If you are a college football lover like I am then you know that one of the biggest days for a program is right at two weeks away. College football’s national signing day gives teams a chance to ‘dream’. It is the NFL draft of the college game.
That being said I have spoke with a few recruits and have a few predictions for my beloved Georgia Bulldogs.
The decommitments are surprising. Given the change in coaching staff it was inevitable. Howver, I don’t think it’s been a bad thing. The worst one so far was that of Texas running back Devwah Whaley. Some folks are telling me that Nick Chubb could have to have another surgery, thus keeping him out for part of the 2016 season. With the loss of Keith Marshall, the back situation is already thin. Dawg fans also have to remember B.J. Emmons was commited to the Dawgs at one point before decommiting under Coach Mark Richt. Look for Justin Crawford from Northwest Mississippi College to possible get a late offer. The three star Columbus, Georgia native has always dreamed of wearing red and black
The offensive line is in dire need. Georgia hasn’t had a really good line in sometime. New line coach Sam Pittman likes the big cornbread fed lineman. That being said , Aaron Dowdell decommited this week. Georgia is stacked with guards but are really looking for tackles. What’s the difference? Tackles can be a little smaller and are looked at to be quicker. They also make probably the least amount of money in the NFL. Tackles have the hard job. They must keep the ends or safeties from blazing around and getting the quarterback. These are the long, heavy guys. Georgia does not have that.
Look for four-star EJ Price out of Archer to be wearing a G on signing day. The 8th best tackle in the country is listed as 6’6” and 311 pounds. He is a mountain of a man and should work well with early enrollee Ben Cleveland 6’ 6” and 319. I spoke with Cleveland in person this season several times and he is without a doubt one of the biggest men I have ever stood next to. That 319 is ALL muscle.
Another tackle that the Dawgs could get is Florida Gator commitment Jawaan Taylor. The 6’5” 330 Florida native is being sought after heavily and could flip the last day. Keep an eye out for him. If he visits Georgia over the next week he should be a lock.
The Dawgs are in need of another big playmaking receiver. Losing Malcolm Mitchell will be hard for Georgia to overcome. Charlie Woerner (6’ 5” 230) will be a big across the middle guy will never be a speedster. Trey Nixon to Georgia is starting to gain some steam. I feel that he will sign with the Dawgs.
The two big question marks are playmaking 5 stars Demetris Robertson and Mecole Hardman. Mecole has said that Alabama is his top choice, but speaking with several people close to him they think that is nothing but a ruse to excite the Bulldog faithful. Hardman spent a lot of time with Jacob Eason during his final visit to Georgia last month and the two seem to have a spark. The kid lives less than an hour away from Athens and has always been a Dawg. The wildcard is Robertson. The Savannah native has dreams of going to Stanford. He is taking his SAT this weekend and if his score is high enough he will be west coast bound. It’s a sad day when Bulldog fans wishes a kid a bad day of test taking. If he fails to be a Cardinal I expect he will be a Dawg. He’s a guy that may wait to sign after signing day.
Don’t be surprised to see wide receiver Randrecous Davis decommit. He has been a Richt guy from day one and my money has him on South Beach in the fall.
I also don’t think Ben Davis will end up in Athens. He, like Hardman, I think is playing the game. The Alabama legacy will be a Crimson Tide.
However, 5 star Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson could actually end up in Athens. If he does this would be a huge momentum swinger for Kirby. I can not tell you the last time Georgia got a top kid from the state of Alabama. Between the Tide and Tigers they have the state on lockdown. My head tells me he will be at Bama but my heart says all Dawg.
Other players to watch out for? Derrek Brown would be huge. The top player in the state has had Georgia at the top of his list for sometime, but recent trips to Auburn has slowed that down. He had the best performance of any player in the all-star game recently and would only boaster an already monster front with Trent Thompson.
Keep an eye on Brian Burns from American Heritage in Florida. The 51st best player in the country has had a spotlight on him for sometime. A recent trip to Athens helped the Dawgs case, but I still think he will end up with the Gators.
Nigel Warrior from Peachtree Ridge would be huge. The 4th best safety in the country has been intrigued by hiring of Mel Tucker. Talk about huge get, but I think he will follow his dad’s legacy and end up at Tennessee.
Keep an eye on:
Georgia commits Jaleel Laguins is being pursued hard by Bama’s Pruitt. He could be a late flip from the Dawgs. As could JUCO wide receiver Javon Wims. South Carolina’s Bryan McClendon has been on him hard. Notice a pattern there?
With under two weeks to go before the last hurrah before spring practice, teams are working just as hard as ever to get to the next step.
Let’s hope the right players ‘commit the the G’.
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