Recruits around the country could finally Sharpie in the Alabama-UGA game time into their schedules for Oct. 3. The SEC announced Monday that the game will air on CBS and kick off at 3:30 p.m.
That weekend is going to be arguably the biggest day of recruiting for UGA this season. It’s quite possible that nearly 100 recruits will be in attendance for the game.
But before that takes place, we take a look back at what happened in the UGA recruiting world Monday.
Here are today’s must-reads
1. UGA sends out offer to defensive end
It’s late September, but that didn’t stop UGA from sending an offer out to 2016 defensive end Levi Onwuzurike from Allen, Texas.
Onwuzurike, a 3-star prospect, is the teammate of the nation’s No. 2 player, offensive tackle Greg Little. Little will take an official visit to UGA.
It’s interesting that UGA sent out an offer this late to a prospect in this year’s class.
Is it possible that the Bulldogs don’t feel comfortable about where they stand with defensive linemen Derrick Brown, Michail Carter, Brian Burns, Rashan Gary and Antwuan Jackson? We’ll have to wait and see.
2. Nation’s No. 1 LB likes UGA and is as fast as Nick Chubb
There’s not a typo in the sub-headline above. Nate McBride, a 5-star linebacker (according to Rivals), is as fast as UGA running back Nick Chubb.
The 2017 prospect has been timed at 10.68 seconds in the 100-meter dash and at 21.6 seconds in the 200 — compared to Chubb’s top times of 10.6 and 21.8 seconds.
The Vidalia High School star will sit out the entire 2016 season after getting into a car accident last month. McBride fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a tree. The accident caused him to break his wrist.
Despite not being able to play this season, that has not stopped UGA from recruiting him.
In this video, he explains where things stand with the Bulldogs and says which UGA player has caught his eye as of late.
3. Oregon commit still considering UGA
UGA hosted several recruits committed to other schools Saturday for the South Carolina game, and Oregon pledge Jared Mayden was one of them.
Mayden, a 4-star cornerback from Sachse, Texas, told 247Sports.com that UGA is now his No. 2 school.
In this interview, Mayden explains what he specifically liked about his UGA visit and why the Bulldogs “aren’t out of anything.”
4. Do you know the real name of this UGA commit?
Glynn Academy’s Deejay Dallas committed to UGA at Dawg Night this past July. When he ends up signing his financial aid papers, coaches may be perplexed when they see a name other than “Deejay” signed on the documents.
That’s the 4-star athlete’s nickname and he says he doesn’t think UGA coaches know that’s not his real name.
So what is his legal name? Find out here. In this video, you can also find out which position UGA coaches want him to play when he gets on campus.
5. UGA has some work to do with nation’s No. 4 RB
Trey Sermon may be the best running back in the state of Georgia, but UGA has some work to do in order to land his services.
Sermon, a 4-star prospect from Sprayberry High School, told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that he is strongly considering Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss and Ohio State. Those five schools also happen to be the ones recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
UGA currently trails the schools listed above, but there is some good news with Sermon and the Bulldogs.
He plans to be back on campus for the Alabama game and has been in contact with UGA running backs coach Thomas Brown recently.
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.