DawgNation traveled to Florida this past weekend to cover one of the best high school football games in the country: American Heritage v.s. IMG Academy, which featured almost enough FBS prospects to fill an entire NFL roster of 53 men.
We at DawgNation will continue to make these trips to different parts of the Southeast to make sure our readers are the most informed recruiting consumers on the Internet.
So without further ado, let’s travel down South.
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Here are today’s must-reads
1. If you need a boost this morning, get one from this major UGA target
Brian Burns experienced one of the most difficult days of his life on Saturday. Burns, a 4-star outside linebacker from American Heritage, sadly buried his grandfather this past weekend.
That didn’t stop him from carrying his high school to a 19-7 victory. An emotional Burns spoke to DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell after the game and talked about what his grandfather meant to him and why he decided to play.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder is one of UGA’s main targets at OLB, and the coaching staff reached out to him to give their condolences. You can find out what the UGA coaches told Burns here.
We at DawgNation would also like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Burns family and their loved ones during this difficult time.
2. Former UGA commit still really high on Dawgs
He may have de-committed from the school in June, but UGA is still one of the top schools for EJ Price.
The 4-star offensive tackle from Archer High School says he hears from a collection of UGA coaches at least three times a week and knows how big of a priority he is to them. Usually when kids de-commit from a school, there’s almost no way they re-commit.
Well, Price may have other ideas come Jan. 9, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas at the Army All-American game. That’s when Price plans to announce his commitment.
Here’s what he had to say about his standing with the Bulldogs.
3. Will Mark Richt make Urban Meyer sad?
One of my favorite pictures related to college football has to be Ohio State coach Urban Meyer eating Papa John’s pizza after losing to Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game in 2013. Meyer has the saddest look on his face — probably because Papa John’s forgot to include the garlic sauce — while he eats the likely lukewarm pizza.
But when it comes to the recruitment of Ohio State commit Isaiah Pryor, Meyer likely won’t be huddled around a carton of chocolate ice cream while he balls his eyes out watching The Notebook.
Pryor, a 4-star safety from Archer High School, told the AJC that he remains firm in his commitment to Ohio State, despite frequent contact from UGA.
Looks like Urban can rest easy and enjoy a nice filet mignion in peace when thinking about how he’ll use Pryor in his defense.
4. UGA gaining ground for explosive athlete
What he lacks in size, Jamyest Williams makes up for that with pure football talent. The kid straight up balls out.
This past Friday, the Archer High School athlete rushed for 172 yards, had four tackles and racked up five touchdowns. The dude was playing on rookie mode on Madden. It was just too easy.
After his electrifying performance, he caught up with the AJC and let us know where things stand with UGA and if they continue to rise his list of favorites.
5. Did you see what 5-star WR Kyle Davis did?
Kyle Davis is a 5-star for a reason.
In his game Friday night, Davis made North Paulding’s defense look silly. He took a hitch route 34 yards to the house after breaking two tackles and making another guy miss before reaching the endzone.
Good thing that game was on television because that was must-see TV.
Watch his moves here.
6. It’s too late to recruit one of the nation’s best linebackers
DawgNation got a chance to catch up with Dawg Night secret visitor Rahshaun Smith this weekend.
Smith, who is rated as the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker, showed up on UGA’s campus even though he was committed to Clemson. He de-committed from the school earlier this month mainly to take visits like the one he took to UGA in July.
Even though he was at UGA, it doesn’t mean he is considering committing there. He isn’t. The Bulldogs only started to recruit him once they realized he was at Dawg Night. As One Republic would sing, it’s too late to apologize for not recruiting him sooner.
So who is he considering? Find out here.
7. Former UGA commit gloats over Alabama
Now that he is an Alabama commit, B.J. Emmons says “who wouldn’t want to go to Alabama?” Well, he didn’t want go there at first because he was a UGA commit.
Emmons, a 4-star running back from Morganton, N.C., committed to Bama after de-committing from UGA in June.
After the de-commitment of Emmons, UGA was left with no running back commitments in this year’s recruiting class, but that could change come Sept. 4 when Elijah Holyfield announces his commitment.
8. UGA target explains why Duke won his commitment
One day after telling DawgNation that UGA led for him, Dylan Singleton committed to Duke.
Singleton had a change of heart after speaking with his family. He said he chose a 40-year decision instead of a 4-year decision.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder now joins his brother, Deondre Singleton, who is a starting safety for the Blue Devils.
Now that the Dawgs have lost out on Singleton, expect UGA to step up its recruitment of Peachtree Ridge 4-star safety Nigel Warrior.
9. Three SEC schools in the mix for 4-star WR
Drake Davis isn’t wasting time to announce his commitment.
Davis, a 4-star wide receiver from IMG Academy, told the AJC on Sunday morning that he may announce his college destination next week.
Ole Miss is the presumed leader with LSU and Texas A&M in his top three as well.
Chris Kirschner covers recruiting in the Southeast for DawgNation and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play college football.