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  1. SCHEDULE Wednesday, Aug. 17 (Johns Creek HS) 5:30 p.m.: Kell vs. Cherokee Bluff 8:30 p.m.: Johns Creek vs. Parkview Thursday, Aug. 18 (West Forsyth HS) 5:30 p.m.: North Atlanta vs. North Forsyth 8:30 p.m.: West Forsyth vs. Archer Friday, Aug. 19 (Rome HS) 2:30 p.m.: Mt. Pisgah vs Fellowship Christian 5:30 p.m.: Cass vs. Kennesaw Mountain 8:30 p.m.: Rome vs. Creekside Saturday, Aug. 20 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) 10:00 a.m.: McEachern vs. North Gwinnett 1:00 p.m.: Brookwood vs. Norcross 4:00 p.m.: Walton vs. Mill Creek 7:00 p.m. Marietta vs. Grayson TOP PROSPECTS BROOKWOOD Dylan Lonergan 2023 4* QB, 6'2-215, committed to Alabama CASS Sacovie White 2024 3* WR, 5'9-165, UGA lean GRAYSON Michael Daugherty 2023 4* S, 6'1-180, committed to LSU Waltclaire Flynn Jr. 2024 4* OL, 6'1-290, top UGA target JoJo Stone 2024 4* ATH, 5'11-180, committed to LSU Kylan Fox 2024 4* ATH/TE, 6'5-215, UGA has offered Zion Ferguson 2024 4* CB, 6'0-160, has UGA offer Nasir Smith 2024 4* DL, 6'4-295, UGA has offered KENNESAW MOUNTAIN Cayden Lee 2023 3* WR, 5'11-175, loves UGA Connor Lew 2023 3* iOL, 6'3-280, committed to Miami MILL CREEK Caleb Downs 2023 5* S, 6'0-185, committed to Alabama NORCROSS Lawson Luckie 2023 4* TE, 6'3-225, UGA commit Champ Thompson 2024 4* DL, 6'3-275, top UGA DL target NORTH GWINNETT Kayden McDonald 2023 4* DL, 6'3-310, UGA in top group Grant Godfrey 2023 4* LB, 6'3-215, UGA legacy-Kentucky commit PARKVIEW Mike Matthews 2024 5* S, 6'1-180, top UGA target Jalyn Crawford 2024 4* CB, 6'0-170, multiple power 5 offers ROME Stephiylan Green 2023 4* DL, 6'4-265, committed to Clemson Martavious Collins 2024 4* ATH/TE, 6'3-245, committed to Alabama WALTON Ashton Woods 2024 3* LB, 6'3-210, Dominick Blaylock's brother ***Name in red denotes a very important target/commit for UGA
  2. Jason Brassell

    UGA Reruiting Overview - 8/15/22

    While recruiting has slowed down a bit since the dead period started on August 1st, there are still some important things going on in regards to the 2023 UGA recruiting class. The Dawgs currently have the fifth highest rated class according to the 247sports composite rankings, with the On3 consensus rankings has Georgia with the third ranked class in the nation. Alabama and Notre Dame are #1 and #2 in both, with 20 and 23 commits compared to our 18 commits. Last week saw some well known names come off the board, but none of them put on the UGA hat. So what happened? Three star defensive lineman Tavion Gadson committed to FSU on Thursday. Gergia sent out an offer, but never really pursued the in-state prospect. In-state quarterback, 3* Kasen Weisman, committed to Kansas the same day. There was some talk that he could be a backup plan when Arch Manning committed to Texas, but nothing ever matriculated there. Four star defensive lineman Kelby Collins chose Florida on Saturday, and while the Gators have some recruiting momentum, there was always the question of how big of a target he was for Alabama and Georgia. A flip wouldn't surprise me if either team goes hard after him leading up to signing day, especially if Alabama does. One prospect who committed to Florida Sunday was/is a top target for UGA. The Gators received 4* DL Kamran James's commitment mainly due to a longer established ralationship. Florida offered him earlier and got him on campus earlier and more often. It was pretty much the same situation with Rickey Gibson and Tennessee. The 3* DB committed to the Vols Sunday. UGA gained a ton of momentum leading up to the week of his decision, but the longer standing relationship won out. UGA made the top six for a pair of 5* teamamates from Cerver-Montgomery. Qua Russaw and James Smith included the Dawgs with Alabama, Alabama State, Auburn, Florida, and Ohio State. Georgia and Alabama are likely the top two for both and they say they're a package deal. It will be interesting to see what happens here leading up to he early signing period. Four star defensive lineman Tomarrion Paker decommitted from Penn State last week. Many thought he would be choosing the Dawgs for a while, but the word is that he wanted to play a different position than we were recruiting him at. Is that fixed? I was told the day before he decommitted that it was coming and that UGA has been in touch a lot. Tennessee and Florida are also after him, while Clemson offered shortly after the announcement of his parting with Penn State. Hykeem Williams set a commit date for September 23rd. The Dawgs are in the middle of a battle with Texas A&M for the 5* receiver. FSU is trying to make a move, while Pitt is also a top team. The biggest news of the week for UGA was for the 2023 and 2024 classes. Top running back target Tovani Mizell decided he'd seen and heard enough. He 'Committed to the G' early last week. He visited over the summer and quickly became a top target. The 4* RB is currently in the 2024 class, but contemplating reclassifying to 2023. Top defensive line target Xzavier McLeod announced yesterday that he is ready to make his decision known this Thursday. There are other teams that have been involved, but this one looks to be coming down to the Dawgs and the hometown Gamecocks. McLeod plays his high school ball about 40 minutesd from Columbia in Camden, SC. There is a strong pull to stay at home, but Georgia is gaining a ton of momentum leading up to his decision. It may be too close to call right now, and we have a prediction edit made for both UGA and USCe. I'm close to putting in the prediction for UGA, but it's just too close right now. If it goes too long without us knowing which way to lean, I just won't put a prediction in. I'd rather do that then put on in an hour before his decision just to be able to say we were right. We'll do another recruiting overview next Monday. Thank you for being understanding about my not being able to post as much while passing kidney stones. We'll continue our weekly posts (Recruiting Overview, Looking Back, Looking Ahead to 2024, Quick Hitters). If you haven't been reading the daily fall camp updates from @Graham Coffey then you're missing out. My guy is breaking news left and right! Check out his post today if you haven't yet.
