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Georgia fans, you might as well hunker down. It’s gonna be a long day.
UGA targets on Signing Day
(All listed according to EST)
- 8 a.m.: 4-star DE/OLB Brian Burns (Plantation, Fla.). UGA, FSU or Florida.
- 8:30 a.m.: 5-star ATH Mecole Hardman, Jr. (Elberton, Ga.). UGA, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee Note: Televised by Fox 5 (Atlanta) and WXIA-TV (Atlanta).
- 9 a.m.: 3-star WR Tyler Simmons (Powder Springs, Ga.). The Alabama commit is down to UGA, Alabama and Miami.
- 9 a.m.: 4-star DT Michail Carter (Jackson, Ga.). UGA, Alabama, Clemson or Georgia Tech.
- 10 a.m.: 5-star ILB Ben Davis (Gordo, Ala.). UGA, Alabama, Auburn or Notre Dame. Televised on ESPNU.
- 10:30 a.m.: 4-star OT Jauan Williams (Washington, D.C.). UGA, FSU or Texas A&M.
- 10:45 a.m.: 3-star S Jeawon Taylor (Montgomery, Ala.). The Florida commit is down to the Gators and UGA.
- 2 p.m.: 5-star OLB Lyndell “Mack” Wilson (Montgomery, Ala.). UGA or Alabama. Televised on ESPN2.
- 2 p.m.: 3-star DE David Marshall (Thomaston, Ga.). The Auburn commit is down to Auburn or UGA.
- 2:45 p.m.: 4-star OL E.J. Price (Lawrenceville, Ga.). The former UGA commit is down to the Bulldogs, Auburn, LSU or USC. Televised on WXIA-TV (Atlanta).
- 3 p.m.: 5-star DL Derrick Brown (Sugar Hill, Ga.). Down to UGA, Auburn or Tennessee. Televised on ESPN2.
- 5:30 p.m.: 4-star ILB Jaleel Laguins (Watkinsville, Ga.). The UGA commit will decide between the Bulldogs, Alabama and Florida.
- TBD: 3-star DE/OLB Jaquwan Nelson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Yeah, you’re gonna get a lot of work done today.
Feel free to waste your boss’ time in the comments section.
Well, not much, anyway.
This could wind up a momentum class for UGA that can stock the depth charts for a couple of legit national title chases in 2017 and 2018. If Smart’s first program shows the state of Georgia is now closed when it comes to rivals sneaking out the back door with five-star recruits, then the first few years of the Smart era will really be something.
Jeebus. I’m glad that’s settled.
Of course, as this chart shows, there’s still work to be done after signing day.
I guess I really don’t have to point out that one of those schools is different from the others, right?
Georgia added not one, but two preferred walk-ons yesterday.
Early Tuesday, the Bulldogs picked up a commitment from Dalton defensive back Jordon McKinney, according to UGASports.com. McKinney will be a part of the team as a preferred walk-on.
McKinney played both cornerback and receiver at Dalton and figures compete for a special-teams role early on in college.
In the evening, Milton defensive back Joshua Moran announced on his personal Twitter account that he will come to Georgia. He has chosen to be a preferred walk-on at Georgia, according to Dawgs247, even though he had scholarship offers from Louisville, Navy, West Virginia and California.
The most optimistic take on that is to believe by not handing out filler scholarships to either, the staff must feel really good about how today’s events are going to play out. Even at a minimum, it’s a decent indication that Smart is likely to resist filling every scholarship slot just for the sake of filling them all if he’s not getting the kids he wants to sign on the dotted line today.
It’s the day when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Oh, yeah… and a bunch of kids sign national letters of intent, too.
Interesting story, bro.
Kirby Smart shared some of the finer points and intricate details of what went into Alabama’s defensive success with high school coaches at a clinic in Atlanta last week.
When the new Georgia football coach opened the floor to some questions after speaking for more than 50 minutes, one coach asked him a question: “Kirby, how long did it take those guys you have to learn all that stuff?”
Smart, the former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator, said it was a great question because the complexity of the defense is something he said had been used against him in recruiting.
“Everybody negative recruits really against Alabama, but they did the same thing to (coach) Jeremy Pruitt when he was at Georgia, ‘You can’t learn all of it. You can’t play as a freshman,’” Smart said.
One can only imagine what other coaches had to say about Todd Grantham in that regard. Actually, I’d prefer not to think about that.
“I don’t blame the 17-year-olds for having trouble with the process. The blame should go to multimillionaires.”
Jeez, this must have been dizzying:
Travaris Robinson began recruiting Bruce for Florida when Bruce was a freshman at University School (Fort Lauderdale). Last fall, Robinson, then the defensive backs coach at Auburn after following new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp from Florida, was pushing hard for Bruce to go to Auburn. When Robinson became the defensive coordinator at South Carolina for new Gamecocks coach Muschamp, Bruce took an official visit to Columbia, S.C.
Bruce is sticking with Miami, which, as we all know, had a coaching change of its own, so there’s one for the “commit to the school, not the coach” camp. But what I’m really wondering, along those same lines, is what the hell Robinson’s sales pitch in Columbia must have sounded like. I mean, how convincing is “just forget what I told you last month”, anyway?