Update (2/4): Georgia Adds Another Defensive Back
Undoubtedly the commitment of 3-star cornerback Shaquille Jones was sweet for the Bulldogs as they pulled him out of the grasp of Todd Grantham and Louisville. Jones has good size at 6-foot-2 and could be a factor early for the Dawgs.
Update (2/3): Georgia Losing Long-standing Commitment?
According to Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kendall Gant (a 4-star safety according to 247Sports) may be heading elsewhere due to academic issues.
Gant is now considering Marshall, a school which accepts partial academic qualifiers (Georgia does not).
Update (2/1): UGA Targets Late for Official Visits
As Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, defensive back Wesley Green had a family emergency and is now at risk of missing his visit to Georgia. Green is considering Georgia and South Carolina; the Dawgs were hoping for a successful final visit.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo Carter tweeted, "Knocked down the game winner and now I'm headed to Athens for my OV!" after helping his basketball team to a win late Friday night.
Update (1/30): Snow Did Not Slow Dawgs Final Push
According to Rusty Mansell of 247Sports (subscription), Mark Richt and Jeremy Pruitt were at Bryson Allen-Williams' home when the snow arrived on Tuesday. Allen-Williams remains committed to South Carolina but will visit Georiga this weekend and told Mansell, "My mom loves Coach Pruitt."
In general, snowy conditions have not halted Georgia's recruiting. On-campus recruiting director Daryl Jones told Gentry Estes of 247Sports, "It's green lights and go, baby."
Update (1/28): Bulldogs Continue to Rise in Recruiting Rankings
The latest 247Sports Class Ranking has the Bulldogs up to the eighth spot. Georgia picked up a commitment from 3-star safety Dominick Sanders and appears poised to close strong with several big names.
Read more about Mark Richt's ongoing recruiting battles here.
Update (1/25): Georgia Target Visiting Alabama This Weekend
Elisha Shaw, a 3-star defensive tackle who missed his senior season with a neck injury, is considering Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia according to 247Sports. According to Bama Online, Shaw is in Tuscaloosa for his first official visit to Alabama this weekend.
Georgia has long been among his leaders, but a good visit this weekend could eliminate the Bulldogs.
Update (1/24): Georgia Making Late Runs at Prospects
According to Michael Carvell of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Georgia is pursuing Andrew Williams (a 4-star defensive end currently committed to Auburn) as signing day approaches. Williams likes Georgia because of a pre-existing relationship with Jeremy Pruitt and told Carvell, "Me and Coach Pruitt were really close when he was at FSU." He will not make a decision until signing day.
According to 247Sports, Pruitt is attempting to capitalize on a number of already established relationships. He's now the lead recruiter of 4-star wide receiver J.C. Jackson (he was a secondary recruiter of Jackson while at Florida State). He's also hot on the trail of Derrick Kelly, Jr. (a 3-star offensive tackle, currently committed to FSU).
Update (1/23): Georgia Rising In the Rankings
247Sports has Georgia back in the Top 10 of its latest recruiting class rankings. The Bulldogs, who got a commitment from 3-star wide receiver Rico Johnson last week, jumped Miami.
Johnson initially signed with Georgia in 2013, but attended Georgia Prep Sports Academy last year after not qualifying academically.
Update (1/22): Lorenzo Carter Has No Leader
Lorenzo Carter spoke with Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about his recent tip to LSU and a visit with Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Carter mentioned that Pruitt was very impressive to his parents and that he likes his credential as a BCS National Champion.
Pruitt concluded his interview by stressing that there is no leader in his recruitment, he remains "wide open."
Update (1/21): 5-Stars Abound for Georgia
247Sports.com released its final composite rankings on Monday. With the final tally, Georgia has two 5-star commitments from running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Landing 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, would be an added bonus.
Last year, Georgia did not sign a single 5-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite.
Update (1/20): Wesley Green Still Uncommitted and That's Good News
Wesley Green (4-star cornerback) completed his official visit to South Carolina on Sunday and remains uncommitted, which is a good thing for Georgia, the only other team in the running for his talents. Green told John Whittle of 247Sports, "South Carolina has an edge right now over UGA. But we'll see how that UGA trip goes. Then I'll go from there."
That may not sound like much cause for optimism, but coming from a guy who's favored South Carolina for some time, it's clear he is undecided. That gives Georgia a chance when he visits at the end of January.
Update (1/18): Push for New and Old Commitments
According to Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and head coach Mark Richt were scheduled to meet with Lamont Gaillard on Friday. The goal was to keep Gaillard firm in his commitment to Georgia. Read more here.
Additionally, Carvell reports that Pruitt reached out to 4-star linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams and is planning to visit with the South Carolina commit next week.