  3. The University of Georgia is RB-U. That's the statement. That's it. With the storied history of running backs that came through UGA, one would think that the Dawgs could pull any running back in the country that they want. That simply has not been the case in 2023. Alabama also has a big history of star running backs, so it isn't s surprise when a player chooses the Crimson Tide. Let's be honest, they're in a dynasty right now, so we shouldn't be shocked when someone like five star running back Richard Young chooses to play for Nick Saban. The problem comes when a UGA legacy running back like Justice Haynes also chooses the Crimson Tide in the same year. Which makes the 2024 class all the more important. According to the 247sports composite rankings, only two of the top 20 running backs in the 2024 class are committed. Neither of those two have been targeted by Georgia. The top ranked back in the nation is Jerrick Gibson, who is also a top UGA target. The 5'10 195 pound five star played his sophomore year in Georgia and is now at IMG Academy. He only played in seven games last season, rushing for 626 yards and four touchdowns. Gibson is very high on the Dawgs and it wouldn't be a huge surprise is UGA is his leader behind the scenes. He took trips to Auburn, Miami, Tennessee this summer. He has also been in Athens at least a couple of times this year, including at least once this summer. After playing his freshman season in Gainesville, Florida you'd think the Gators would be a big challeger in his recruitment. They just haven't been mentioned as much lately, possibly due to coaching staff changes. Two teams that are currently high on his list are Tennessee and Texas. The fast paced offense at Tennessee may help the Vols chances, while the Arch Manning effect is keeping the Longhorns in the mix. With quite a ways to go, Dell McGee will have to continue to fight to get Gibson in the red and black. Stacy Gage is ranked right below Gibson as the #2 running back in the nation. He's also spent some time at IMG, but has transferred to play his junior year back home at Wharton High in Tampa, Florida. Gisson is essentially taking his spot at IMG this season. Gage is a prospect who was mentioned early on with the Dawgs, but he's seemed to have a pretty quiet recruitment since. The last time Gage visited UGA that I know of was in March. Oklahoma looks to be the team to beat early on, with Ohio State and Alabama right up there with the Sooners. If Georgia wants to get back in this recruitment, we'll need to push harder. One running back who UGA has been gaining A LOT of steam with lately is Tovani Mizell. The Dawgs offered the 6'1 195 pound four star prospect in May and have been gaining momentum ever since. He was in Athens the last weekend in July before the dead period and impressed the Georgia coaching staff. Look for the Dawgs to keep the heat on full blast in this recruitment as we try to hold off teams like Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Southern Cal. Just like Gibson, it wouldn't be a surprise at all if UGA leads behind the scenes for Mizell. There is also a long way to go until 2024 national signing day. Dream scenario right now for me would be the Dawgs snagging both of these top 5 RB prospects. Whether Georgia ends up snagging a back in the 2023 class or not, look for the Dawgs to take two in 2024. Anthony Carrie is another top 5 RB that the Dawgs have offered.
  4. Jason Brassell

    Weekly Recruiting Preview - Commit Watch

    And there it is..........................just when the dead period is over and we're having fun again with recruits on campus, another dead period starts for the month of August. That doesn't mean recruiting stops though; it never rests. Kirby Smart and company just had a ton of 2023 and 2024 prospects on campus for their 'Dawg Days of Summer' event. That's the last chance the guys had to visit before it's time for Gameday visits. While there won't be any recruits on campus, there will still be plenty to follow. There are plenty of uncommitted prospect left who will be committing and releasing top teams before their high school season starts. One such prospect is Connor Lew, an in-state target from Kennesaw Mountain High in Acworth. Lew is one of the best true centers in the class. He will be making his decision this Friday on the 5th. He has a top 4 of Auburn, Clemson, UGA, and Miami, but this looks to be down to the Dawgs and our little brother to the west. While he's a 4* recruit, he's also an intelligent young man. That's where Auburn comes in, as he has very high interest in their flight school. The Tigers have been more consistent in his recruitment, but the Dawgs have come on strong the past couple of months. I'm leaning towards Auburn being the pick right now, but will put in an "Official Dawgs Central Prediction" on Wednesday. Hunter Osborne is committing today. It's not very relevent to UGA, but he is a recruit we had contact with previously. Clemson and Tennessee have been heavily involved, but Alabama seems to have the momentum at the end for their in-state prospect. In addition to an official prediction on Connor Lew, we'll also have another prediction or two go out! We'll also change the weekly schedule up this week. Normally the "Recruiting Review goes out on Saturdays, but I'm going to put it out Wednesday since it will include the big visit weekend. I'll do the normal Wednesday "2024 Watch List" on Saturday. Finally, make sure to keep a check on the forum for all of the Auburn created Bo Hughley drama.
