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Buford linebacker Korie Rogers' commitment to Clemson on Wednesday was surprising. It wasn't so much of a shock that he picked Clemson although many believed UGA had the edge. It was surprising because of the timing.
According to those close to Rogers, the four-star linebacker made unannounced trips to UGA and Clemson to walk around campus, and decided that Death Valley was the place he wanted to be. At that point, he made the Wednesday visit to Clemson to make sure and let the coaches and public know his decision before leaving.
Make no mistake, this is a loss that stings for Georgia, but lets take a look at some of the other options at inside linebacker now that Rogers is off the board.
1. Demarquis Gates (Lovejoy) - Georgia was the first school to start recruiting Gates, and it looked as if he would get an offer following a junior day in Athens back in February. Gates was impressive at the U.S. Army All American Combine in San Antonio in January, and that is why he is a Rivals250 prospect. He is currently committed to Ole Miss, but he lives with his uncle, Leon Dillard, who signed with UGA in 1991 and played defensive back for the Bulldogs. According to Dillard and other sources close to Gates, if UGA offered, he would give a strong look.
2. Kevin Mouhon (Norcoss) - Mouhon has an impressive offer list and is a Rivals250 prospect. He isn't as good in space as a guy like Gates or Rogers, but he is a physical downhill thumper that plays the run well. Mouhon is a lot like 2013 UGA signee Reggie Carter in that he is a converted defensive end that had a big season in 2012. Mouhon's teammate and good friend, Lorenzo Carter, is a huge target for Georgia in this class as well. If the Bulldogs offered Mouhon, it certainly wouldn't hurt with Carter.
3. Detric Dukes (Tucker) - Dukes is a lot like Mouhon in a number of ways. First of all, he is also a converted defensive end that had a great season in 2012 and also had a huge spring according to his coaches. Dukes also has a teammate, Elisha Shaw, that UGA is going hard after. Dukes appears to be a better overall athlete than Mouhon and has excellent instincts and is very physical.
4. Keep an eye on emerging out of state targets at inside linebackers. It doesn't look as if Georgia is in strong shape with any out of state prospects that project at inside linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 scheme right now, but that doesn't mean that the coaching staff won't target some in the near future.
5. It seems unlikely at this time, but Georgia could decide to play out the string with Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan and Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) linebacker Rashaan Evans and stand pat at linebacker if is misses on both. McMillan has Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, and maybe even Florida ahead of Georgia and Evans will likely end up playing his college ball on The Plains. After bringing in at least five and possibly six prospects in the 2013 class that project at inside linebacker, the UGA coaches could hold tight and go after 2015 guys. Only time will tell.
Chubb to decide soon
There isn't much to report on Cedartown running back Nick Chubb other than the fact that he is at South Carolina today and will make his decision soon.
According to those close to him, Georgia has the clear edge mainly because Chubb's decision is going to come down to, "things outside of football." Chubb and those close to him feel comfortable at Georgia and have built a strong bond with UGA coaches.
Now South Carolina could make a big move on his Thursday visit and it could change things all together. That isn't out of the realm of possibility as we were reminded with Rogers. Things can change at the drop of a hat in recruiting.
Sims and UGA
When news came down on Tuesday that Josh Harvey-Clemons would be suspended for the first game of the season due to a violation of team rules stemming from a marijuana related incident, many wondered if his first cousin, UGA target, and Lowndes offensive lineman Dyshon Sims would be affected by the situation.
After trading texts with Sims on Wednesday and speaking with those close to him, his mother isn't happy about the situation, but it won't have an effect on his recruitment. Sims told UGASports that Georgia is still his top school and many close to him feel that the Bulldogs are set to get a commitment from Sims once he visits later this month with his mother.
Top wide receivers to visit
Rivals.com Southeast Recruiting Analyst Woody Wommack reported to the UGASports Vault on Wednesday that Station Camp (Gallatin, Tenn.) wide receiver Josh Malone will be visiting UGA on June 1.
According to a source close to Malone, who was offered by UGA recently, this is a significant development in favor of UGA that the Rivals100 prospect is visiting Athens so soon after the Bulldogs offered. According to that same source, Malone has always "liked Georgia" because of the vertical passing game the Bulldogs employ.
Another top receiver, Cameron Sims (Ouachita Parish; Monroe, La.) told UGASports on Wednesday that he plans to visit Georgia on June 8. One evaluator told us recently that Sims is a "thicker version of A.J. Green." Now Sims seems less interested in UGA than Malone at this point, but a visit to the Classic City could change things in his recruitment as well.
June will be big
In addition to getting the two big time receivers and the South Georgia lineman on campus in June, there are a number of other key targets that plan on being in Athens next month.
- Locust Grove defensive back Cortez McDowell says he will visit UGA a couple of times next month with the first trip coming on June 6 for a 7on7 event. McDowell told UGASports that he will treat that trip as a visit and spend some time with coaches.
- Walton defensive back D.J. Smith says he will be at UGA at least once in June, but is unsure of a date as of now.
- Brooks County defensive back Malkom Parrish will be at Georgia Tech on June 7 for a prospect picnic and at UGA on June 8 for the Mark Richt Mini Camp where his head coach, Maurice Freeman, will be working the camp. He is expected to stay in Athens until later that afternoon.
- Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) defensive back Kendall Randolph told UGASports that he plans to be in Athens "in the next couple of weeks." Randolph says that UGA and Florida State are the two schools standing out the most right now.
- A couple of out-of-state pass rushers have also informed UGASports of their plans to visit UGA in June. Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) linebacker Christian Miller says he will visit Georgia "in the first couple of weeks of June," and Hardee (Wauchula, Fla.) defensive end Keyon Brown intends to visit "sometime in June" as well.
- A trio of top defensive lineman on UGA's board have also stated plans to be in Athens soon. Georgia Military defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert says that he will visit UGA on June 8 for the Mark Richt Mini Camp. A pair of Tarheel State targets, Kentavious Street (Rose; Greenville, N.C.) and Lamont Gaillard Pine Forest (Fayetteville, N.C.) each have told UGASports recently that they plan to visit Athens with their mothers.
- Garden City (Garden City, Kan.) offensive tackle Dontavius Blair told UGASports on Monday that he will "definitely" visit Georgia in June.
- Georgia will also host a couple of talented 2015 West Coast quarterback prospects in Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure; (Ventura, Calif.) and Kyle Kearns (Foothill; Pleasanton, Calif.) on June 14 and June 15 respectively.
Stay tuned to UGASports.com for all visitors in June and beyond.