August 22, 2012

Mock class update

With less than two weeks before the start of the 2012 college football season, Georgia already has 28 commitments for the 2013 class, and that isn't even the shocker.

What is more unbelievable is that the Bulldog coaching staff may looking to sign as many as eight more prospects to push that number to 36 commitments by National Signing Day.

In last month's edition of the UGASports Mock Class, there were two players we predicted UGA would sign that have now committed else where in Jackson defensive lineman Jay Woods, who committed to Vanderbilt, and Kell defensive back Brendan Langley, who committed to South Carolina.

Although we missed on those two, there are four other prospects that were in July's mock class that are now committed to the Bulldogs in East Mississippi Community College (Scooba, Miss.) safety Shaquille Fluker, Plant (Tampa, Fla.) safety Paris Bostick, Thomson tight end Jordan Davis, and Georgia Military offensive lineman Trenton Brown.

At this point, we expect the Bulldogs to bring in seven more prospects and here is how we see it going down.


• RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross) - Georgia has a decent lead for Kamara at this time but Alabama remains in the hunt. Florida State is a dark horse for the Norcross playmaker, but the Bulldogs are the clear favorite at this time. Sources have told UGASports that Kamara has been doing "a little recruiting" for UGA in the last couple of months, and the Georgia backfield is still full of opportunity for the four star running back.

• WR Jonathan Rumph (Holmes Community College; Goodman, Miss.) - If you would have asked us about Rumph two weeks after the last mock class, we would have told you that Mississippi State even with Georgia a top the JUCO standout's list. Now that Mississippi State's wide receivers coach, Angelo Mirdano, has unexpectedly resigned for personal reasons, we are told that UGA has the lead. It also appears as if the Bulldogs have made Rumph as big time priority in this class.

• RB Greg Bryant (American Heritage; Plantation, Fla.) - Since Bryant decommitted from Oklahoma, the team that been said to be his favorite is Auburn. That may have been true in the beginning, but according to those close to Bryant, Georgia has significantly turned up the head and significantly closed the gap. Combine that with the fact that Auburn is now the favorite for Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) running back Derrick Green, and we predict Bryant ends up in Athens at this time.

• OT Laremy Tunsil (Columbia; Lake City, Fla) - Georgia has been the leader for a while now and nothing has changed. The Bulldogs have gone all out for the top offensive lineman in the country, and Tunsil has built a rock solid relationship with the Georgia staff. Alabama is thought to be the second place team with Florida in third, but the fact that the five star lineman made sure to include UGA in his official visits is great news for Georgia fans.

Offensive Notes:

It appears that there is little to no chance of Georgia taking a commitment from North Gwinnett offensive lineman DeVondre Seymour at this time. The three star lineman has been injured through fall camp and there is serious questions about if and when he will return to the field this fall.

The Bulldogs are a major player for Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) wide receiver Marquez North at this time, but seeing as how he is not really taking an interest in his recruitment at this time, it would be irresponsible to place him in a mock class. The four star receiver is said to be one of Georgia's top targets, and his recruitment could go well past signing day at this rate.

Boon (Orlando, Fla.) running back A.J. Turman and Walton running back Tyren Jones are two other names that could fill that second running back spot in this class. Bryant is currently the guy we believe UGA will land, but Turman and Jones are also possibilities. Especially if they make official visits to Athens this fall.


• DL Kelsey Griffin (Mill Creek) - Georgia and South Carolina are Griffin's top two, and while there have been reports of South Carolina drawing even with the Bulldogs, Griffin told UGASports last week that Georgia still has the lead. Those close to the four star defender believe that Griffin could announce sometime in September and Georgia is the clear team to beat.

• DL Toby Johnson (Hutchinson Community College; Hutchinson, Kan.) - Johnson has told UGASports on multiple occasions that he plans on making UGA his final official visit before he decides. With that said, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Tennessee are recruiting the four star JUCO very hard, and Georgia will have to fight them off. In the end, we feel that Johnson's relationship with UGA defensive line coach Rodney Garner and the star JUCO's desire to get back to the state of Georgia will win out.

• DL Montravius Adams (Dooly County) - At this point, this selection would qualify as an upset pick. Adams was not in last months mock class, but makes his debut in August based on info gathered from the five star defenders camp. Auburn has long been thought to be the team to beat for Adams, and the Auburn staff is quite confident that he ends up on The Plains. At this time, however, contacts close to Adams have told UGASports that UGA is recruiting Adams the hardest, and that he has a great relationship with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Grantham has taken the lead in Adams' recruitment, and while Auburn is still in great position to land Adams, Georgia has put themselves in a similar situation in the last few weeks. Clemson and Alabama are in this race as well, but Georgia and Auburn are the top two, and we predict that the pro UGA environment in Vienna plus the recruiting efforts of Grantham had a great shot of winning out.

Defensive Notes

The one position to look out for on the defensive side of the ball is cornerback. Should UGA decide they want one more, expect the Bulldogs to send out a new offer to bring in such a player. Guys like Our Lady of Mercy cornerback Reshard Fant, McNair cornerback Mike Minter, and Flowery Branch cornerback Noel Padmore are all possibilities.

If the Bulldogs miss on any of the three defensive linemen listed above, they may go after Woods like they did Josh Dawson in the 2012 class. Dawson was committed to Vanderbilt, but the Bulldogs made a strong push in the final months leading up to signing day and landed the Tucker standout on signing day.

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