Update (1/16): Pruitt's Impact
New Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is posed to help the Dawgs close out recruiting season. According to Kipp Adams of 247Sports, Georgia's top target, Lorenzo Carter, called the hire "a pretty good pick up."
Earlier in the week, the father of Rashaan Evans (a 5-star linebacker out of Auburn, Ala.) told Matt Scalici of AL.com that Georgia was out of the running, citing uncertainty as a concern following Grantham's departure. Perhaps Pruitt's emergence will put the Bulldogs back in contention.
Update (1/13): Grantham's Departure Impacting Recruits?
According to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, recruits are still weighing the significance of Todd Grantham's departure. Keyon Brown emphasized that he's still a Bulldog and Detric Dukes said, "It doesn't affect me at all. I'm a Dawg."
Another commit, Kendall Gant, said he's now sure how Grantham's departure will affect his decision.
Meanwhile, Georgia's top uncommitted target, Lorenzo Carter was surprised, saying, "I just heard about that today so I'm surprised but I just gotta wait and see what happens."
Update (1/11): New DB Target Offererd by Bulldogs
According to 247Sports, safety Tavon Ross of Cochran, Ga. was offered by Georgia yesterday. Ross has been committed to Missouri since August, but several insiders (including Rusty Mansell of 247Sports) predict he'll sign with the Dawgs.
Update (1/9): Interesting Visit Lineup for UGA Target
According to 247Sports linebacker Rashaan Evans will head to Alabama next weekend, either Auburn or Georgia on January 24th and (surprisingly) Ole Miss on January 31st. Auburn is considered the leader for his services as he's from Auburn, Ala. but a busy calendar could leave the Tigers out of the rotation and help other schools like Georgia and Ole Miss.
Update (1/8): Two-for-One Visit From Target for UGA
According to Jake Rowe of Rivals.com, defensive back Wesley Green is not only taking an official visit to Georgia on either January 24th or January 31st, he's also heading over to Athens this weekend for an unofficial visit.
Green is also still considering South Carolina and is slated to visit the Gamecocks on January 17th.
Update (1/7): Impact of Florida State's BCS Championship
For Georgia, FSU's win may have an impact on Lorenzo Carter's decision. Carter has a visit scheduled to Florida State on January 24 (the week before he heads to Athens). The Seminoles' performance last night will undoubtedly weigh heavily as he decides where to pursue a championship.
Athlete Myles Autry, who is considering Florida State, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Oregon, may also be swayed by the 'Noles' big win on Monday night.
Update (1/6): Bulldogs Falling?
Georgia dropped two spots to No. 11 247Sports.com's recruiting class rankings. The two schools jumping the Bulldogs also hail from the SEC as LSU and Florida are on the rise.
Defensive Tackle Elisha Shaw was scheduled to make an announcement at the U.S. Army All-american Bowl but did not make a commitment.
Update (1/1): Defensive Tackle to Pick Georgia on Saturday?
Elisha Shaw is one of eleven players scheduled to announce a commitment during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. His remaining schools are Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Florida State.
Update (12/31): Georgia Commits Impressing at U.S. Army All-American Bowl
According to JC Shurburtt of 247Sports running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have impressed during practice sessions. He adds, "If Chubb is the next Todd Gurley at UGA, then Michel is the next Keith Marshall as the Dawgs figure to continue a 'thunder and lightning' combination."
Schurburtt also says that cornerback Malkom Parrish's stock is rising thanks to his performance this week.
Update (12/30): Georgia Commits and Targets Participating in All-Star Games
A complete breakdown of Bulldogs prospects playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-America Game can be found here.
Update (12/29): Lorenzo Carter Leaning Toward Georgia?
According to ESPN Insider's Derek Tyson, Carter currently has Georgia, Florida, Florida State and LSU in his top four. Carter told Tyson, "Georgia might have the slightest of the slight advantage just because I see them the most."
Georgia will also get the last shot at wooing Carter according to 247Sports as he has a visit to Athens scheduled for the final weekend before National Signing Day.
Last year, Georgia signed an inordinate amount of early enrollees, with 13 commitments showing up for classes in January and practice in the spring. Not surprisingly, a number of those players (J.J. Green, Tray Matthews and Quincy Mauger, to name a few) made big impacts as true freshmen. This year, only one player, quarterback Jacob Park, is set to enroll early.
In other news, two Georgia commits, defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard and tight end Jeb Blazevich, are slated to begin practice for the Under Armour All-American Game later this week. The game is held on January 2.
Meanwhile, the following Bulldog commits are preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which takes place on January 4:
- QB Jacob Park
- RB Sony Michel
- RB Nick Chubb
- CB Malkom Parrish
- OG Isaiah Wynn
- OT Dyshon Sims
Note: All stats, ratings and rankings courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.