DawgNation.com celebrated its one month birthday on Tuesday doing what it knows best: working. Not working the bartender for shots or anything like that, but working the keyboards to please Bulldogs fans with free UGA content.
Sept. 1 was a big day for 2017 recruits as that was the first official day that they could receive direct messages on Twitter. On Tuesday, Mark Richt followed 18 class of 2017 prospects, including UGA commits Deejay Dallas and Devonta Smith, along with 5-star DeAngelo Gibbs and 5-star linebacker Nate McBride. I’m sure those guys received personal messages from Richt at some point on Tuesday. You can view Richt’s recent follows right here.
Let’s get to today’s news.
1. Jim Harbaugh is trying to steal away a UGA commit
UGA commit Charlie Woerner is about as old school as it gets. He doesn’t have any social media accounts. What teenager doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account!? Charlie Woerner may be the only one in the country.
Perhaps that’s the reason why Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sent 20 personal letters to Woerner to get him to commit to the Wolverines. I mean, who actually writes letters anymore? I guess that’s what happens when you can’t DM someone.
Harbaugh went so far with his recruiting pitch to Woerner that he even wrote a letter to his girlfriend. Talk about Mr. Steal Yo’ Girl.
The former San Francisco 49ers coach also is recruiting these UGA targets: 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta and 5-star athlete Mecole Hardman Jr.
2. Who’s next to commit to UGA?
The AJC and DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell put together this helpful list that tracks who may be the next to commit to the G.
UGA is hoping to bat 1.000 this Friday as both 5-star defensive end Marlon Davidson and 4-star running back Elijah Holyfield are announcing their commitments.
Davidson is expected to choose Auburn as his brother played for the Tigers and now serves as an analyst for the program. With that said, his brother also played for UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, so there is a connection with the Bulldogs. UGA is a longshot, but it could make a strong push for him until National Signing Day.
Elijah Holyfield is a different story. It’s a two-team race for UGA’s main target at running back. According to sources, his PUBLIC decision will come down to UGA and Alabama. If you read DawgNation’s story on Monday, you would know that he has already committed to a school already. That brings me to my next point…
3. Prediction for Holyfield’s destination
DawgNation recently launched a podcast titled DawgNation Daily. What’s a better way to catch up with all of your UGA news than by firing up your iPhone or Android on your way home from work and listening to the ONLY daily UGA podcast in the business?
Well, I was a guest on our second episode of DawgNation Daily and I gave my educated guess on where Holyfield will choose on Friday and why I would be shocked if he ended up anywhere but this school.
4. A true sign of great recruiting from UGA
Do you want to know how well of a job UGA recruited this past year? Let’s take a look at the depth chart for this weekend’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
Nine true freshmen are listed on UGA’s two-deep depth chart. Only one of them, cornerback Rico McGraw, is slotted to start. Six of those freshmen listed are on defense, so they should get lots of snaps even though they are not starting.
When kids think about where they want to commit to, playing time is ALWAYS a factor for their decision. Seeing nine true freshmen get lots of playing time should put a smile on future recruits’ faces this Saturday.
5. UGA has momentum with top recruit
Christian Tutt is one of the nation’s best class of 2018 prospects. The Thomson cornerback told 247Sports.com’s Kipp Adams that UGA will always be near the top of his list.
Tutt’s uncle is former Bulldogs linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler, and that’s playing a big role in his future decision. The nation’s No. 1 cornerback for 2018 said he used to visit all the time and will be in attendance for the Alabama game on Oct. 3.
6. UGA target receives special honor
Tutt may be the best cornerback in the country in 2018, but Lassiter’s Derrik Allen isn’t far behind.
Allen told DawgNation on Tuesday night that he received an invite to play in the 2016 Rising Seniors game in Georgia, which honors some of the top players in the state.
Shout out to 2018 DB Derrik Allen for getting invited to the 2016 Rising Seniors game. He is going to be a star. pic.twitter.com/MJX8ukeGXF
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisK_AJC) September 2, 2015
Having seen Allen play in person, it’s not a surprise that UGA has already offered him. His cover skills are already at a high level and he’s only going to get better.
Bulldogs fans should come acquainted with his name now.
That’s all for today’s rewind. We’re three days away from the season opener. Hopefully President Obama does the right thing and makes it a national holiday before kickoff on Saturday.