  5. Recruiting would be much less entertaining if you could just make a list of the exact 25-30 prospects you want every year and they just sign on the dotted line in December and February. I'm sure there are some days that Kirby Smart wishes he could do that. There are some days that my nerves wish the Dawgs could do that very thing. That would take away all of the fun and the intrigue. It would take away all of the passion for the fans and the recruiting staffs, not to mention the recruits. We're just going to have to face the fact that you win some and you lose some, even if you're the defending national champions. Georgia lost a big one last week when 5* safety Caleb Downs choose Alabama over the in-state Georgia Bulldogs and Ohio State. He was a top target at the position for the Dawgs, but the Crimson Tide seemed to have the momentum for most of the summer. Alabama also received a commitment from 5* RB Richard Young yesterday, who they'll pair with UGA legacy Justice Haynes. While you can't blame any teenager for wanting to play for a dynasty, you have to do what Georgia has been able to do and keep up with that dynasty in recruiting. There were no other top targets that committed elsewhere, but there were a couple of guys that UGA previously recruited who made their decisions this week. The Florida Gators received commitments from 4* receiver Aidan Mizell yesterday and 4* receiver Andy Jean earlier today. LSU got the good news from in-state 4* offensive lineman Tyree Adams yesterday. Although the Dawgs missed on one five star safety, we did get another. Georgia put themselves in the position as the team to beat for 5* safety Joenel Aguero early on and never relented. There was some Miami noise the week leading up to his commitment last Saturday, but the Hurricanes didn't have anything on the national champs. UGA also received a commitment from speedy 3* receiver Yazeed Haynes. The Pennsylvania native was once committed to Rutgers, before committing to Penn State on June 12th. But then the Dawgs came calling. Haynes took his official visit to Athens the last weekend in June and it took just over a month for Coach Bryan McClendon and Coach Fran Brown to change his mind officially. We put Haynes on flip watch for our Dawgs Central subscribers on July 23rd. He decommitted from Penn State two days later and 'Committed to the G' two days after that on the 27th. Haynes is commit #18 in the 2023 class for the Dawgs, but truly the 17th if you take Seven Cloud off the list. He is part of the #3 recruiting class in the nation according to 247sports composite rankings. Georgia is #4 in the On3 consensus rankings. Kirby Smart and company would love to add to the class with a huge visitors weekend just before another dead period starts on August 1st. Check out our visit list to see who all is in town. One of our top overall targets is class of '23 4* defensive lineman, Jordan Hall. The big man from Jacksonville was in town Tuesday, as was class of '24 4* offensive lineman Deandre Carter. The 6'4 340 pounder from national powerhouse Mater Dei is very high on the Dawgs. Dawgs Central interviewed 2023 4* linebacker commit CJ Allen last week about his game, his goals, and this year's recruiting class. Although technical diffifulties scratched the plan to show the live interview, it turned into a very good read. He's in town this weekend along with most of the commits for this year and next year. While the recruiting preview Monday will be understandably shorter due to the dead period starting, there will still be plenty to cover and we'll keep you well informed.
