iDawg says: "Who do we close with? Gaze into your crystal ball for us, bro!"
UGASports: "Right now, that is a tough things to do because there are some coin flips and some dice roles.
"I'd give Georgia the best shot with Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.) defensive lineman Toby Johnson. I know Johnson's teammate at Hutchinson, defensive lineman Ben Bradley told AuburnSports Sunday night that Johnson would follow him to Auburn if he chose the Tigers, but I don't see Johnson ending up anywhere but Athens at this time.
"When it comes to Norcross running back Alvin Kamara and Dooly County defensive lineman Montravius Adams, I see both as coin flips. Some are giving UGA the short end of the stick for both, but I think Georgia is 50/50 for either guy right now with Alabama being the competition for Kamara and Clemson being the same for Adams. Watch out for Tennessee with Kamara and Alabama with Adams, though.
"Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster is more of a roll of the dice at this point because of multiple options. I could see three different teams ending up with him but wouldn't be shocked if a fourth team entered the mix. Some are saying Auburn is out with Foster, but I'm not quite buying that and I think it is a Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn battle right now.
"My projected finish as of today would be the same as the last mock class: Tunsil, Kamara, Adams, and Johnson.
bakermb says: "Anything new on (Gulf Coast Community College; Perkinston, Miss.) safety Kennar Johnson? Do you think he still comes to UGA this summer if he doesn't make it in as an early enrollee?"
UGASports: "Johnson hasn't picked up the phone lately, and we have no new news on him. We just know that he wasn't given paperwork by UGA, and that must mean there is some concern about grades.
"At this time, I'll be as transparent as I can be in my thought process. My gut says that Johnson does not sign with Georgia in February. If everything were good between Johnson and UGA, my opinion is that he would be picking up the phone and letting people know he is good to go at the end of the semester. He is not doing that, so I believe that the longer this thing drags out, the more likely it is that Johnson doesn't sign with Georgia.
"With that said, he is still a commitment until he tells us otherwise, and I still think there is a very good shot he plays football for UGA next fall. Something just doesn't seem right."
GermantownDawg: "Jake, in your opinion, who is the most pivotal uncommitted prospect out there for Georgia?"
: "I would say Tunsil and it isn't that close right now. Georgia needs defensive linemen, but after seeing Tunsil his past week and seeing Adams in the dome, I feel like Tunsil has the "sure thing" element and upside you can't ignore. I don't think Adams is the sure thing that I once thought, but he is still a tremendous talent with the ability to be a top 10 NFL draft pick one day.
"With Tunsil, he already has excellent size and strength to go with the raw tools needed to play offensive tackle like arm length, feet, and athleticism.
"Adams has further to go in his development, and needs to learn to play the game a little lower and with more of a motor. Adams is still right there with Tunsil as UGA's top target, but I think Tunsil is the most important at this time."
TDawg2345: "What/who is the backup plan in case the coaches were to miss on the big time recruits like Adams, Kamara, Tunsil, etc?"
UGASports: "North Gwinnett offensive lineman DeVondre Seymour has been mentioned quite a bit so he is one guy to keep an eye one. Another guy is Brookwood wide receiver Kyrin Priester. Georgia could make a late run at either of those guys.
"Beyond that, I think Georgia is being as secretive as it possibly can about any back-up plans and you won't see much unless they start to feel like they are out on one of their main targets. A late offer would signal that and then we would all know whom they are going after.
"At present, with 29 commitments, Georgia is at, if everyone qualifies, 82 scholarships for 2013. That is counting all early departures for the NFL draft and including Kwame Geathers in that group. It is also counting all walk-on players not having their scholarship renewed. With a number that close to the 85, Georgia could take two or three more, and let the one or two scholarships they didn't use flip to next year, which looks to be a 18 to 20 prospect class right now."
sbadams2 says: "Please breakdown (Booker T Washington; Miami, Fla. linebacker) Matthew Thomas' recruitment...Where does UGA stand, who leads, why, etc..."
"Thomas has long been thought to be a Miami or Florida State lean. Few thought he would leave the state of Florida from the beginning, and it appears that the same thought still prevails.
