I received some personal bad news less than three weeks into the college football season and only one week into the NFL season.
My fantasy football team was slaughtered and to boot, my first-round pick, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, has a broken foot and will miss around six weeks.
Thankfully for Bulldogs fans, the UGA recruiting rewind never provides bad news. It’s full of good news and some special news for a high school sophomore.
1. UGA extends offer to running back
DawgNation.com learned on Monday that UGA extended an offer to 2018 running back Lyn-J Dixon.
Dixon, a 4-star prospect from Taylor County, only has one other offer — and that’s from Tennessee.
The 5-foot-10, 177-pounder was in attendance at UGA’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
The sophomore rushed for 1,301 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman.
2. UGA commit plans official visits to three other schools
Last month, Chad Clay told DawgNation that he was “90-percent committed” to UGA. Now, the Peachtree Ridge cornerback is saying that the only thing holding him back from signing financial aid papers with UGA is three official visits to schools not located in Athens.
The son of former Georgia Tech All-American Willie “Big Play” Clay will take officials to Oklahoma, LSU and Mississippi State.
Interesting note about Oklahoma, Clay made these comments at the time he said he wasn’t 100-percent to UGA:
“(Oklahoma) plays in the Big 12,” Clay said. “If you’re going to test how good of a defensive back you are, you’re going to go to the Big 12 because they throw it a lot out there.”
If Clay decides to reopen his recruitment for some reason, look for Oklahoma to get a serious look from him.
3. Another tight end favors UGA
UGA already has a commit at tight end: Garrett Walston of Wilmington, N.C.
The Bulldogs could potentially land another tight end in January when 5-star Isaac Nauta announces his commitment at the Army All-American game.
If the latter were to choose UGA, the Bulldogs would have the best tight end class in the country, and it wouldn’t even be close.
But that’s not stopping Jacob Mathis from considering joining UGA.
Mathis, a 4-star tight end from Tampa, told DawgNation that UGA remains high on his list. He will take an official visit to the school later in the season.
Is it really possible that UGA signs three tight ends this year? I doubt it; but if that were to happen, man, UGA tight ends coach John Lilly would be the happiest coach in Athens.
4. Florida Gators commit to visit UGA
Chauncey Gardner solidified his official visit to UGA this weekend once more on Tuesday.
Gardner, a 4-star safety from Cocoa, Fla., told the AJC in a recent interview that anything can happen as far as his recruitment is concerned.
UGA coaches would sure love to flip him, but right now, it seems like a longshot. Gardner is pretty solid with Florida.
5. South Carolina’s biggest recruiting failure
Steve Spurrier recently admitted to missing on some recruits.
But his biggest failure in recruiting has just emerged.
UGA running back Nick Chubb told reporters on Tuesday that South Carolina was in the mix when he was thinking about choosing a school to play college football for.
The elite running back took two visits to Columbia to see South Carolina, and on both visits, Spurrier was nowhere to be found. That’s because he wasn’t on campus. On one of those visits for Chubb, Spurrier was at his alma mater, the University of Florida, to accept the “Great Floridian” award.
So Spurrier missed out on potentially a program-changer to accept the “Great Floridian” award from Gov. Rick Perry.
Kentucky snapped its 22-game road losing streak this past weekend against South Carolina. There’s really no additional comment needed as to where USC stands right now.