Good morning, DawgNation! Yesterday I read a great article by DawgNation’s own Seth Emerson about how one coaching decision made by Florida last season has profoundly impacted both schools.
That got me thinking about how many single events have impacted UGA over the years both on the field and in recruiting. What if Aaron Murray‘s pass in the final seconds against Alabama in the 2012 SEC Championship game had not been tipped? Or the Malcolm Mitchell touchdown catch to defeat Florida and put UGA in that championship game had not happened? What if Antoine Lott had not been awarded a timeout for Florida in the final seconds and UGA quarterback Eric Zeier‘s touchdown had counted?
College football is full of single moments that wind up having monumental impacts down the road. That is one of the reasons why sports are so compelling, and the UGA-Florida rivalry in particular.
I bring up the single-moment events because today’s Rewind discusses some of UGA’s biggest recruiting wins over Florida, and one great player chose between these two schools by flipping a coin. Talk about one moment causing a ripple effect for two of college football’s major programs.
1. A new contender in the mix for WR target
Initially, only three SEC schools looked to be in the mix for 3-star wide receiver Tyler Simmons — UGA, Alabama and Texas A&M. But on Tuesday, Simmons told DawgNation that another school has joined the party.
That wasn’t all he said, as the McEachern High School product actually opened up more about his recruitment than most prospects I’ve seen. Simmons talked about his options at each school, but his most interesting comments may have been about a trio of fellow wide receiver prospects who UGA is extremely high on.
2. UGA’s biggest recruiting wins over Florida
The annual UGA-Florida game is one of college football’s biggest on-field matchups, but the border states have had plenty of recruiting battles as well. Some of the rivalry’s most memorable players came close to standing on the opposite sideline.
Some of UGA’s recruiting victories over Florida have left a huge mark on the program. One such player became UGA’s all-time leader in several notable categories. Another was literally a coin flip away from donning the blue and orange. These two teams have had some unforgettable games on the field, but a few of the biggest victories have come in the recruiting arena.
To see the biggest Florida recruiting wins over UGA, click here.
3. Nation’s No. 2 prospect delays commitment
Gregory Little, the nation’s No. 2 prospect, has decided to push back his commitment date. The 5-star offensive tackle wanted to add an official visit to Alabama on Nov. 7 for the LSU game.
UGA is in the mix for Little, but the recent news doesn’t bode well. Little delaying his commitment date because he wants to see another school is kind of like asking to see what’s behind curtain No. 3 after you’ve seen what’s behind the first two. It could just be that Little wants to attend one of the season’s biggest games, but a good experience there could stick in the 5-star’s mind.
4. Answers to your top recruiting questions
Wednesday marked the second installment of DawgNation’s UGA Mailbag for Recruiting. There were a lot of great questions asked, which shows that you guys know your stuff when it comes to recruiting.
Some of the questions dealt with the type of talent that 5-star Jacob Eason faces on a weekly basis, where UGA stands with some of the state’s top prospects and some great information on the nation’s No. 1 receiver.
5. UGA put top target on ESPN’s Magazine
4-star cornerback Malcolm Askew is one of UGA’s top prospects for 2017. Askew almost committed to UGA in the summer and recently took a trip up for the Missouri game. He told DawgNation the gap between UGA and his other schools “seems like it is growing and increasing every time (he) go(es) to Georgia.”
Despite UGA’s seemingly prime position, it is not taking its foot off of the gas for the junior from McAdory High School (Ala.). Askew tweeted out an edit UGA sent to the 4-star, and it puts him front and center on one of the nation’s top sports magazines.
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— Malcolm Askew™✨ (@MacAskew4) October 28, 2015
William McFadden covers UGA recruiting for DawgNation and is an SEC multimedia reporter for SECCountry. Give him a follow on Twitter for sports news and opinions you probably won’t agree with.