“Covers Dixie like the Dew.”
Remember that line? That was a great one used by the Atlanta Journal years ago. What would be a modern one for Tuesday’s UGA Recruiting Rewind for DawgNation?
“Covers UGA Recruiting like an interstate cell phone tower.”
“Covers UGA Recruiting like a Champ.”
Take your pick. Leave other suggestions in the comments below. Feedback is welcomed. This entire undertaking is a reader service designed to deliver UGA recruiting news as efficiently as possible. What do you want to see? Let me know. I’ll tell them chef in the kitchen just how you want it.
It’s another Rewind Day. That means we’ve only got a painted orange rock, a reaffirmed commitment, How to Land an Alabama 5-star and the Grandaddy Long Legs of commitment watch lists to check out. There was some heart and soul put into that effort.
Today’s must reads
1. Your Cliff’s Notes on UGA Recruiting
Have you ever thought how hard it is to keep up with all the possible UGA targets and when they would possibly commit? Do you think it would be nice to see every major UGA target, the chief competition and their latest reported commitment date?
That’s what DawgNation cooked up yesterday to put it all there for you with just one simple click.
2. Breaking down the remaining targets
Take another good look at that “When will they commit” link. There are 25 names among those targets who will be vying for one of 10-to-12 remaining slots in the UGA recruiting class.
There are 14 players among those 25 who play either the defensive line, offensive line or will line up at receiver. Seems pretty easy to figure out what the priorities were this year for the 2016 signing class, huh?
That’s even with nine commitments already pledged to play one of those positions.
3. How to land an Alabama 5-star
The new recruiting regime at UGA doesn’t mind stepping into Crimson Tide and War Eagle territory and putting their dukes up. The Alabama connections of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer give the program a fighting chance. Those men are well-respected across Alabama and the recruiting lists of 2017 4-star recruits Malcolm Askew and Nico Collins reflect that.
5-star DE Marlon Davidson (Greenville, Ala.) continues to proclaim he’s wide open and not cemented into Alabama or Auburn even despite the fact his older brother played at Auburn and still works on the staff as an analyst. He laid it out to the AJC how UGA or any other school could pry him from the SEC West.
“Win the dogfight” and “Scrap” were two terms he used. He said it was pretty simple. The hardest-working recruiter in his recruiting process would likely land him on their defensive line. Davidson still plans to early enroll and he will also commit on Sept. 4.
To everybody Marlon Davidson it's not guaranteed to go to Auburn or Alabama okay I'm free to anybody ???
— Marlon Davidson (@marlondavidson7) August 15, 2015
4. Reaffirmed commitment
Tyler Clark is a undervalued gem in UGA’s current recruiting class. I’m on record in stating the 4-star DT from Americus will make an ALL-SEC team in his UGA career if he stays at least three years in the program. But here’s the but…
He continues to take trips to Auburn. His most recent one was his fourth. The AJC spoke to his father yesterday and he reaffirmed his son’s commitment to UGA. He stated earlier this month that he was 99 percent committed to UGA.
Clark is just doing everything within his rights as a prospect. He’ll also take all of his visits. My take is that this isn’t really anything to worry about. Worry about him when he de-commits. 99 percent committed is still very good. I bet if you went up and down every commitment list in the SEC and asked those recruits to speak honestly if they were 100 percent committed, there would be a lot of nays in that group.
5. Vaughns trims it to 4
UGA WR target Tyler Vaughns is set to make his commitment on Wednesday at approximately 3:30 p.m. local time. He’s from California and rated the No. 2 receiver in the nation by the 247sports composite. He told Scout.com recently that his Top 5 is now down to four teams.
Those schools are UGA, Alabama, USC and Washington.
Scout’s opinion is that he’s heading to USC as that’s the only school he has visited among those finalists. That’s a logical assessment, but Vaughns also said that he’s going to take an official visit to UGA no matter what his decision is this week.
6. No explanation here
Here’s the latest in the back-and-forth recruiting saga of former North Gwinnett standout DeVondre Seymour. DawgNation’s Seth Emerson wrote yesterday that he didn’t give up football after all. He just gave up Georgia.
Seymour — the adopted son of former UGA and NFL defensive end Richard Seymour — had waited two years to qualify and play at UGA. Yet he announced in June through the school that he had given up football shortly after enrolling. UGA head coach Mark Richt even released a June statement that noted he felt that football was not something that the young man wished to continue to do.
He’s now on the Southern Illinois roster. Seymour even posted a picture of himself in a Salukis jersey on his Instagram account.
That’s just the latest example that the science of understanding the recruiting whims and football passions of young men is a very inexact science.
7. Rock on, UT
The Weekend Rewind covered Tennessee’s impressive show for prospective recruits this past weekend. DawgNation’s most recent story on the matter details how the recruits who were depicted with caricatures on that campus rock felt about it.
They pretty much loved it. Now what can UGA do in the future to top that?
I’ve got three possibilities: The Arch, those massive bulldogs around town or Milledge Avenue. Imagine seeing one of those street corner Bulldogs wearing a UGA “Davis” or “Hardman” jerseys. What if there was a caricature of each 5-star recruit hanging in front of a select sorority house or two.
That would surely attract some attention.
8. Holyfield on his secret UGA visit
Woodward Academy 4-star RB Elijah Holyfield is UGA’s top target at his position for the 2016 recruiting class. He recently made a “secret visit” to a UGA practice that became known when the beat reporters covering the team spied him watching fall drills.
Holyfield spoke to the AJC about it. He’s also planning another “secret” visit or two before his commitment date early next month. I wish him the best of luck and maybe a pair of Ray-Bans. Its pretty hard to be clandestine when you’re the son of the only 4-time heavyweight champion of the world and also a 4-star recruit who’s a wanted man by the major powers of the SEC.
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.