  6. One thing UGA is known for under Kirby Smart is having a plan A, B, C, D, and E for recruiting every position. He and his staff have proved it year after year. They rarely put all their eggs in one basket for a prospect. Of course that hasn't been the case this year, as the Dawgs went all out for Arch Manning. Unfortunately, he recently chose Texas over our beloved Dawgs. Many fans will see this as a big mess up by the staff, but did the ten million dollar a year national championship head coach just all of a sudden forget how to recruit? What's easier to believe is that we're comfortable where the QB room is with who we have on campus right now and there weren't any other 2023 quarterbacks we liked enough to take up a scholarship. The top quarterback targets in the 2024 class that we're recruiting makes that statement even easier to believe. While the No. 1 quarterback in the nation Dylan Raiola was a top Dawg target for just as long as Arch Manning was, he has committed to Ohio State and seems to be very solid with the Buckeyes. Five Star quarterback CJ Carr visited Athens before, but nothing really ever advanced with the Notre Dame commit and UGA. Georgia has an offer out to four star Mater Dei QB Elijah Brown, but that relationship hasn't really had time to go anywhere. There are also three very talented quarterbacks from the state of Georgia who will be playing big time college football on Saturdays, but I don't forsee anything happening with Jake Merklinger, Prentiss "Air" Noland, or FSU commit Luke Kromenhoek. That's because Todd Monken as prioritized a trio of five stars who could stand toe to toe with Arch Manning in a quarterback competition. Let me just get this out of the way.......................DJ Lagway is my favorite quarterback prospect out of the 2023 and 2024 classes not named Dylan Raiola. The Texas signal caller has offers from across the nation. He has visited places like Clemson, Alabama, Texas A&M, and UGA. Todd Monken has traveled to Texas to see Lagway at least once. As a sophomore he threw for 1579 yards and 7 touchdowns, with only 2 interceptions. He also ran for 715 yards and another 6 touchdowns. While I have Lagway as the top QB on my list, Julian Sayin is right up there with him. The 6'1 185 pounder can make all the throws in and out of the pocket. He has been to Athens three times, as well as places like Tuscaloosa, AL and Austin, TX. It is thought that Texas was Georgia's main competitor at the time they got Manning's commitment. He told Dawgs Central in late June, “With UGA, they’ve got the talent around the QB and they’ve showed the results with the national championship.” Kirby Smart and company are putting everything they have into Sayin's recruitment and would be lucky to bring the five star out east if we can get him. He threw for 2769 yards and 34 TD’s, with a completion percentage of 71.5% while averaging 10.9 yards per an attempt. He could be the top target on the board for the Dawgs. The only reason I say that he "COULD BE" the top target on the board for the Dawgs is because we are also heavily recruiting 5* Jadyn Davis. The two talented prospects very well might be 1A and 1B on the board. You couldn't go wrong with any of them, as Davis can also make all of the throws. One of the main differences between the two is location, as Davis is in North Carolina, a state where we've had tremendous success in recruiting. On top of that, the 6'0 190 pound gunslinger actually grew up in Georgia before moving to South Carolina in middle school and now to Providence Day in Charlotte. Davis has visited Georgia multiple times, and is high on other schools such as Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, and Texas A&M. Georgia was his first offer in the eighth grade. Everyone is going to have an opinion as to who the top quarterback is in the nation for the 2024 class. Many times it will come down to what the teams need and how the quarterbacks fit into the offense. Whether you like one of these three quarterbacks more than the others, any team in the nation would be lucky to have them on their squad. The Dawgs to being a legitimate factor with all three shows that Kirby Smart and Todd Monken haven't forgotten how to recruit.
  7. The dead period is over for a week! It is now a "quiet period" on the NCAA calendar. This means that there can be no off-campus contact, but prospects can visit the schools. These visits have to be unofficial visits, as no officials are allowed during this period. Another dead period is set for the month of August, so expect a great deal of visitors to Athens and scross the country this week. One top target that has confirmed his trip to Athens is 2024 5* corner Ellis Robinson, who plans to be in town Fridat the 29th. Georgia holds a lead here, but will have to continue to make the IMG Academy prospect a priority. Another 2024 5* recruit who will be in town this week is KJ Bolden. He is a top in-state prospect who could end up playing on either side of the ball on Saturdays. Just as Robinson is, he is a target for every powerhouse team across the country. He's a frequent visitor to Athens, as well as other places like Tuscaloosa, AL and Columbus, OH. We expect to see plenty more top 2024 and 2025 targets to conclude July. There will be a huge recruiting event this weekend, which has been dubbed the 'Dawg Days of Summer' in past years, where the staff and recruits enjoy a slip-n-slide and water wars, music, good food, etc. This gives Kirby Smart and the staff a chance to just have a fun and laid back time with the visitors. It's always good to show the recruits and their families that the coaches can put away their playbooks and whistles and show their 'human' side with their families. Tyler Williams is one name that we believe could make his way to Athens sometime this week. He is a top receiver target for the Dawgs from Lakeland, Florida. With Kelton Smith now on board, Monroe Freeling is the top target left for the offensive line. Watch for him to make his way to Athens this week, as well. There are plenty of other names we're keeping an eye on, and we'll have a list published leading up to the big event. A very important target is coming off the board on the 27th. After adding Joenel Aguero last week, the Dawgs would love nothing more than to pair him up with fellow 5* safety Caleb Downs. This has been a highly contested race between Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State for months. Notre Dame is also in his top 4, but it has mainly been the other three powerhouses battling it out. We'll have our 'Official Dawgs Central Prediction' in for Downs this afternoon. Four star receiver Aidan Mizell will be committing on the 29th. UGA was never really a big threat for the Florida legacy, and while he has a top three of Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, it would be a surprise if he isn't a Gator. While there aren't any top Dawg targets already scheduled to commit, it wouldn't be a surprise if we didn't get one more to make it 10 total for the month of July.
