DrDawg asks: Give an honest opinion on what you know: Do we finish with a bang?
UGASports: "Right now, I believe Georgia will finish strong in this class. In December's edition of the Mock Class, I said that I thought Georgia would finished with Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.) defensive lineman Toby Johnson, Norcross running back Alvin Kamara, Dooly County defensive tackle Montravius Adams, and Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil. I still stand by that and think Georgia has a good chance at Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster as well. If Georgia finishes with three of those players, it is a solid finish and a bang. If they finish with four of those, it is a very strong finish and a big bang. If they get all five, it is an incredible finished and a deafening boom in my opinion."
Goodolegawgaboy asks: If you had to put a percentage on these prospects as of today what would it be? Tunsil, Adams, Foster, Johnson, and Kamara.
UGASports: "It is tough to just put a straight percentage on one team because it doesn't necessarily tell the whole story, so I'll give percentages for UGA and other teams involved. These are the percentages as of right now, and official visits will play a huge role.
Tunsil: Georgia - 60%, Alabama - 40%, FSU - 5% and Ole Miss - 5%
Adams: Georgia - 35%, Clemson - 40%, Florida - 15% and Alabama 10%
Foster: Georgia - 40%, Auburn - 35%, and Alabama - 25%
Johnson: Georga - 95%, Miami - 5%
Kamara: Georgia - 50%, Alabama - 40%, Oregon - 5%
"A few notes on these guys, I think Georgia may trail slightly for Adams at the moment, but the one place he has visited that seems to really turn his head is Georgia. He originally said he wanted to leave the state, but after visiting Georgia a couple of times this spring, the Bulldogs were in the thick of things. Auburn and Clemson had a sizeable lead at the end of the summer, but two visits to UGA during the season put Georgia back in a great spot. If you follow that trend, Georgia is set to make up big ground if they can get an official. Those close to him say that Georgia will "more than likely" get an official visit, and Adams has indicated that he will take "most if not all" of his officials.
"With Foster, things can change on a dime. I think Georgia is in the best shape right now, but Auburn has him in its backyard."
MondayMorningQB asks: Been very impressed with the film on (Hargrave Military Chatham, Va. linebacker) Leonard Floyd - looks like a beast. Is he going to make it into school and do you think he has an impact right away?
UGASports: "Floyd is an impressive player and has put on some great weight since getting to Hargrave. There are still some things to work out at Hargrave to get both enrolled in January, but that should be resolved in the next couple of weeks. At this point, if Floyd comes in early, I think he will get a chance to play a key backup role and special teams at outside linebacker. If Jarvis Jones goes pro like everyone believes he will, then Jordan Jenkins is going to be tough to beat out at the will linebacker position. Then Chase Vasser, who was playing well before he got injured, would also be tough to beat out at the sam linebacker position with his understanding of the system.
"Floyd, however, could give Georgia another talented and athletic body to run out there in situations that play to his strength."
asumnerdawg asks: 'IF' Sandy Creek cornerback Shaquille Wiggins decided to flip, who would UGA pursue to replace him at corner? MA (Montravius Adams) is a pipe dream, no?
UGASports: "First of all, let me start off by saying that I believe UGA holds on to Wiggins. They have done a nice job of putting out fires with him in the past, and he has a number of friends that will be enrolled at Georgia very soon.
"Should Georgia lose him, expect them to turn up the head on Charminade Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.) cornerback Adrian Baker. Baker is set to visit Athens in January, and I'm told by sources close to his recruitment that Georgia really likes the three star cornerback. He is listed as a soft commitment to Florida State, but has taken visits to Clemson and Oklahoma recently, and is definitely keeping his options open.
"Georgia is also working hard on Immokalee (Immokalee, Fla.) cornerback MacKensie Alexander. Alexander was at Dawg Night this summer, and some that were with him on that visit say that he was impressed. Alexander plans on visiting UGA in January, and he is the type of recruit with which anything can happen. Florida and Clemson are probably his top two, but Georgia will have the opportunity to show him the opportunity to play early.
"Garden City (Garden City, Kan.) cornerback Riyahd Jones is another guy to keep an eye on, but, at this point, it is starting to look rather bleak in regards to him getting a Georgia offer. Jones will enroll in January and if Georgia offers, they could have him. The rub, however, is that the UGA staff may not know what is going on with Wiggins until after the New Year.
"Keep an eye out for names emerging in the near future as well.
"As far as Adams goes, I don't think he is a pipe dream at all and Georgia is in good position. Last week, I posted on the Vault that if he only took an official visit to Clemson before he decided, then UGA's chances looked bleak. Adams confirmed that he will take more official visits, and if Georgia gets one, I think the Bulldogs would be tough to beat."
ACS-Dawg asks: Is (West Laurens linebacker) Johnny O'Neal underrated IYO? Everybody talks Rankin and possibly Foster, but rarely Johnny O. Does he play next year?
UGASports: "As far as O'Neal being underrated, I don't believe so. He is a Rivals250 linebacker that will play in the U.S. Army All American bowl next month.
"He doesn't get talked about much for a couple of reasons. First of all, he has been committed to Georgia for so long and secondly, he is extremely quiet. He doesn't do many interviews. He isn't on Twitter. He just doesn't say much to the media or on social media to keep everyone looking at him.
