It’s hump day, DawgNation! From here it is all downhill until the weekend where opportunities abound. UGA enjoys a weekend off from football, but the bye week gives the coaching staff a chance to get back on the recruiting trail for some crucial in-season visits.
A recruiter’s job is never truly over, but luckily we are here to keep you up to date on all of the biggest stories from the recruiting trail. That is the purpose behind DawgNation’s Recruiting Rewind, and one that we take great pride in. So sit back, and enjoy.
Today’s must reads
1. LB commit still “solid” but will visit other SEC schools
Jaleel Laguins, 4-star inside linebacker commit from Oconee County High School, told DawgNation on Tuesday that his commitment is “pretty solid,” but that will not stop him from taking at least two more official visits to SEC schools.
So should UGA fans be nervous about Laguins’ planned trips? I would say there is really nothing to be worried about. Plenty of commitments still choose to take official visits to other schools because it offers them a chance to see a different part of the country and a different school at no cost.
When you put it like that, would you not use those official visits, too?
Laguins gave his opinion on the two schools he will be visiting and also told DawgNation about his experience at UGA’s game against Missouri.
2. 4-star RB gets visit from UGA after record-breaking performance
Lyn-J Dixon, a sophomore running back from Taylor County High School, shattered his own school record in his team’s 54-30 victory on Friday. Well, DawgNation learned that UGA tight ends coach John Lilly was expected to pay the 4-star a visit on Tuesday.
Dixon already has an offer from UGA, but after his latest game, it would not be a surprise if he quickly rises on the school’s big board for the 2018 class.
With highlights like these, Dixon is going to be a rising star among recruiters.
3. UGA extends three new offers
UGA offered three prospects from Alabama on Tuesday. The prospects offered were 2017 dual-threat quarterback Malik Cunningham, 2018 offensive lineman Tank Jenkins and 2018 defensive end Alfred Thomas.
Cunningham is the name that stands out. If you remember, DawgNation explained that UGA plans to sign two quarterbacks for 2017 and that one would likely be a duel-threat quarterback. Although UGA operates with a pro-style offense, it has targeted a fair number of dual-threat quarterbacks. Players like D.J. Shockley, Logan Gray, Aaron Murray, Faton Bauta and even Deshaun Watson, who UGA recruited heavily before he committed to Clemson, come to mind.
So what is UGA’s pitch to get Cunningham to become the latest dual-threat passer and join 2016 commit Jacob Eason and 2017 commit Bailey Hockman in Athens? He answers that question here.
— Tank Jenkins (@_MJ70_) October 20, 2015
4. Are two major programs in the mix for DB commit?
3-star cornerback Malek Young committed to UGA back in April, but told SECCountry’s Chuck Kingsbury that he is still looking around.
“I’m committed to Georgia, but I just want to visit other schools to see if I’m making the right choice,” Young told Kingsbury.
The two schools he’s lined up for official visits? Ohio State and SEC-rival Auburn. The Coconut Creek High School (Fla.) product took his official visit to Ohio State over the weekend and will travel to Auburn on Nov. 28.
Young explained what he likes about each school and also updates his status with UGA.
William McFadden covers UGA recruiting for DawgNation and is an SEC multimedia reporter for SECCountry. Give him a follow on Twitter for news and opinions on the latest sports news.