Kyle Davis may decide to commit to UGA on Oct. 23. If he puts on his UGA gloves that night, put him down for at least 125 big plays across maybe just three years in Athens.
But with all due respect to Davis, he’s not the only “gotta-have” talent on UGA’s board at receiver. Yet the Archer High School standout is the name most feel that UGA has to have.
The 5-star quarterback committed to UGA, Jacob Eason, said last week that he felt like the Bulldogs needed Davis and Savannah Christian’s Demetris Robertson to complete this year’s class. The mighty wheels of the recruiting industry are partly to blame for that. Davis and Robertson are the highest-rated prospects UGA is going after. They are potential All-SEC players. At least.
Everyone knows their names, but there are two other receivers who aren’t rated as highly that are just as good as Davis and Robertson. That’s 4-star Florida speedster Tre Nixon and 3-star Virginian Grant Holloway.
They don’t have the hype but watch their film. They have got the film. Man, do they have the film.
The Hudl highlight reel on Nixon credits him with a 4.38 laser time in the 40. Nixon, at 6-foot-1, has good length and weighs in at 175 pounds.
You need to watch about four plays max on Nixon’s film to know that he’s worth an offer. That’s all it takes.
The kickoff return bandit is swift enough to split the teeth of a coverage unit like a surfer riding the pipeline. Nixon can also take the top off a defense and reel in a bomb with a one-handed catch off his back shoulder. Nixon made that play and then swatted away the defender with his free hand. Those were just the first two plays.
It should come down to Penn State and UGA with Nixon. He’ll decide by November.
Then there’s Holloway. Forget the stars. He has more upside than any player UGA is currently recruiting. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is an elite national hurdler who wants to run track and catch Saturday touchdowns.
Check this film. It looks like some George Lucas “CGI” magic altered it.
— Grant W. Holloway (@Flaamingoo_) September 5, 2015
That’s a one-play offer.
That clip wasn’t played on fast forward. Holloway had three efforts during last spring’s track season which ranked among the Top 12 nationally — even though he was still a junior. He can clear seven feet in the high jump and had the nation’s best prep long jump at 25 feet, 8.75 inches this spring.
He’s been timed at 4.29 seconds in the 40 and is the co-holder of the national prep record in the indoor 55-meter high hurdles. His decision should come down to UGA, Florida, Oregon and Virginia Tech. He is a bad, bad man.
His three stars seem like a shabby parking lot hiding the best restaurant in town. His track background has limited his exposure on the evaluation circuit, but he could be an Olympian in 2020.
Eason needs that guy running under his 50-yard heaves at UGA, too.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.