Georgia Football: The Latest Recruiting News and Notes

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IApril 4, 2017

Apr 6, 2013; Athens, GA, USA;  Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt shown on the field during the Georgia Spring Day Game at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Spring football for the Georgia Bulldogs is in the past and summer practice doesn't begin for another few months.

This means fans will focus their attention on recruiting, and the Bulldogs haven't been slouches in the recurring game since national signing day in February.

The Bulldogs already have four players committed to the 2014 signing class, including one of the best tight ends in the country. They are also on the verge of getting one of the top running back recruits in the nation.

Here’s the latest news and notes from the Georgia Bulldogs recruiting trial, including head coach Mark Richt's thoughts on how the NFL helps in the recruiting game.


Jeb Blazevich Commits

The Bulldogs got their fourth commitment for the class of 2014 as tight end Jeb Blazevich made it official on ESPNU on Tuesday.

The 6’5’’, 230-pound tight end from Charlotte Christian High School in Charlotte, North Carolina picked Georgia over Ole Miss and Clemson and is ranked as the No. 5 tight end in the country by 247 Sports.

Blazevich told ESPNU that the reason he committed to UGA is because he loved the coaches and how successful they have been the last few years.

247 Sport’s Rusty Mansell says that Blazevich will be a good fit for the Bulldogs because he can spread out as a receiver, but he also has the ability to come inside and block the edge.

Blazevich has a 3.5 GPA and will likely major in business when he gets to Athens.


Sony Days

The Bulldogs could have five commits by the end of the week, as five-star running back Sony Michel will announce on ESPNU where he will go to school.

Michel has UGA, Miami, Notre Dame, Florida State and Florida as his final schools and is ranked as the No. 2 tailback in the country according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings.

Many experts believe Michel, who is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will commit to UGA over Miami in a very close battle.

One player the Bulldogs will not get is the top-ranked player in the state of Georgia, quarterback Deshaun Watson, who told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution on Wednesday that he’s 100 percent committed to Clemson and he will not visit any more schools.

Watson is the only quarterback the Bulldogs offered a scholarship to for the 2014 class.

Watson, who plays at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia, already holds the state records for career passing yards (9,360) and passing touchdowns (108). He is ranked as the No. 13 player in the ESPN 150 rankings.


The Draft Pitch

Mark Richt took part in a teleconference with the rest of the SEC coaches this week talking about the end of spring football.

But Richt also spent a good amount of time talking about the NFL draft and how it’s a very good sales pitch when it comes to recruiting.

The 13-year UGA head coach said that he hasn’t recruited many guys that have not dreamt about playing in the NFL, and he also thinks that it’s exciting for high school kids to see Georgia as a feeding ground for the NFL.

Over the last 16 years, 83 UGA players have been drafted, and the most that has ever been drafted in one year is eight in 2002. This year, there’s a very good chance that 13 Bulldogs will either hear their names called by NFL officials at Radio City Music Hall (including Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree) or get a call from an NFL team to have them on as a rookie free agent.


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