There is no official data for this sort of thing, but UGA assistant coach Bryan McClendon must be closing in on a program record for most receivers offered in a recruiting cycle. McClendon serves as both the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at UGA.
UGA has accepted commitments from five receivers for the Class of 2016 up to this point, including one 6-foot-4 receiver from the junior college ranks. McClendon’s latest offer is a hope to duplicate that feat with another junior college receiver from Texas.
Trinity Valley Community College head coach Brad Smiley told DawgNation he believes UGA has offered 6-foot-4 receiver Derrick Willies from his program. Willies is currently committed to Texas Tech. He said Willies told his offensive coordinator he has received an offer from UGA.
Smiley said he believes the offer went out this week.
“They’ve been talking to us about him for a while,” Smiley said. “They have called and gotten film and transcripts. They’ve done their due diligence, without question. They’ve asked a bunch of questions and researched it. I guess they’ve decided that they need to find a big outside guy and a playmaker. He’s a heck of a player.”
UGA is also very high on the board for three more recruiting options from the high school ranks at receiver. UGA could get a commitment from Virginia speedster Grant Holloway on Thursday. Kyle Davis, a 5-star receiver out of Archer High in Atlanta, is another receiver that has narrowed his choices down to UGA, Auburn and Tennessee. Florida resident Tre’ Nixon, another 4-star with elite speed, also has UGA high on his list.
This latest offer drops a hint that UGA’s position might change with one of those five commitments at receiver. It can also mean UGA does not expect to go 3-for-3 with commitments from Davis, Holloway and Nixon.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is an interesting story. Willies signed with Iowa out of high school and redshirted. He played his redshirt freshman year and Smiley said that he then wanted to make a change. Willies transferred to Trinity Valley and had an outstanding sophomore season. He’s a mid-year graduate and will sign with his favored school next month. He’ll report to his next team in January.
Smiley believes Willies might have used up at least four of his five official visits. He recalled he’s been to Cal, Oklahoma, TCU and Vanderbilt.
The California native put up some gaudy numbers in 2015. He caught 49 passes for 1,155 yards in 10 games. He averaged 23.6 yards per catch and caught 14 touchdown passes. That a ratio of one touchdown catch per every 3.5 receptions.
“He’s a big-time playmaker who has the size and speed that everyone is looking for,” Smiley said, who compared him to Dominique Reed at Arkansas.
Smiley expects Willies to be near the end of his recruiting cycle. He said Willies is a 4.0 student at Trinity and that he also carried a 3.5 grade-point average at Iowa.
“He takes care of business in the classroom and he’s a grown man,” Smiley said.
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.