National Signing Day 2010: Georgia Bulldogs Make Final Push for Top Talent
Signing Day is still a couple weeks away but it is fast-approaching and the Dawgs are still in the mix for several of the nation's top prospects. Guys like Jakar Hamilton (pictured) are already locked in and enrolled at Georgia.
Others, like Deon Rogers are less certain and will remain question marks until February 3rd.
However, there are a handful of players still out there that Georgia is looking to grab and a solid push is being made to entice/keep them edging towards the red and black.
It remains to be seen if what the Dawgs have to offer will be enough for these, potentially, prime time players, but in Dawg Country, it's about finishing the drill and I expect to see nothing less from Richt and Company.
Jeff Whitaker, DT
Georgia is in a Dawg fight with Auburn to nab this defensive product out of Warner Robbins, GA.
Whitaker has been described as "unblockable" and as having "incredible" strength. He is just the kind of guy you want to have at the all-important nose tackle spot in a 3-4 defense—a defense that the Dawgs will install this season under new coordinator, Todd Grantham.
Whitaker is thought to be leaning towards Auburn after having described his visit to the Plains as a "Perfect 10." Even with that, however, he is still open to looking at Georgia as well as Miami.
He will take his official visit to Athens this weekend and the Dawgs are hoping to make his decision on February 1st (his anticipated announcement date) one that favors the Dawgs.
*Photo courtesy of scout.com.
Mike Thornton, DT
The Dawgs are putting on the full-court press to fill the holes left by the departures of both Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens.
Even though the new scheme will not require two interior lineman, per se, the Dawgs are still a bit light on players who can come in and play productively at the DT position.
Thornton, like Whitaker, was also considering Auburn but has since dropped them from his list and many believe he will end up signing with the Dawgs. However, recently, he has added USC to his list of possibilities and it remains to be seen if the Dawgs will actually win out with Thornton.
He's got good feet, a strong stance, and he's tough against the run. Add to that his ability to take on the all-important double-team in passing situations and you can see why he's such an attractive option.
Telvin Smith, LB
Telvin Smith is a longtime Florida State commit but he will travel a few hours north to visit Georgia this weekend.
Coach Grantham will be there to try and woo him over to his 3-4 defense and it is possible that he will reconsider his decision to be a Nole.
Smith is listed at 6'4, 198 lbs, and has just the kind of get-off you want to see coming off the edge as an OLB.
Kadron Boone, WR
Georgia hasn't been shy about cherry-picking the best wide receiver's in the nation—snagging A.J. Green in 08', Marlon Brown in 09', and looking to seal the deal with Da'Rick Rogers in this year's class.
That said, they are still on the move for more playmakers and Kadron Boone could fit the bill if he decides to go with Georgia over Louisville and LSU.
Boone was a solid Texas Tech commit prior to the ouster of Mike Leach and could still be swayed to stay with the Raiders by new coach Tommy Tubberville. But, as of now, he remains open and the Dawgs have made a good impression on him so far.
Adrian Coxson, WR
Rumor has it that Coxson may be headed to Gainesville to join Urban Meyer's uber class from the gods.
However, until the ink dries on the paperwork, Georgia still has a shot at this former Penn State commit who re-opened his recruitment last weekend.
Coxson is not a fast guy but he's got the physicality to play tough in the SEC—Georgia has been trending towards that mold for quite some time now and Coxson would be a nice addition to the roster.
The fact that Georgia is looking to add a wide out, despite the fact that no receivers are scheduled to graduate prior to 2011, speaks volumes for where their offense could be heading in the near future.
Nickell Robey, CB
Nickell Robey was solid to Georgia prior to the departure of Willie Martinez. He has spoken to the Dawgs since that time but remains uncertain if that is where he wants to be.
Robey is a smallish-corner (5'7", 185 lbs) with tremendous speed (4.4 forty) and good coverage skills.
He's taking all of his visits and Georgia is among his final choices—a big switch from being a verbal just a couple months back.
The Dawgs have maintained communication with Robey and he knows that they still want him at Georgia in 2010 but he's opting to take his visits. We will just have to see what happens with Robey on Signing Day.