Bulldawg Illustrated NSD14 Recap

Zo Carter


The fax machines were pulled out of the closet and dusted off for this one special day, National Signing Day. For some it is blown out of proportion, for others its Christmas in February. Regardless of where you may fall in that spectrum, if you even remotely care about UGA, your attention should be on what happened throughout the day Wednesday. Here is all you need to know about what went down.


Early Morning Surprises
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UGA jumped out in front for American Heritage running back Sony Michel very early in the process. Michel committed to the G on national television and stuck with his commitment the whole way through. Sony was not the only talented player on American Heritage’s roster. In fact the state championship squad was full of explosive athletes to compliment Michel including WR Isaiah McKenzie. Isaiah has been tormenting opposing defenses in Broward County for years, which led to a commitment to Notre Dame to only decommit shortly after. Late in the recruiting process McKenzie earned an offer from the University of Georgia. Isaiah eventually committed to the Dawgs early Wednesday morning along with Michel at their high school sealing the deal for Mark Richt and company to pull a robbery in the 11th hour. Expect McKenzie to possibly be returning punts from Day 1. Coach Bobo compared him to South Carolina’s Ace Sanders.

Another surprise many did not see coming was the addition of tight end Hunter Atkinson. Atkinson looks like goliath on the gridiron and played at West Hall high school. Hunter originally committed to Cincinnati but received an offer from the Dawgs Tuesday night and switched his commitment on Wednesday morning. UGA said all along they were only taking one TE in this recruiting cycle leading most everyone to believe that Atkinson will transition to Coach Friend and the Offensive Line. Expect a redshirt for Hunter but lookout; his potential is through the roof.

 

18 for 18:

It wouldn’t be a signing day in Athens without someone holding his or her breath until every expected letter of intent came through on the fax machine. It seems like every year we have at least one unexpected flip leaving the red and black spurned. Not this year. Kendall Gant mutually parted ways with the Dawgs a few days leading up to NSD leaving many wondering if he would be the only one? Well, Coach Richt and company sternly slammed the door shut on any futile attempts from opposing teams to rob his recruiting class. Every one of the recruits that had verbalized a commitment to UGA as of Wednesday morning faxed in a letter of intent to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

 

Icing on the Cake:

At around 3:40 p.m. many UGA faithful tuned their televisions, dialed up their radios, or streamed live the announcement ceremony of Lorenzo Carter. Many expected Lorenzo to commit to UGA but as most in recruiting know, expect the unexpected. To much of Dawg Nation’s delight, Carter dawned a ball cap with the Power G logo on it and faxed in his letter of intent. With the signing of Carter, UGA topped off the already stellar class with the number one player in the state of Georgia and a consensus top 15 player nationally. Carter brings about freakish athleticism and will be a pain in opposing offensive coordinator’s sides for many years to come.

 

Any Bad?:

I’m grasping for straws here but the only real downer came when Andrew Williams committed to Auburn over UGA a little after lunch. Auburn was the leader for Williams for a large majority of his recruitment. UGA made a late push and was actually very close to gaining a commitment from Andrew. At the end of the day, the relationship that Williams had built with Malzahn and company proved to be too much to overcome. With most expecting Williams to commit to Auburn it did not leave too many Dawg fans heartbroken.

Overall I would have to declare UGA’s national signing day a success. We had a few good surprises (for once) with the addition of McKenzie and Atkinson. We landed the number one player in the state and were able to keep every one of our verbal commitments. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s officially acceptable to be excited about what is going on with this team in the Classic City.

 

As always,

GO DAWGS!!!

19 comments
JessCapel
JessCapel

I would give Atkinson a good look at TE...pretty sure I saw where he runs a 4.6...not bad for a big ole moose like him...be a heck of a mismatch for some poor LBer

christytucker1984
christytucker1984

amazinggg :) cant wait to see what our boys are gonna do this year :) GO DAWGS!!! another great article written by my brother. great job bud :) love ya!!

Lurchie15
Lurchie15

@Zach_Ramsay Although I'm far from a Georgia fan, that was a great write up. Keep it up bud!

