- Monday, 16 December 2013 10:26
- Author: Trent Smallwood
Bulldogs Coaching Staff Busy on Sunday
Richt and company spent all day Sunday making last minute in-home visits before the dead period started today. First thing yesterday afternoon, the coaching staff flew out to Auburn, Alabama to have an in-home visit with Rashaan Evans. As of right now, I still believe the Bulldogs trail Auburn for the talented LB, but if UGA can get past the dead period without Evans committing to anyone, they still have their official visit available to use in late January. Grantham has made Evans a priority in this class and his in-home visit on Sunday showed that he is still hard after him.
After visiting Auburn, Grantham flew back to Gwinnett County to make an in-home visit with Lorenzo Carter. I have confirmed that both Coach McClendon and Todd Grantham were at Carter house and there could of been a few more coaches also. I sent a text last night to someone close to the situation and he told me what he has been telling me for the past 3-4 months: “Georgia is still the team to beat for Carter and I do not see him signing anywhere else besides with UGA at this point.” Carter would be a huge get for the Bulldogs in this class. His athleticism and length at OLB would be a nightmare for opposing coaches.
To finish off the night, Coach Mark Richt and John Lilly flew to Charlotte, NC to make an in-home visit with TE commit Jeb Blazevich. Blazevich is definitely solid to the Bulldogs, and he is one of the commits that have a chance to come in and compete for a spot early on. With next year’s starting tight end Jay Rome dealing with injury issues throughout his career, and current starter Arthur Lynch graduating, Blazevich has a chance to come in and be that number 2 TE. Blazevich was excited about the coaching staff visiting him on Sunday Evening: “The visit went great, I always like seeing coach Lilly and coach Richt.”
Blazevich also did not realize where all the staff had been throughout the day, but did admit that the coaches looked worn out: “I didn’t know where else they’ve gone. They’d never admit it but they looked worn down, they’re working hard.” The coaching staff have been on the road hard at it for the last 2-3 weeks and have hardly had time to sit down, but now for the next month they can concentrate solely on sending these seniors out with a win against Nebraska.
2015 TE Chris Clark Talks Bulldogs Offer
Last Thursday evening, Chris Clark got a call from Coach Mark Richt letting him know that the Bulldogs wanted to offer him a scholarship. The 6’6 245 TE was excited when he was told the good news: “Coach Richt gave me the offer and my interest is very high in the school. I am excited to visit Georgia.” Clark is from Avon, CT but let me know that he had no connections or family down in the south but thought he would be visiting soon.
“I don’t really have any connections to Georgia or any school down south and I think some time in February I will going down to see the school.” With Athens, GA being so far away from home, Clark claims that location would not be a deciding factor in his decision. “Location is not really a big deal for me I just wanna play at a school where I can compete at the highest level possible.”
The Bulldogs have already sent out offers to 4 TE’s for the 2015 class and have made the position a huge priority for the 2015 class.
Will Missouri WR Commit Visit Bulldogs?
On Sunday Night, Bulldawg Illustrated was able to talk with Missouri WR Commit Nate Brown about his recruiting process. The 6’3 215 WR from North Gwinnett High has really burst onto the scene in 2014. Brown committed to Missouri on September 17th and has not wavered on that commitment one time, but when the Georgia Bulldogs offered him a scholarship on November 16th, the thought of playing close to home really was appealing.
There has been rumors swirling that Brown was really considering the Bulldogs, but as of right now he tells us that he is still firm to Missouri. The dead period will last from today until January 15th, so the Bulldogs will have 2 weeks when the dead period ends to get an official visit from Brown. As of right now, Brown admits that he only has plans for 1 official visit in January. “I’ll have to talk with Coach about a visit to UGA but as of now my only official i plan on taking is to Mizzou.”
Look for the Bulldogs to make one final push for Brown in January.
4-Star Defensive Lineman to Announce at Army All-American Game
Elisha Shaw did not play a snap in the 2013 season due to a neck injury that occurred during the preseason. Before the injury occurred, Shaw was the top ranked defensive lineman in the state of Georgia and was a must get for the Bulldogs for the 2014 class. Since the injury occurred, Shaw has put the recruiting process on hold and has been working hard to get back on the field. In November, he was back in the weight room lifting with his teammates, but as of today Shaw still has not been cleared to get back on the field.
With his announcement coming in two weeks, there is 4 teams sticking out for Shaw and those are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Ole Miss. With Alabama being close to full, it looks like they will not be the team that Shaw picks unless he agrees to grayshirt before announcing. Ole Miss and Georgia have been the other two favorites with Auburn on the outside looking in. Shaw has made numerous trips to Athens this past fall with Tucker teammates and UGA commit Detric Dukes.
Dukes talked a little bit Sunday night about the upcoming decision for Shaw. “I feel real good bout Shaw being a DAWG, but you never know.” Whichever team Shaw decides on, he will have to be medically cleared by and will likely be looking at a redshirt year in 2014 to get his body back into playing shape.
Bulldogs Sending Out the Offers
At this point last year, the Bulldogs coaching staff had offered less than 30 prospects for the 2014 class. As it stands right now, they have sent out right at 50 for the 2015 class. Here is a look at the targets who have recently received Bulldog offers:
12/16: Tyrek Cole: 2015 DB from FL offered by UGA
12/13: Justin Hilliard: 2015 LB from OH offered by UGA
12/13: E.J. Price: 2016 OT from Central Gwinnett offered by UGA
12/12: Chris Clark: 2015 TE from CT offered by UGA
12/12: Jordan Fox: 2015 LB from NJ offered by UGA
12/12: Minkah Fitzpatrick: 2015 DB from NJ offered by UGA
12/12: Mark Fields: 2015 DB from NC offered by UGA
12/10: Chris Warren: 2015 RB from TX offered by UGA