  8. The third full week in July may have been the craziest week of them all for Dawg fans. There were plenty of commitments, rumors of commitments, rumors of flips, and everything else you could think of. If you follow recruiting closely, it was enough to you busy all day chasing down news. That's why we at Dawgs Central do our best to chase down the news for you. One commitment that NOBODY was ready for was that of Justice Haynes. It's not the date that was the shocker, it's the fact that he committed to Alabama over UGA. I'm not sure even Nick Saban knew this was going to happen. All signs pointed towards Georgia being in a great place in the wekks leading up to his commitment. This is one that we may never know the truth about what really happened. Is this one over? I'm not sure.......... As far as commitments elsewhere, edge Rico Walker made his decision for in-state UNC on the 18th. The Dawgs kicked the tires on him some early on. Malik Muhammad is another prospect who had UGA's attention early in his recruitment. The 4* corner committed to in-state Texas on the 20th. Olaus Alinen is the other former target who committed elsewhere last week. The 4* OL from Finland announced Alabama as his college football destination yesterday. While all three of these athletes could turn out to be great players for their respective teams, Georgia pulled in a haul this week that may very well contribute to another national title run. My #1 target in this class on defense and #2 target overall behind a certain quarterback who will remain nameless, has always been Jamaal Jarrett. Stop (but don't stop) if you've heard this before, but the Dawgs were able to go into North Carolina and pull the 350 pounder away. He also has Auburn in his top three, but this was mainlya two team battle. The second commit of the week came from the state of Georgia and from a very familiar place. Four star offensive lineman Kelton Smith out of Carver-Columbus 'Committed to the G' yesterday. Of course Dell McGee had a big part in his recruitment, while he also connected with Stacy Searels. Teams such as Florida, Texas A&M, and LSU tried to make a push, but the home state connection was too much to take Smith away from Athens. Of course the five star commitment came just hours ago, as Joenel Aguero announced live on CBS Sports HQ that he would be taking his talents to UGA. The 5* safety came down to UGA, Florida, and Miami. The Hurricanes suppsedly made a big push at the end, but I believe it was mostly wishful thinking from fans and analysts more than anything. This one looked to be over for a while with the Dawgs in control for the past couple of months and we have Will Muschamp to thank for it. Fran Brown also played a big role, along with recruiting staffer David Cooper. As we're playing catch up from only starting Dawgs Central on June 1st, we had our 'Official Dawgs Central Predictions' in for Aguero and Smith to the Dawgs. We put in one for Jamaal Jarrett on July 13th. We'll continue to put in our predictions weekly, then get ahead on the remaining 2023 targets after the summer is over.
  9. Even after yesterday's surprising news, It's obvious with the way the recruiting calendar is set up that July is now the biggest month for commitments. UGA and pretty much every other major program have watched their commit lists grow. Of course NIL (name, image, and likeness) is now playing a huge part, with teams like Texas and Miami buying players left and right. It was Texas A&M with the 2022 class, pulling in the highest ranked recruiting class in history while producing a 8-4 record in 2021. In spite of not pushing the limits WAY PAST what the NIL was meant to be, The University of Georgia will still have a very promising 2023 class. The Dawgs look to add to that class this week, with at least three top targets making their decisions. Jamaal Jarrett is set to announce his decision tomorrow, June 19th. He is down to UGA, UNC and Auburn, with the Dawgs and the Tar Heels the main contenders. We have put in an official Dawgs Central prediction for the 4* defensive lineman to pick UGA. Firday will also be a big day for UGA, as 4* in-state offensive lineman Kelton Smith will commit to the team of his choice. While teams such as LSU, aTm, and Florida have made a push, he has previously said that Georgia is his leader. We'll put in an official Dawgs Central prediction in for Smith tomorrow. The prospect committing this week who is generating the most excitement is 5* safety Joenel Aguero. He has been considered a UGA lean for the majority of his recruitment, but Miami is generating some buzz. I believe part of this is due to Aguero showing the Hurricanes some love on social media to create some hype. I also think much of it is fans creating an echo chamber of the same "information" that could have been started anywhere.We'll put in an official Dawgs Central prediction in on Aguero Thursday. (As we continue building the website, we'll catch up and even get ahead on predictions) There are many other targets or former targets scheduled to make their decisions this week. As always, UGA didn't quit recruiting all of these guys. Some of them just felt better about other schools. Even if they weren't a top priority for the Dawgs, they're still 10 times the athlete most of us sitting on our couches were! July 17th - TE Jelani Thurman - In-State TE - OhSt/MichSt July 18th - Edge Rico Walker - former target - UNC/Tenn/Mary July 20th - CB Malik Muhammad - former target - Tex/Ala/aTm July 20th - S Jayden Bonsu - former target - Mia/MichSt/OhSt July 23rd - OT Payton Kirkland - former target - Fla/Mia/MichSt July 23rd - LB Malik Bryant - former target - Fla/Mia/Ala
  10. Jason Brassell

    UGA Recruiting - Weekly Review

    The second week in July proved to be a big one for the Georgia Bulldogs. There have been over 100 commitments so far in the month and the Dawgs have been a big part of it. While there was only one added to the 2023 commit list this past week, it was a very important piece to the puzzle. On the 10th, Raylen Wilson did what everyone was expecting and Committed to the G! Wilson is a 4* linebacker and one of the most athletic, if not the most athletic at his position. This athleticism combined with the fact that he's only 16 gives him more upside than most anyone else in the 2023 class. He joins CJ Allen to form a dynamic duo at the inside linebacker position for Kirby Smart and ILB coach Glenn Schumann. UGA is expected to add Troy Bowles today at 3:30 to form one of the best ILB classes in recent history. There were also plenty of targets and/or former targets who committed elsewhere last week. As we always say, you win some and you lose some in recruiting. It's part of what makes this fun to follow. Not all of these guys had committable offers to UGA, but not all of them are "guys we didn't want anyways". Some just felt