully cleared to play at Georgia. That could happen today, next month, six months from now, or not at all. Turene could wait until next fall to try and enroll, but there is a strong chance he would still not be cleared, and at that point he might not have many options.It is that uncertainty that could force Turene to accept a spot at a school that accepts partial qualifiers. Look for him to wait a couple more weeks to see where the case stands, and if it is not cleared in January, to explore his other options.
Do you think Georgia is talking to any nose tackles who could get offers if Jenkins decides to enter the draft?
Not to my knowledge. Georgia is set to bring in two of the top interior defensive linemen in the country in John Atkins and Jonathan Taylor, and it would appear the coaches in Athens are comfortable with that.
Could you compare Gurley and Davis for us? Which back do you prefer?
Gurley: 6-1, 215, 2,500 yards rushing and scored 38 touchdowns in 15 games, including 242 yards and 4 TD to help Tarboro win 3rd straight state championship. Had 119 yards and 2 TD in the Shine Bowl All-Star game this weekend against the best in South Carolina. A Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl selection, Gurley has rare acceleration for a back his size, with the ability to cut it outside for long gains or break tackles inside. Davis: 5-10, 205, 1,918 yards and 21 touchdowns in 11 games. An Army All-American and Offense-Defense All-American selection, Davis has few weaknesses in his game. He can block, catch passes out of the backfield, and does a great job of getting yards on his own. In the open field, he typically wins the 1-on-1 battle, whether by using his impressive stiff arm or simply making the defender miss. Any program would be hard-pressed to decide on which of those two to take. Both are very outstanding running backs, and either could provide Georgia with 15-20 carry a game workhorse. I would favor Gurley slightly because of his size/speed combination, but Davis might be the more natural running back. That might seem like a cop out, but that is just how equally talented I see them as.
Does Gurley still intend to commit on the 3rd?
Doutbful. For a couple months now, Gurley had planned on making his decision at the Semper Fidelis Marine All-American Bowl Jan. 3rd. He has since stated he would prefer to come back home and announce with his family and friends. Also have to account that UNC has a new coach who Gurley is checking on to see how he connects with. So with the contact period not starting again until Jan. 4th, the chances of Gurley announcing Jan. 3rd are currently slim.
After Murray and Mason who may transfer, what does UGA's QB recruiting strategy look like going forward? Is Bauta just going to be an all around weapon and is Brice the QB we really need for the future?
Bauta is a quarterback/athlete that Georgia is bringing in and giving the chance to develop as a quarterback, knowing that if it does not work out there he could also help them at ILB or TE. Bauta has the tools to play QB at the BCS level, but he is still early in his development after not playing in a pro-style offense as a junior and splitting time on defense.Brice Ramsey has the tools to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country for next year. His size, throwing motion and arm strength are exceptional, and he is the most talented quarterback I have seen in Georgia in the past five years. He might not throw for 2000 yards in the wing-t at Camden County, but he is operating under center and is very efficient in doing so. No quarterback at Georgia has stated any plans to transfer, but with Murray eligible to play two more years, it remains to be seen if Christian LeMay and Hutson Mason will stick around for their chance to start. Georgia looks to be preparing for that possibility with Bauta, and if both leave would need to bring in another for 2013. Johnathon McCrary at Cedar Grove would likely be their top target for a 2nd QB.
What does UGA have to do recruiting wise to catch up with Alabama and LSU on the field?
Georgia got away from their roots a couple years ago, targeting prospects from south Florida that might have had more upside than the in-state talent. While the reward could be great, they were burned by many deciding to stay close to home toward the end of the recruiting cycle.Georgia needs to continue to focus on what has helped them win 10 or more games 7 of the last 11 years, and that is securing the majority of their class from homegrown talent, and supplementing it with top tier out of state targets. You can justify bringing in out of state players like A.J. Green, Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno and now Keith Marshall. But closing the borders on top 30 prospects as much as possible should always be the top priority for the Georgia coaching staff.If they do that consistently, they can compete with anyone in the country for top talent and overall depth.
Hey Kipp, excellent work my man...you do one heck of a job of keeping us in the loop. My question is, with the job that Todd Grantham has done the past two years and his ties with the NFL, do you think we can steal some of these in state high star recruits that have already comitted to other schools?
Georgia is currently after linebackers Dillon Lee (Alabama), Ukeme Eligwe (FSU), Josh Dawson (Vanderbilt), and cornerback Josh Holsey (Auburn).Lee looks to be solid to Alabama, and barring any drastic coaching changes should enroll there the first week of January. Eligwe took an official to UGA two weeks ago, and stated after the trip he was solid to the Seminoles. I do not think Georgia is out of it just yet for Eligwe.Dawson plans on taking an official to Georgia in January, but has not finalized a date just yet. The Bulldogs could look to make a big push for him soon.Georgia went by Creekside last week to let Holsey know they still want him, and after seeing both coordinators leave Auburn, an official to Georgia is very possible.The Holsey situation is one to watch for sure, and could be a big break for Georgia with a top 10 in-state prospect.
Hey Kipp, So in your opinion - besides the running backs and OL needs, who is our most valuable recruit not committed that is still a possibility?
