UGA recruiting: Big visitors list forming for turf fight with Mississippi State
Want a daily lap through UGA recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. In this edition, we cover the news on the big visitors list that is forming for the Mississippi State game, plus share some more Intel on the injury to commit Owen Condon and the big leg of 2018 kicker/punter commit Jake Camarda.
The players already are starting to check in for the big SEC showdown Saturday with Mississippi State.
The numbers, so far, of who intends to visit Sanford Stadium for the game look like this:
- 15: UGA commits
- 4: 5-star prospects (including commits)
- 26: 4-star prospects (including commits)
- 11: Prospects from one high school team
- 5: Prospects who are committed to another Power 5 program
This is just as of Tuesday morning, folks.
This is by no means an official list. Look for this list to evolve over the next few days. But this game is already getting the sort of attention that merits an early list.
Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) High School plans to send at least 10 prospects to the game. That school has a wealth of talent for the 2019 cycle. There are eight members of that squad with offers from seven SEC schools, including UGA.
That contingent makes an instant big visitors weekend in and of itself. But there will be plenty more.
- Jaevon Becton (3-star DE/OLB from Ocean Lakes H.S., Virginia Beach, Va.)
- Jake Camarda (2-star K from Norcross H.S. in Norcross, Ga.)
- Owen Condon (3-star OT from Bishop McGuinness in Oklahoma City, Okla.)
- Warren Ericson (4-star OG from North Gwinnett H.S., Suwanee, Ga.)
- Kearis Jackson (4-star WR from Peach County H.S., Fort Valley, Ga.)
- Azeez Ojulari (4-star DE/OLB from Marietta, Ga., H.S.)
- Chris Smith II (4-star CB from Hapeville Charter Academy, Atlanta)
- Tramel Walthour (3-star DT from Liberty County H.S., Atlanta)
- Rachad Wildgoose Jr. (3-star S from Northwestern H.S., Miami)
- JD Bertrand (4-star OLB from Blessed Trinity H.S., Roswell, Ga.)
- Dominick Blaylock (5-star WR from Walton H.S., Marietta, Ga.)
- Rashad Cheney Jr. (4-star DT from Cedar Grove H.S., Ellenwood, Ga.)
- Luke Griffin (4-star OT from North Murray H.S., Chatsworth, Ga.)
- Jadon Haselwood (5-star WR from Cedar Grove H.S., Ellenwood, Ga.)
‘The Grayson High contingent’
- Jaylen Alexander (unrated S)
- Jakai Clark (unrated C)
- Kenyon Jackson (4-star WR)
- Trente Jones (unrated OL)
- Wanya Morris (4-star OT and a Florida State commit)
- Owen Pappoe (5-star OLB)
- Jeremiah Smith (unrated DB)
- Ronald Thompkins (4-star RB and a Florida State commit)
- Tru Thompson (3-star DT and a Florida State commit)
- Kenyatta Watson (4-star DB and a Florida State commit)
(Note: There are eight members of the 2019 class at Grayson who hold a UGA offer.)
Major targets with offers
- Adam Anderson (4-star OLB from Rome H.S., Rome, Ga.)
- Aaron Brule (3-star S from Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La.)
- James Cook (4-star RB from Miami Central H.S., Miami, listed as probable)
- KJ Henry (5-star OLB from West Forsyth H.S., Clemmons, N.C.)
- Trey Hill (4-star OG from Houston County H.S., Warner Robins, Ga.)
- Ken Montgomery Jr. (3-star CB and UCLA commit from Hillsborough H.S., Tampa, Fla.)
- Cortez Andrews (4-star S/OLB from Amos P. Godby H.S., Tallahasse, Fla.)
- Joseph Charleston (4-star S from Milton H.S., Alpharetta, Ga.)
- Ryland Goede (4-star TE from Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, Ga.)
- Keiondre Jones (4-star OG from Callaway H.S., Hogansville, Ga.)
- Warren McClendon (4-star OT from Brunswick H.S., Brunswick, Ga.)
- King Mwikuta (4-star OLB from Troup County H.S., LaGrange, Ga.)
- Jaylen “Tank” McCullough (4-star S from Hillgrove H.S., Powder Springs, Ga.)
- Dante Walker (4-star DE from Riverdale H.S., Riverdale, Ga.)
- Travon Walker (4-star DE/DT from Upson-Lee H.S., Thomaston, Ga.)
- Colby Wooden (3-star DE from Archer H.S., Lawrenceville, Ga.)
- Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby” (4-star ATH from Callaway H.S., Hoganville, Ga.)
- Arik Gilbert (4-star DE/TE from Marietta H.S., Marietta, Ga.)
- Kobe Hudson (4-star WR from Troup County H.S., LaGrange, Ga.)
- Michael Robertson Jr. (Unrated ATH from Savannah Christian in Savannah, Ga.)
- Kevin Swint (4-star OLB from Carrollton H.S., Carrollton, Ga.)
- Paul Tchio (Unrated OT from Milton H.S., Alpharetta, Ga.)
* — As of now, I haven’t gotten the official word that either 5-star QB Justin Fields or 5-star RB commit Zamir White have made definite plans to be in Sanford Stadium on Saturday night.
Setback for 2018 OT commit Owen Condon
Owen Condon, a 2018 commit at offensive tackle, is out for the time being with a torn right lateral meniscus. The 3-star prospect from Oklahoma is set for surgery next Monday.
He might be back in a month. Or he might be out for the rest of his senior season.
“It depends on what surgery they do,” Condon told DawgNation. “They think they’re going to stitch up my meniscus, which would mean four months. But they said they can’t be for sure until they are actually in surgery. If it is not repairable, they will just scope it and then I’d be back in four weeks.”
The injury happened in Week 1. Condon said he hyperextended it.
“I thought it was just soreness,” he said. “So I iced it all week and then played on it against our rival Bishop Kelley in Week 2. Then it was still sore last Monday so I got an MRI and saw it was torn.”
That’s a tough break for Condon. That says a lot about his toughness level and also about what his high school season means to him.
Jake Camarda has a really big leg
What do you think about the special teams at UGA so far this year? Like those big booming punts and the bare bones punt return room?
That’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Georgia has a commitment from an elite kicker in Norcross senior Jake Camarda. Camarda, a 2018 Under Armour All-American, is rated by Kohl’s Kicking as the nation’s No. 1 punter for 2018.
Here’s a synopsis of his skill set by Kohl’s Kicking:
“Camarda is one of the most impressive punters we have seen at the high school level. He is ready to start at a Power 5 school right now. He has D1 ability on his field goals and kickoffs as well. If he cleans up his FG ball/foot contact that will help him maximize his leg speed and power. His leg speed up and through the football is unmatched in his class!”
But wait, there’s more. Camarda is also rated as the nation’s No. 4 prospect at kicker for this cycle.
He drilled a 55-yard field goal last Friday night against Archer. I haven’t been able to confirm yet if that is a Gwinnett County record.
It was his career long. It looked like he would’ve hit from about 58 yards at that.
Camarda said he’s connected from either 66 or 68 yards before in practice.
I’m just going to end today’s blog there and let that sink in.
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