Dear DawgNation.com reader,
We’ve been hanging out every morning for awhile now and I think our relationship is to the point where we can be honest with one another.
This is a busy and intense week for all of us. It will be hard to get any work done this week with that huge game looming on Saturday. So let’s just cut to the small talk and get to the business end of what the DawgNation.com Daily Recruiting Rewind is all about.
I’m picking out the need-to-know stories as of this minute regarding UGA football recruiting. You’re going to read them and then pretend to file every one of those “TPS reports” at work today, right? You’re also going to continue to tell all your friends about that wonderful DawgNation.com email newsletter, right?
Just sign up and poof. You’re covered. No need to wear out that Google bookmark with that. Are we cool?
Ok, let’s get to it. We all got stuff to pretend we’re doing while we all think about what’s going to happen on Saturday afternoon.
Today’s must reads
1. Son of NFL legend coming to UGA-Bama on an official
Remember Randy Moss? I’m sure that last championship Fantasy Football team we all had still does. Well, that touchdown-snagging demon from the late 90s and early part of the last decade already has a son.
Pause button. Take a 20-second timeout. Randy Moss has a son. He’s also a senior in high school. Exhale. Yes, we are all getting old.
Thaddeus Moss will take his official visit to UGA this week for the Alabama game. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has nice hands. He’s another option among the array of playmakers that UGA tight ends coach John Lilly is recruiting at that position.
Moss joins 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta and 4-star prospect Jacob Mathis as the high-value athletes UGA is after at that position. Nauta is the nation’s top-ranked recruit at that position. Mathis was also rated at No. 9.
Moss comes in at No. 19 on the 247sports composite.
2. Keep calm and carry on while Clark visits other schools
I feel that Americus-Sumter defensive tackle Tyler Clark might be the most undervalued UGA commitment at this point. He’s already a stout playmaker now, but I can easily see him performing just as well as any other defensive lineman UGA is recruiting right now for the Class of 2016 by the time he’s a sophomore.
My DawgNation.com colleague Chris Kirscher is on the road this week and has already filed two stories on Clark. The first of those details why he will continue to visit other schools (Auburn in particular) and also why UGA fans have no reason to worry at this point.
He’s also been a beast since his flag football days when he was just a Bullpup-in-training. He’s also got an interesting career choice in mind.
3. UGA getting an incredible athlete at outside linebacker
Pick the most impressive statement about UGA linebacker commitment Chauncey Manac. Yes, this is meant to give you a headache similar to the ones when we all took the ACT and SAT.
- A) He’s been committed to UGA for over a year now and never wavered.
- B) He’s 6 feet, 4 inches tall and 250 pounds and runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.
- C) He can bench press approximately 350 pounds and power clean another 365 pounds.
- D) The 4-star recruit never takes the red UGA rubber bracelet he got at a summer camp visit off his left wrist.
- D) Mance can go step-for-step or even surpass the starting point guard on the basketball team in agility drills.
I weighed all those facts but finally went with “D” because this video shows just what an incredible athlete UGA will be getting in Manac.
4. Florida commitment also on an official visit this week
Florida commitment Joshua Hammond confirmed to DawgNation.com this week that he will be making an official visit to UGA this week. He’s a vastly talented playmaker who never fails to live up to the hype in competition. That’s not always the case with some recruits.
The Florida resident lit up Sanford Stadium this summer during the Mark Richt 7-on-7 team camp. He must have scored at least a dozen touchdowns along the day as no defender could check him in space or blanket him on the deep ball. He also had another fine showing for Hallandale High School earlier this year in a “Border Battle” game in Clarkston.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder committed to Florida back in June. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 54 receiver, but he’s a lot better than that. Trust me on that. If Florida can sign a few guys like him every February, that’s how they restore that program.
If the Gators don’t have at least a couple of receivers every year that can take the top off a defense, then they have not been recruiting well. Period.
5. Another WR coming to UGA on an official visit
The Palm Beach Post reports that 4-star receiver Keith Gavin of Wakulla, Fla., will also make an official visit to UGA later this year. His dates are not yet scheduled, but he will be sure to give UGA a look.
That’s more evidence that UGA continues to go after the nation’s top recruits at receiver no matter how many commitments it has. The 6-foot-3, 211-pounder is rated the No. 23 receiver in the nation for 2016.
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.