Well you handicapped me right off the bat by taking away two of the biggest needs for the current class, but I will go with the flow and give it my best shot.As always, this is my opinion, and not that of the Georgia coaching staff. Grantham wants to get the best 11 on the field at the same time, and last year that meant putting inside linebacker Alec Ogletree coming off the edge in some situations. Bringing in a talented pass rusher off the edge like Jordan Jenkins could allow the Bulldogs to keep Ogletree inside. Jenkins is similar to current UGA All-American Jarvis Jones in many ways....both went to high schools in the Columbus area, both have similar size coming out of high school, both have first and last names starting with "J", and both are students of the game. Grantham and staff are going all out for Jenkins, and with good reason.
What are UGA's chances with Cordarelle Patterson?
As good as any in my opinion. Georgia has been on Patterson as long as any school other than Tennessee, and have sold him on making that A.J. Green like impact in Athens. Tony Ball has let him know he will do his best to develop him for the next level, and I feel the Bulldogs have a great shot at having him in uniform next fall.
How does Ramsey compare to Stafford in terms of arm strength?
I never got to see Stafford at the high school level, but I would put his arm up there with Zach Mettenberger's in terms of arm strength, plus his throwing motion is much more fluid at the same stage. Mettenberger seemed to force some of his throws, while Ramsey appears to make all of the throws effortlessly.
Why didn't we go after Tracy Howard and where do we sit with Nelson Agholor?
Howard stated early he had Georgia as a favorite growing up, but once the recruiting process really cranked up for him he was never seriously considering Georgia.Georgia is still a possibility for one of the two remaining official visits with Nelson Agholor, but so is USC, Florida State, Texas, and Auburn. I feel their chances with him are a longshot at the moment, but there is little to no info coming out of the Agholor camp, so anything is a possibility.
Can Grantham reel in Jenkins? Bama has a numbers issue, so that could help uga out w Jenkins and Tomlinson. Thoughts?
Georgia has a better chance with Jenkins than some realize, and if that is because of Alabama filling up, than I cannot see UGA having any problems with that.Not so sure on Tomlinson, who has maintained a top two of Alabama and Georgia Tech for months. They are still in the mix, but it is not a sure thing they get him back on campus again either.
The negative recruiting tactics coming from other SEC schools regarding Richt's position seem to have hurt us in the beginning. Do you see that now backfiring on some of the entities that used that approach?
I have not heard of any prospects mentioning negative recruiting against Georgia. That seed is now planted with high school coaches, message boards, social networking and the media, so there is no need for college coaches to negative recruit anymore.
Anything new on Josh Harvey-Clemens recruitment? I'm hearing that Florida might be cooling off. Does that make us the favorite?
I have not heard of Florida cooling off, and honestly it would surprise me to hear the Gators turning away the top prospect in Georgia. But regardless, there are many in Valdosta who feel the Bulldogs could very well be the team to beat at the moment.I think it will be those two teams battling it out for Harvey-Clemons all the way until signing day.
do you see Georgia gettin any good cbs
I like the potential of Will Redmond and Sheldon Dawson, both being the taller defensive backs that Lakatos is looking for in the secondary.If Georgia is able to snag Josh Holsey or Yuri Wright and one of the two Memphis area standouts, they will definitely be adding solid additions at defensive back.
If UGA gets most of their targets where would they be ranked?
Well today's class ranking update has Georgia at No.7 with 17 commitments. I do not currently project Kent Turene or Jalen Fields in that class, but that should have a minimal effect on the ranking. If they bring in 7 of their top 10 targets, and a few other late offers, they stand a great chance of staying right where they are inside the top 10.
Does UGA have a good shot in pulling Reuben Foster away from Bama??
I think this one is a long way from being over with. Foster is from Alabama, has family in Alabama, and his household like the Tide, but Foster knows what kind of impact he can have early in Athens. He told me last summer before he committed that while Alabama is clearly his top school, he is not sure when he would play there. With no inside linebackers currently committed in the 2012 class, Georgia should be very appealing to any inside backers in the 2013 class, and Foster is well aware of that.
Tray Matthews seems to be recruiting reuben foster hard and even said on twitter that he was coming to uga. Is UGA totally out of this? With the way 2013 has started, could uga make a run at the number 1 class next year?
Georgia is definitely not out of it for Reuben Foster, or he would not have made the trip up to Athens last week to watch bowl practice.Georgia currently has commitments from three of the top juniors in the country in Brice Ramsey, Derrick Henry, and Tray Matthews, and they are after some of the best prospects across the board for 2013 as well. With the state of Georgia looking deep for next year, and out of state prospects like Laremy Tunsil, Tramey Terry, Garrett Sickels and Greg Byrant all liking the Bulldogs, there is a great chance Georgia could make a push for a top class in 2013.
Kipp, do you project Atkins and Taylor as NT's or DE's in the 3-4? I think both could do either, but would love to get those guys at DE with a monster in the middle. Atkisn reminds me a little of Geno Atkins....fair comparison?
I think Taylor will play inside, and Atkins will play all three positions on the defensive line if he stays on defense. Those monsters in the middle you speak of are rare. I did not get to see Geno in high school, but I believe Josh is a little bigger than Geno at this stage, albeit with similar athleticism from what I saw of Geno on film. Geno had the advantage of playing against some of the top talent in Florida at St. Thomas Aquinas, while John made the transition to defense this year against mostly weak AAA competition. With both being 300+ in high school, playing at 325 at the next level is easily possible, which would still give Georgia two imposing bodies on the DL.
Alright guys, time for me to go wrap some presents. Really enjoyed the chat today, and hope you did as well. Happy Holidays and an early Happy New Year to everyone.Those on twitter can follow me @KippLAdams