better in other places. Adepujo Adebawore is an edge prospect who the Dawgs targeted early on. I do believe UGA had higher targets, while Oklahoma was also going to be hard to beat here regardless. The Sooners are getting a good one. Dylan Lonergan kind of surprised everyone by committing to Alabama on the 11th, as The Crimson Tide already had top 10 QB Eli Holstein committed. Lonergan is an in-state prospect UGA chose to not pursue heavily in their quest to go all-in for Arch Manning. An in-state prospect that we did recruit pretty heavily early on is OL Madden Sanker. He committed to Louisville on Tuesday. Another in-state prospect who committed Tuesday is Raul Aguirre. After looking like an Alabama lean for a while, he committed to Miami. The 4* linebacker had UGA in his top 5, but he was never a priority target for the Dawgs. While it looked like UGA had momentum for 4* linebacker Tony Rojas for a week or two in May, it became apparent that Penn State was the team to beat and he committed to the Nittany Lions Thursday. Of course it all worked out for the best, since it looks like UGA will get our top 3 targets at the position. Since starting Dawgs Central at first of June, we have been playing catch up to get "official Dawgs Central predictions" out. We've had a lot of these guys predicted to UGA on Field St Forum for a good while, but still want to make it official here. We decided to post these predictions as the prospects' decision dates near. Last week we put in official predictions for 4* linebacker Troy Bowles and 4* defensive lineman Jamaal Jarrett to UGA. Bowles announces his decision today, while Jarrett commits on July 19th.
  11. Jason Brassell

    Busy Week for UGA in Recruiting

    It's been a whirlwind of a start for us here at Dawgs Central. Note to self - don't start a new website the same month official visits begin! We've tried so far to keep you updated on all the comings and goings with all of the top targets visiting and many committing. It will make it easier to do this by publishing a weekly recruiting preview. This will allow you to see everything already scheduled for the week without having to scroll through a bunch of forum posts. While the Dawgs received big news last week and earlier in July, this week has the potential to be just as big. But before we get to that, let's look at the guys who are committing that we do not expect to announce for UGA. As always, some of these weren't priority targets and some just felt better at other schools: July 9th - Jayden Wayne committed to Miami, Whit Weeks committed to LSU July 11th - Dylan Lonergan to Alabama, we expect Madden Sanker to choose Louisville tonight. We also have UGA on possible COMMIT WATCH tonight for the 2025 class. July 12th - In-state linebacker Raul Aguirre announces his decision. We believe it's down to Miami vs Alabama. July 14th - We fully expect Tony Rojas to select Penn State. July 16th - Troy Bowles chooses between UGA, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. We have him predicted to the good guys! July 17th - Might a certain running back announce on this day? If/when he does, we have him as All Dawg! We also have five new predictions that will go out this week and possibly a surprise prediction that many don't expect to choose the Dawgs. STAY TUNED!
  12. Here at Dawgs Central we want to make sure you don't miss a thing. We're going to start doing a recruiting review every single week so you can have all of the week's happenings in one place. This will normally go out on Saturday, but we'll post this one today to make sure we're all caught up. We'll also cover from the first of July: Where to start! It has been an absolutely massive month for the Dawgs and it promises to get only better. Four star corner Daniel Harris started us off on the right path by committing to UGA on the first of July. Sydir Mitchell decided to take some of that momentum away two days later by choosing Texas over Georgia after the Dawgs led for the majority of his recruitment. He says it has nothing to do with NIL, but.................................ah, nevermind. UGA got back on track in a BIG way when 2024 4* receiver Ny Carr late last Tuesday night. His Colquitt County teammate, 5* tight end Landen Thomas, followed up two days later with a commitment of his own. You'd think those two committed at a certain time for a reason. I can't think of the reason right now, but I'm 'JUST SAYIN'! This more than made up for two Dawg commits flipping earlier in the week. Class of 2023 offensive lineman RyQueze McElderry was on the UGA commit list since last November, but continued to take visits. He was never considered a solid commit, being from Alabama with an offer from the Crimson Tide. He finally flipped to Alabama on Independence Day. The same could be said for 2024 DB Antione Jackson being from south Florida. He committed to UGA in March, but flipped to Miami on the 2nd of July. Georgia received huge news yesterday, as 4* LB Raylen Wilson 'Committed to the G'. He was a long time Michigan commit, but had Georgia on his mind the whole time. For most of this year it never looked like he'd end up a Wolverine. Wilson took official visits to UGA, Michigan, and Florida after decommitting in late June. He's now the third highest rated prospect on UGA's 2023 commit list. There were plenty of other Dawg Targets that chose other programs for one reason or another. Some of these guys weren't necessarily priority targets and some just ended up liking other schools better. Here's where they ended up: Rico Flores - Notre Dame Dashawn Womack - LSU '24 Jonathan Echols - Tennessee Malik Benson - Alabama Shamurad Umarov - Tennessee Jayden Wayne - Miami As far as predictions go...................this is recruiting, you win some and you lose some. A couple of these will go back into June, but they need to be covered. So far our missed predictions are to Texas. We had both Syfir Mitchell and Arch Manning predicted to UGA before they chose the Longhorns. I'm sure they're all tired of saying "Texas is Back", so maybe these two will help out there. We felt comfortable enough to put in a prediction for Tyler Williams on June 21st and feel even better about that pick now. He'll be announcing his decision in September. Dawgs Central put in two official predictions on June 29th. One for the aforementioned Raylen Wilson and one for 2024 5* quarterback Julian Sayin, who will likely commit sooner rather than later. We officially predicted Daniel Harris to UGA the day before his commitment, but had him pegged to UGA for a while. That's what happens when you get a new site started, but better late than never. The latest prediction made by the DC crew was made on July 1st for UGA to get 2023 linebacker Todd Bowles. He'll announce his decision this week. Now that we're all caught up, look for our Weekly Preview to be posted soon.