"I do believe he will play and compete for a starting spot next season. He is blue-collar type player that has a great football IQ and loves the game. He also has the talent to go with it."
GermantownDawg asks: Why has Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) linebacker Matthew Thomas' recruitment been so quiet? He scheduled a visit to UGA the weekend before signing day. Why don't we feel we are a true player?
UGASports: "His recruitment has been quiet because he, like O'Neal, doesn't do many interviews. He hasn't taken a ton of visits and just doesn't reach out to the media much.
"With that said, Georgia's chances are slim because he just doesn't have the relationship with Georgia that he has with other schools. I'm sure he knows the coaches well and has talked with them plenty, but he hasn't seen the campus multiple times like he has the other schools. There is also a strong feeling around Thomas that he will stay in the state of Florida."
dogstud asks: Do you if any of the remaining "big" targets grew up with the Bulldogs as their favorite team? Don't know if that usually comes up as you have repeated talks with these guys?
UGASports: "I know Kamara has mentioned watching Georgia a lot, but he never said they were his favorite team. Johnson tells me that he grew up watching Georgia and Miami. I also know that Tunsil has liked Georgia and Florida for quite sometime now.
"I don't believe any of the top targets left on Georgia's board really grew up "UGA fans." They probably liked Georgia, but not to the extent of calling them fans."
dawgbiteu: Of the remaining OVs, who is bringing their mother or guardian with them?
UGASports: "All of them as far as I know. It is extremely rare for a prospect to take an official visit without bringing parents or guardians. As is the case with the recruit, the school pays for the travel and all of the expenses for the parents to attend an official visit, and at least one parent almost always attends."
Zzzzzzbbbbbbhhhhh says: Now that Jeremy Pruitt has left Alabama for FSU, how much will that effect Bama in regards to Laremy Tunsil?
UGASports: "It certainly doesn't help Alabama's chances, but I don't believe it hurts them too badly either. Tunsil has a strong relationship with Pruitt, and now Alabama will have to put a new point man on Tunsil. Pruitt is an elite recruiter who had helped put Alabama in a solid position for Tunsil, and now he will carry that relationship to Florida State to try and help the Seminoles climb into a good position for the five-star tackle.
"I think that Pruitt's presence at FSU could make an impact, but the Seminoles seem to have a long way to go and offensive line coach Rick Trickett has already built possibly the strongest relationship with Tunsil that any one coach can have. Georgia, however, has three coaches that have gotten close with Tunsil and the whole offensive staff has formed a strong relationship with his mother. That is the difference right now."
madddawg mdc asks: do you think we get Jai Miller?
UGASports: "This is an extremely tough question to answer because there is no concrete info on Miller other than the basics. We know he is a 27-year-old former major leaguer who wants to play safety at either Georgia or Alabama. Beyond that, everything is unknown. No one has spoken with Miller or gotten an interview, so this is a situation where not many people know what will happen.
"I will say, however, that whoever gets him, will do their dead level best to keep it out of the media. Since Miller will be a walk-on with the Miami Marlins paying all of his school expenses, neither Georgia nor Alabama will want Miller's presence on their campus to hinder their ability to recruit other players at the position he intends to play.
Electric City Dawg says: How do you think the coaches would honestly rate this class on a basis of who we wanted vs who we got? We always think our guys are the best but did we hit our targets out there so far?
UGASports: "According to my sources at UGA, I believe the coaches are elated with how this recruiting process has gone. There are still some big fish left for the staff, but they feel that they have met most if not all of their needs with the 30 commitments they have.
"The UGA coaches know that a strong finish is crucial, but they feel that they have a strong class already."
Ugadawgs200 says: Athletes are usually at prime at 27 years old. How much of impact do you think Jai Miller can make knowing that he's been out of football for 9 years?
UGASports: "There is little concern about Miller's athleticism. He is already a full grown man and in great shape. He will also have a level of intelligence and maturity to catch on to what UGA or Alabama wants him to do very quickly.
"The concern, however, is whether or not he can play the game as physically as he needs to in the SEC. Having not played football in nine years, you have to wonder whether or not he has the ability to take on blocks, beat blocks, tackle in space, break on the ball, cover, or lay the big hit when needed. There are a lot of questions but with a world-class athlete that won't count against your scholarship total, it is a low risk/high reward type situation."
Dawsfan1973 asks: Do you see an out-of-the-blue-kid on Signing Day? Every so often there seems to be someone that comes out of nowhere. I keep wondering if there is a back burner or silent guy on UGA's list. There seems to be a number of kids with UGA still on their list that we do not talk about i.e. Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.) wide receiver Stacy Coley or South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) safety Antonio Conner.
UGASports: "At this time, I don't see any surprises on the horizon, but I guess that is why they are called surprises.
"As for Coley and Conner, I haven't heard much about Georgia being that involved with Coley. I know he visited for Dawg Night but I'm not sure that UGA is recruiting him that hard right now. We will check on that.
"With Conner, he hasn't mentioned UGA until recently, and while he will take an official visit, Ole Miss is the team to beat there. Georgia currently has five safeties committed with three set to enroll early, so there is some question as to whether or not UGA could take him regardless."
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