"Georgia, right now, is in the mix but slightly. Defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos has done a good job staying in contact with Thomas and has convinced him to visit UGA. Thomas' father also likes Georgia a lot and they want to see the campus. Georgia's chances are low because he has never visited Athens and his official will be his first time. The UGA staff has given themselves the best shot possible with that last visit, but I'd be shocked to see them get his commitment. In my opinion, FSU leads because of its excellent relationship with him and the fact that he has seen that campus enough times to get comfortable."
Riodawg asks: "Please give your guestimate of the starting DL next year and what newcomers are being branded as "Trenchers" for UGA? Who is physically the most ready to play and technique wise, who is the most SEC ready to fill in vacancy's in the LB and DB roles?
UGASports: "Right now, I think next year's starting defensive line for Georgia will be Ray Drew and Garrison Smith at the defensive ends and Chris Mayes (Gulf Coast Community College; Perkinston, Miss.), assuming Geathers doesn't return, at nose tackle.
"In regards to newcomers, guys like Mayes and Northgate defensive lineman DeAndre Johnson are big, physical players that take up a lot of space. They have the strength and quickness to penetrate, but they can also move well enough laterally to make an impact once they get into the backfield.
"I think all four of Georgia's commitments at inside linebacker, Ryne Rankin (East River; Orlando, Fla.), Reginald Carter (South Gwinnett), Tim Kimbrough (Warren Central; Indianapolis, Ind.), and Johnny O'Neal (West Laurens), are physically ready to go. I think all of these guys have work to do in regards to technique, but the most sound is Kimbrough.
"I also like the physical makeup of the safeties, Tray Matthews (Newnan), Quincy Mauger (Kell), Shaquille Fluker (East Mississippi Community College; Scooba, Miss.), and Paris Bostick (Plant; Tampa, Fla.). When it comes to technique, Matthews and Fluker will be the most ready with Mauger having a chance to open some eyes this spring.
"At cornerback, Brendan Langley (Kell) is a little raw technique wise but will be ready to play right away physically. Reggie Wilkerson (North Marion; Ocala, Fla.) is a guy that has all the tools, but will also be a tad raw and needs to get stronger. Getting to campus early for Wilkerson is very big."
Uga80332 asks: "How much ground does UGA have to make up to Clemson for Adams and how do they do it? What happens to Foster if (Dee) Liner goes to Bama? Any surprise names that may come up ie-Bellamy or Thomas on the commit list after OV's?"
UGASports: "Right now, I think UGA is on equal footing for Clemson with Adams. If the new defensive line hire, Chris Wilson, can give Georgia any sort of bump, I think Adams ends up in Athens. The one thing Georgia has done is they have, as a staff, gotten close to Adams and his mother. Will Friend, Todd Grantham, and Scott Lakatos have all gotten to know Adams' family and his coaches very well, and that is paying dividends. The big thing they need to do is help Adams fall in love with Athens and the UGA campus. Clemson has done that and it is the reason they have been so big in his recruitment, and Georgia needs to fire that bullet if they haven't already.
"If Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) defensive lineman Dee Liner ends up at Alabama, I honestly thing that Foster would narrow things down to Georgia and Alabama with Georgia being very tough to beat. Alabama is in the mix for Foster, but I see them as a distant third to Auburn and Georgia.
"Right now, I don't see Chamblee defensive lineman Davin Bellamy or Thomas ending up at Georgia. If the Bulldogs make a push for Bellamy, they have a decent shot in my opinion, but with so many great 2014 targets out there, they could decide to hold off to help with guys in next year's class. I don't see UGA landing Thomas, but that final official visit will tell the tale."
UGA03MAIN asks: "Why haven't we gone after Ben Bradley? Out of all of our safety commits, who has the best instincts?"
UGASports: "According to Johnson, who is close friends with Bradley, Georgia likes Bradley a lot but only wanted to take two JUCO defensive linemen. That first spot went to Mayes because of his ability to play three years and his ability to play nose tackle.
"The second went to Johnson who, in my opinion, is the better player of the two. I know where Rivals has them ranked, but I believe Johnson has the ability to be special up front. I think Georgia would have gone after Bradley if Mayes had some trouble getting in, but he is already on campus and ready to go.