  13. “It’s a little crazy…” That’s what five-star QB Julian Sayin says about the meteoric rise he’s experienced in the recruiting rankings over the last year. Julian’s freshman season of high-school football coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic and Sayin backed up his older brother Aidan, only seeing playing time at the end of games. Then came 2021. His older brother now playing college football for Penn, Julian was thrust into the starting role at Carlsbad High School in his hometown of Carlsbad, CA. It would be normal to expect a few growing pains for a young QB in his first season as a high-school starter. All Julian did was play like a quarterback prodigy. Sayin threw for 2769 yards and 34 TD’s while averaging 10.9 yards per an attempt. Those numbers are impressive, but what makes him a rarity is the high completion percentage (71.5%) and low number of interceptions (5). Ask Sayin to describe his game and the first word he says is, “accuracy.” A year ago Sayin had never started a high-school game, but he had been preparing for his opportunity. “I’ve been around the game for a long time from being around my brother,” said Sayin in an interview with Dawgs Central. That preparation paid off. Sayin’s 2021 football season was the model of efficiency, and the nation’s best college football programs noticed. Now he’s a consensus five-star quarterback and the #1 ranked high-school player in California for the Class of 2024. Julian holds scholarship offers from UGA, Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Michigan, LSU, Texas and many others. When you watch tape of Julian’s sophomore season you see a young quarterback who plays like a seasoned veteran. Sayin has the type of field awareness that many current college starters would be jealous of, and he moves through his progressions quickly. “My high-school coach Thadd MacNeal is a QB guy,” says Julian. We’re taught to start the play the right way… ID the Mike’s, change protections, stuff like that…” Julian’s high-school offense is different than what you see most young quarterbacks running these days. Sayin plays in a pro-style offense where he goes under center a lot. “I think my offense in high-school will definitely help me transition easier and quicker to the next level,” he says. On play-action tosses Julian throws his arm in the air in a way that makes it clear he is a quarterback who understands that everything matters. A middle linebacker might see that arm and take a step towards the running back. That step might be just enough to give Sayin a throwing window. Julian possesses plenty of physical talent, but he executes with a level of precision that few heralded high-school quarterbacks do. His play shows that he understands a time is coming where he will be playing the game at a level where everyone has elite athletic ability. “I have a high football IQ,” Julian says. A lot of quarterbacks say they have a high football IQ. Very few of them play in a way where that high IQ is on obvious display. When you watch Julian’s tape, the football intelligence is obvious. The staff at the University of Georgia believed in Julian before he ever started putting up numbers as a Sophomore. UGA’s staff offered Julian last summer after seeing him throw during a camp in Athens. Julian’s talent made an impression on the staff, and Georgia made an impression on Sayin. “I’ve been to Athens I think three times. I really liked Athens. It’s a great college town. I was able to spend a lot of time with Coach Monken, Coach Smart and Coach Buster,” said Sayin. That’s good news for UGA fans. Many Bulldog enthusiasts have been eager for a national QB recruit like Sayin. The Dawgs are only months removed from a National Championship, but many believe that coupling a transcendent quarterback talent like Sayin with the talent that Kirby Smart has already assembled could spark a dynastic run for UGA. So, can the Bulldogs pull the five-star Sayin off of the California coast and get him to enroll at a school 1,950 miles away? “Distance from home is not a problem,” says Julian. “I definitely have a lot of love for California but I have a lot of family on the East Coast- Philadelphia, Maryland… My brother is at Penn.” Julian’s father also spent his college years as an athlete on the East Coast, competing as a college boxer at the University of Delaware. Many analysts believe that Sayin is likely to end up at UGA. If he does, Todd Monken’s pro-style offense will be one of the reasons why. “The system at Georgia is going to translate to the NFL with Coach Monken’s background,” Sayin said. “With UGA, they’ve got the talent around the QB and they’ve showed the results with the national championship.” So what has Julian been up to as his Junior season nears? “I took three visits this summer- Texas, Alabama and LSU. And then I’m going to be focused on my high-school team. We do summer practices from 7:30-9:30 in the morning and then do 7-on-7 sometimes in the evening. We’ll have a two week dead period at the end of July and then we start fall camp.” It is clear that Sayin wants to give his best efforts to his high-school team, but Julian has also thought about how he wants to approach the next step. “The plan is going to be to enroll early somewhere and be a leader for the class and try to help recruit my teammates,” Julian says. Sayin told Dawgs Central that it’s unlikely he will release a Top 10 or Top 5 list of schools before he makes his commitment. That’s unusual for most heralded recruits these days. It appears the decisiveness that he shows under center also carries over into his recruiting. “I’ve seen a lot of places and I’ve seen a lot that I needed to see. I was planing on doing an October commitment, but that might be bumped up a little bit.” In Athens the Bulldog faithful wait on Julian Sayin’s decision, hoping that this California quarterback has Georgia on his mind.
