Future Georgia Bulldogs Players to Watch in 'The Opening'
With the 2014 season around the corner, there has been plenty of talk about the incoming freshmen who are looking to make an impact.
However, college fans should also take notice of the rising high school seniors because they will be playing on Saturdays for their favorite team before they know it.
The Bulldogs have their share of 2015 commitments, and a few of them have been selected to take part in the “The Opening,” which is a four-day camp being held at the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. This event will include training, coaching and a seven-on-seven competition.
Some of the notable current and former NFL players to make an appearance at The Opening are Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Rice, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman.
Here’s a look at the future Bulldogs to watch in The Opening.
ATH Terry Godwin
Terry Godwin was one of the first 2015 commits for the Bulldogs, and he could arguably be the best prospect the Bulldogs have in their class, as we speak.
Godwin was named a first-team all-state receiver in Class AAA after catching 24 passes for 585 yards and nine touchdowns. But he also is an elite player on defense as he tallied 38 tackles, five interceptions and three pass breakups.
However, Godwin won the wide receiver MVP award at the Atlanta Nike Camp and was also named best wide receiver on the West team of the Georgia Junior Bowl. So odds are Godwin will make more of an impact on offense when he’s at UGA.
WDE Natrez Patrick
Jeremy Pruitt’s defense needs solid edge-rushers, and that’s what Natrez Patrick brings to the table. 247 Sports ranks Patrick as the nation’s No. 7 weak-side defensive end, and he was named to the Class AAAAA All-State team last season after recording 83 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.
At 6’4’’ and 240 pounds, Patrick has great size and combined with great football instincts. He impressed the coaches at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp, and there’s no reason he cannot do it at Beaverton.
WDE Chauncey Rivers
Another defensive lineman who was impressive at the Atlanta NFTC was Chauncey Rivers, as he showed versatility when he blew past offensive linemen at defensive end and defensive tackle. Rivers is an all-state player who posted 108 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 15 sacks last season.
247 Sports has listed him as the ninth-best weak-side defensive end in the nation, and like Patrick, he will bring a lot of energy and intensity when he’s at The Opening, his senior season at Stephenson High School in Atlanta and next season when he suits up for the Bulldogs.
CB Rico McGraw
With a strong showing at the Birmingham NFTC, Rico McGraw is looking to do even bigger things in Beaverton. McGraw is listed as the third-best player in Tennessee, according to 247 Sports. He has good recovery speed, great quickness and he excels at tackling.
McGraw was a key contributor last season for Ensworth High School in Nashville, as he picked off three passes and helped the school win the state title.
TE Jackson Harris
The Bulldogs continue to recruit quality tight ends with the commitment of Jackson Harris. Like McGraw, Harris is from Tennessee, and he is one of the 10 best players in the state, according to 247 Sports. He has good hands, can block in the run game and is fast for someone who is 6’6’’ and 250 pounds.
Harris showed at the Atlanta NFTC that he’s a matchup problem for defenders. It will be interesting to see how he handles the competition at Beaverton because it will be a different ballgame for him.