DawgByte
DawgByte

Great write-up. It would be interesting to break this class up by position and then assign a Grade. 


Overall I'd grade this class a B+. Some areas (ex. Running Back) were outstanding, while others were Average-to-Very Good. One thing missing from the above synopsis was the fact we whiffed on a stellar OT, more particularly a LT. I'm concerned about the future of our OL, based on the last two classes. 


Speaking of... what's the status on Devondre Seymour?

pmaharry
pmaharry

@Zach_Ramsay and I know it would be based on speculation but me and my roommate make one wanna see how ours differ between y'all's haha

pmaharry
pmaharry

@Zach_Ramsay great article Zach. Kept me entertained from start to finish. You should do a two deep roster if y'all get the chance.

RxDawg
RxDawg

Sounds great!   After the outright lies from some recruits, and leading on etc from years prior, I made the decision to follow recruiting very loosely and from afar.  Heck I didn't even know it was signing day until about 2pm yesterday lol.   But it looks like Richt and company once again sealed a good group of young dawgs.   Welcome aboard boys!

66DAWGnNC
66DAWGnNC

Great write-up Zach; I couldn't have expressed it better. I mentioned on the thread yesterday that this was the first time I could remember that we did not have at least one UGA commitment sign elsewhere. Someone responded that technically Gant de-committed. I didn't take time to respond back, but from my understanding, KG didn't have the grades and was offered an alternative path to UGA, but chose to go elsewhere. While BAW and AW got our hopes up for a few days, they did what I felt deep down they would do. The saddest part of that to me is the previous regime did not even pursue these guys that hard. I saw the same thing last year with some highly rated D recruits. Pruitt and staff did a heck of a job with them in just a few weeks. I can't wait to see what transpires with a full recruiting season ahead of this new D staff. Extremely glad to get LC and would have been shocked if he left us at the altar. IM and HA were totally unexpected but appear to be solid players who should contribute down the road. As far as being excited, I stay excited about them DAWGS. I have been saying this for the last couple of years; there is a new atmosphere in the Classic City and I believe the best is yet to come. Go DAWGS!

OconeeDawg706
OconeeDawg706

I believe it was a huge success. We've got some damn good players. Keeping Michel is beyond huge. Miami is getting off probation and he could of went there and automatically be given PT. Yet he stuck with UGA while we have the best Tb in the nation with Keith Marshall,Turman,Chubb and not to mention JJ green and BD.

I see Pruitt putting Lo in positions to succeed. I also feel Keyon Brown is vastly under rated. This class is much better than last year IMO.

Junkyardawg41
Junkyardawg41

I am always disappointed with our lineman haul... But, I have a lot of confidence in CWF... And great running backs help olineman overcome.. So I will be patient again this next year. Beard leaving will hurt more than I care to admit.

Zach_Ramsay
Zach_Ramsay

@pmaharry I'll talk to Trent and see if we can't get something going! I appreciate the feedback Paul!

Zach Ramsay
Zach Ramsay

Agree 100% we were behind the 8 ball when the coaching staff turned over but finished well! Thanks for commenting

Zach Ramsay
Zach Ramsay

No doubt! There is reason for excitement on Athens

DawgByte
DawgByte

@rugbydawg79 @DawgByte  


rugbydawg - Yesterday I just got back from Dublin Ireland where I saw Ireland take on Scotland in the 6 Nations Tour.  The first half was a little sluggish on both sides, but Ireland dominated in the second half and came away with a 28-6 victory, which made me happy. 


FWIW, the team from Wales is scary big. I've never seen a bigger/stronger rugby team across the board. I played rugby back in the 70's... today's rugby players are a whole new ball game... bigger, faster, stronger. I hope in my lifetime I can see a competitive American team.

rugbydawg79
rugbydawg79

@DawgByte @rugbydawg79 I have always been a fan of the Welsh such power from such a small country---USA Eagles play Uruguay march 29th in Kennesaw--  also UGA plays UF this Saturday in Athens----Man I know you had fun on that trip !  EC Dawg is doing a great job promoting Rugby