  14. Jason Brassell

    Georgia Made Some Moves This Past Weekend

    Kirby Smart and company had a star studded group of visitors in town this past weekend, and Georgia may be in a better spot with a couple of them that what I originally thought. Let's cut the fluff and get straight to it: I've been screaming the entire recruiting cycle that 5* RB Richard Young and Justice Haynes won't end up at the same school. UGA had him in town this past weekend and of course he had a great time (who doesn't on an official visit). I'm told that the Dawgs are making things much more interesting here than Alabama is confortanle with. I do still think it will be the Crimson Tide in the end, but we're at least making him sweat a little bit. Keep a close eye on the recruitment of 5* WR Hykeem Williams. This is a guy that UGA had a ton of momentum wsith earlier in the process, then it seemed like it was all of a sudden Texas A&M with all of the momentum. Well, he isn't as strong of a lead to them as many thought/think. UGA is VERY MUCH in this one and I'm told we're going to challenge Jimbo Fisher on anything they can promise to do NIL wise. A perfect receiver class here would be Hykeem, Tyler Williams, Anthony Evans, and Jalen Hale and I think there is a decent chance this happens. I think a lot of people look at 5* DL James Smith as more of an afterthought that's probably just staying in-state and going to Alabama anyways. Heck, sometimes I catch myself thinking that. I'm told that is very much NOT the case and that UGA was at least even going into the visit and possibly even ahead. Alabama will get their OV in the fall, but I'm told he and Russaw will be in Athens for at least one game. If the Dawgs pull this one, WATCH OUT! We've been saying for a long time and we're one of the first to say that UGA was in the lead for 5* Edge Qua Russaw. The issue with having the lead for an out of state player is that many times the family isn't as involved to begin with. So the player may have you in the lead and love the school, but the family just doesn't know enough about it to know either way. Most of the time when Russaw and Smith take visits, it's with their Madhouse Training coaches. Well, his family was in town this past weekend for his official and I'm told they're definitely on board if UGA is where he wants to go. Of course you still have to deal with Nick Saban and Alabama, but this one is looking even better. JUCO 4* WR Malik Benson left his OV to Alabama and went immediately to Athens, arriving around 2am Saturday morning. I'm told this is another one where UGA has made things very interesting. With him being a juco, he's going to need to put up stats quick. That will hurt us, as others are trying to hurt us in recruiting by labeling us as only a "running team". It wouldn't surprise me one bit if Coach BMac pulls Benson to Athens, but I'm not expecting it. I went into the weekend having 4* WR Aidan Mizell picked to Florida as a legacy recruit and I still believe that. Not that anything bad happened and not that he's playing games or anything. I just think the Florida pull is too much. I posted in the OV preview article that 4* OL Olaus Alinen was an intriguing prospect heading into the visit and now I'm even more intrigued. This one has gotten very interesting and quick! Heading into the visit, I thought there was a great chance he was headed to Alabama. Now I'm not sure. What I'm also not sure of is how we would fit him in if he wanted to come. Bo Hughley isn't flipping to Auburn. Recent commit Joshua Miller is recruiting like crazy for UGA. It's only a matter of time before Kelton Smith is on the commit list and despite taking visits, I don't believe RyQueze McElderry is going anywhere. That leaves one spot and we're trending for Monroe Freeling at tackle. TJ Shanahan had such a good visit the first weekend in June, I wouldn't have been surprised if he ended it early (that's why you wait for the visit high to wear off). Samson Okunlola was just on campus for multiple days and we'll still likely get an official visit from him. Someone is going to be told that there's no room at the inn. At this point, I'd be somewhat surprised if we don't get 4* CB Daniel Harris. You can't ever count out a program like Ohio State and he's scheduled to OV Penn State this weekend. I had the Dawgs leading going into the visit and feel even better about him now. Whit Weeks is a 3* LB that I honestly don't know much about, besides he's a legacy recruit and his brother is at LSU. I think some are higher on him than others. Consider me "others", but I haven't seen him live. Our staff seems to be high on him and there's a reason they're making millions coaching football and I'm writing a blog about it, so I'll go with their analysis here. We'll post a good preview in the next day or two for the June 24th visitors weekend and look for a "quick hitters" post on the Dawgs Central forum soon.
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