November 28, 2011

Recruiting Q&A

Recruiting Q&A

For those players rumored to be considering applying for the NFL Draft (Orson Charles, Jarvis Jones, Sanders Commings, Baccari Rambo, etc.) which one leaving would be the most likely to entice a top flight recruit or two to commit to UGA?

Right now, the recruit that is most impressionable when it comes to the depth chart seems to be Jordan Jenkins. If Jarvis Jones left early, which he has said that he won't do, Jenkins would probably take notice and UGA would move up the board for him. Blake Jackson is already high on UGA so much so that I wouldn't think Orson Charles going pro would help with him, but it wouldn't hurt either. Georgia's defensive back recruiting right now is a bit of a mystery but with so much young talent coming in last year, I don't think that Commings or Rambo leaving early would entice too many big time defensive back recruits to look Georgia's way. Right now it appears that the Georgia staff is reevaluating prospects in order to send out new offers for players in the secondary, so more will be known when those offers go out.

How does the state of Georgia's 2013 recruiting class stack up compared to the past 10 years? It seems to get better every year. Aside from the top two we all hear, about how does the rest appear to stack up?

Some may have a differing opinions, but I think the State of Georgia is loaded in 2013. The top two, Robert Nkemdiche and Ruben Foster, are big time players, but you also have guys like Tray Matthews, Brice Ramsey, Tyshon Dye, Isaac Rochelle, Keyante Green, Tyren Jones, Johnny O'Neal, and Jonathan McCrary that will all be big time players. I also think it is a great year for offensive line talent with De'Vondre Seymour, Brandon Kublanow, Shamire Devine and Joshua Outlaw. I've also been impressed with Demarcus Robinson, who has a UGA offer, and is my top wide receiver prospect in the state. Many of these guys that are listed have offers or are on the radars of some of the biggest programs in America, and many more will emerge as they participate in camps this summer and have big senior seasons.

What do think about Josh Harvey-Clemons not going to the Florida/Florida State Game? Should we be concerned about Alabama with him going to the iron bowl? Do you think Alabama is only looking at him as a WR?

I know that Harvey-Clemons likes Florida and understands that he could play early there. He also believes he has a good situation at Georgia. I have spoken with people that know his family, and they believe that Georgia is really the team to beat for him. Harvey-Clemons knows that things are tough at Florida right now and he understands that they might be in the process of having to build the football program back up from scratch in some areas. His family is aware and they love coach Mark Richt. As far as him skipping the two games he was supposed to attend, I think one of those, Florida/Furman, was because they had just lost in the state playoffs the night before and he was bummed. Him not going to the Florida/Florida State game had more to do with the hype surrounding the Iron Bowl. Either way, Florida is fighting a bit of an uphill battle for Harvey-Clemons. That battle becomes steeper if they lose linebackers DJ Durkin to Ohio State like some are saying could happen. Alabama is a player for Harvey-Clemons, but they don't like him at outside linebacker much, if at all. They like him as a big receiver, and many in Harvey-Cleomon's corner feel that he knows he is a linebacker at the next level.

Where do you see Derrick Henry's highest potential? Running back or some other position?

I know some people see Henry's size and think that he would be a great linebacker or tight end. When you look at him in person, you'll think the same thing. But when he carries the ball, he removes all doubt that he is a great fit at running back. He is tall with long limbs, but he also has excellent vision and knows how to initiate contact. He sees defenders as they come and has the balance to get as low as he needs to take them on effectively. He reminds me a lot of former Oregon running back LaGarrette Blount or former Heisman winner Eddie George. He is a little taller than Blount, but he moves much the same way and just understands how a big man is supposed to work in space. He has a fluid running motion and isn't a high strider in traffic which allows him to make better cuts. He can slash well for a big running back, but he does tend to run upright when he does so. One of the things that I like about him most his the way he carries the ball. He has huge hands and just swallows the football when he catches and when he carries it. I don't think you'll see him used like UGA uses Isaiah Crowell, but I think they will use him as a down hill bruiser and because of his running style and balance, he will hit some big plays. Defensive backs will not like tackling him.

I think Jordan Jenkins could be the key to this class. What percent chance do you think he signs with UGA?

Georgia made quite an impression on Jordan Jenkins on his official visit and while I wasn't as high on him as most in the beginning, I think he could come in and play snaps for Georgia at the Will linebacker position next year. The Jenkins family loves defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, and I have spoken with people who tell me that the performances of Georgia's outside linebackers, Jarvis Jones and Cornelius Washington, have really gotten his attention. With Florida struggling mightily and Alabama's outside guys not having the production of Georgia's, I would give Georgia a 30 percent chance of signing with the Bulldogs right now. I would give Alabama and Florida 35 percent a piece, seeing as how they have been his leader all along. That could change with coaching staff changes at UF. If Georgia can talk him into visiting again, unofficially, after he has taken his visits, then I think it means big things for Georgia's chances.

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