"I think Fluker has the best instincts of the safeties. He does an excellent job of taking the correct angles, and covers a ton of ground. Whether he has elite speed or not, you always seem to see him moving before the ball is in the air and that is what allows him to get there as the ball gets there and make big hits.
Bell Ringer asks: "Do you think that NM (Naim Mustafaa) was given an offer conditional on being an EE? And when he didn't get in, it was mutually agreed to part ways? Same goes for Kennar Johnson?"
UGASports: "No, I do not think Alpharetta defensive end Naim Mustafaa was given a conditional offer. I think that in the last couple of months, Mustafaa lost interest in Georgia and it may be because the same interest wasn't being returned. I can't confirm that, and I don't think it happened but it could have.
"With Johnson, I'm going to reserve judgment on that. If he decides to de-commit or doesn't sign in February, I think that is a logical thing to say, but right now, he is still a commitment."
puck07 asks: "I guess I'll ask the obvious... 1) Now that all-star season is over and we're heading into the January/February visits, can we get a quick rundown of the recruiting status on the elites on our board - Tunsil, Montravious, Foster, Kamara, T Johnson?
2) "In that vein, what - if anything - is new on the long shots we've heard about (M Thomas, M Alexander)? Has anyone else emerged after all-star season?
3) "Any more decommit rumblings? We know about Shaq, but at one point, you put a one off out there on R Carter being possible if Foster committed - do you still feel that way? Anyone else?
4) "What's your take who will make the immediate impacts? The Safety position has been brought up many times on the Vault, but who will pull a "Jordan Jenkins" and win a starting position where we otherwise wouldn't expect one to come from the RC?"
UGASports says: 1) "Right now I believe UGA leads for Tunsil and Johnson, and they are 50/50 with Kamara and Adams. Foster is a guy that is tough to put a finger on, but I believe Georgia is in a good position here and is right there with Auburn as the top team.
2) "There is nothing big on Thomas or Immokalee (Immokalee, Fla.) defensive back MacKensie Alexander. Alexander told UGASports at the U.S. Army All-American game that he hasn't decided on whether or not he will visit UGA officially, and Thomas, as we have known for a few weeks now, will visit UGA officially on February 1. I was told, however, that UGA coaches spent a good bit of time with Thomas at the team's hotel lobby in Orlando after the Under Armour game on Friday.
3) "Carter started classes today at UGA so he won't be de-committing unless he transfers. At this point, I see all of Georgia's commitments sticking with Sandy Creek defensive back Shaquille Wiggins being the only one really wavering.
4) "I really like Carter as a guy who can step in and play from day one. He is a very mature kid that will enroll early and take the time to learn to the playbook. He also had an incredible senior season at about 90 percent health due to that ACL tear in his junior season. I also think Matthews and Wilkerson will help early in the defensive backfield as well as Fluker and Kimbrough at safety and linebacker respectively."
tglass55 says: What's the latest on Adams? Been quiet lately. Is UGA going after North Gwinnett's Dante Sawyer?
UGASports: "There hasn't been any real news on Adams lately. He visited Florida after his Under Armour game week, and I'm told that visit went well. I don't think the Gators are up there with Clemson or Georgia, but he does like Florida a lot.
"With Sawyer, I think you could see UGA make a run at him next year, but there are guys that are higher on their board in Georgia. Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter will get an offer in my opinion, and I also expect Eagles Landing Christian Academy defensive end Andrew Williams to get one as some point as well. Georgia also likes Cedar Grove defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams, so those are three guys that I think are higher on the board than Sawyer. He is an excellent talent, however, and with a strong spring showing, Georgia could offer then."
TLMarsh: At what point (if any) do we go after Seymour? Do we have to miss on one or more other OL prospects? If so, how comfortable are we that we can still get Seymour at that point?
UGASports: "I think Georgia would have to miss on Tunsil to go after Seymour. I could be wrong there, but that is the impression I get at this time.
"I also think Georgia could have Seymour when they want him. If they offered him on National Signing Day, I think he would sign then."
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