It was raining cats and Dawgs at Georgia's annual Dawg Night football camp, but that didn't dampen the prospect of signing prospects.
Mark Richt and Co. landed four commitments in three days this past weekend, headlined by 4-star offensive guard Isaiah Wynn, but also including 4-star receiver Shakenneth Williams, 4-star safety Kendall Grant and 3-star tackle Dyshon Sims.
Wynn was the coup of the event, though, and it's easy to see why. He's not the biggest, strongest offensive lineman in the 2014 class (just 6'2'', 272 pounds), but he's versatile and scrappy and technically sound. According to ESPN.com, he is the most-prized offensive line recruit OL coach Will Friend has landed since returning to Athens.
Williams earned an offer at the Mark Richt camp last month but didn't accept it on the spot. Folks in Athens were starting to get testy with his recruitment, and according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "There was speculation that the Bulldogs may consider seeking out other wide receivers if Williams waited much longer..." But now that he's locked in, the team can breathe a little easier.
Grant was one of the most highly sought-after safeties in the country before settling in at Georgia. He had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and USC (among many, many others), but decided on Athens, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he "Just liked everything about it, and the coaching staff (are) real cool people."
Sims is the greatest unknown of the weekend's signings, a high-ceiling, low-basement-type prospect with great physical tools but very raw skills. 247Sports gives him a grade of 90-out-of-100 but his composite is just 85, indicating how differently scouts view his potential.
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All in all, the weekend was a major success for Georgia football. Its 2014 class is now up to 15 hard commitments, already including the likes of 5-star running back Sony Michel, 4-star quarterback Jacob Park, 4-star running back Nick Chubb and 4-star cornerback Malcolm Parrish.
247Sports now ranks Georgia third in the country behind Alabama and Florida State, up 10 spots from the previous ratings. In 2013, Georgia finished 11th in 247Sports' ratings—its first sub-top-10 class since 2010.
There's still plenty of work to do, but after a successful weekend, the Bulldogs are well on their way to finishing higher in 2014.