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Huck’s Recruiting Thoughts and Reflections

D'Antne Demery greeted by Kirby Smart prior to Kirby Smart Camp in Athens
D’Antne Demery greeted by Kirby Smart prior to Kirby Smart Camp in Athens
Photo: Greg Poole/Bulldawg Illustrated

 
 
The Bulldogs are recruiting at an incredibly high-level not only for the Class of 2017 but also for the Class of 2018 and 2019. It is a level the Bulldogs must recruit to finally break through the glass ceiling and compete for National Championships. What Kirby Smart and his staff are doing thus far is special, and it will be fascinating to see if they can finally close strong on a recruiting class.
 
 
What Georgia is doing with regards to the QB position is truly spectacular. As we know Coach Chaney was able to lock down Jacob Eason last year, and now the Bulldogs have landed a commitment from Jake Fromm and are in excellent position with Trevor Lawrence. All three of these QB’s are elite prospects and the type of players that have the skillset and mental makeup to lead the Bulldogs to a Championship. Also, keep a close eye on UGA’s receiver recruiting in the Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 and moving forward. Receivers want to play with these guys, especially Trevor Lawrence who may be the most talented QB produced out of the state of Georgia in the past ten years. There won’t be a more talented QB meeting room in the country if Fromm and Lawrence do end up signing with the Bulldogs.
 
 
As fantastic as the Bulldogs are doing with their QB recruiting the offensive line recruiting may be the area where the Bulldogs are making the biggest strides under Coach Smart. I am a firm believer that guys like D’Ante Demery and Netori Johnson are game changers. They both have outstanding frames and are very good athletes. You also can’t forget a guy like Justin Shaffer, who is a big, raw prospect that has the potential to be a mauling guard in a pro-style offense. With the Bulldogs also being in solid position for in-state tackles Tony Gray and Andrew Thomas this class has the chance to be the best group of offensive lineman the Dawgs have ever brought in. What could make this class truly special is if the Dawgs were able to land Isaiah Wilson from Brooklyn, NY. The 6’7 350 pounder is a 3-year college, straight to the NFL level player. While guys like Demery and Johnson are game changers, Wilson is a program changer in my opinion. He can completely overwhelm people with his size/strength. Think Cam Robinson (Alabama) or Greg Robinson (Auburn). In my opinion, the hire of Sam Pittman is easily the best hire that was made by Coach Smart. Not only is it impressive what he is doing with the Class of 2017 but also already having landed Max Wray in the Class of 2018 and Luke Griffin in the Class of 2019 he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down in the future.
 
 
Having mentioned a program changer in Isaiah Wilson, I believe there are a couple more the Bulldogs can land in the Class of 2017. The more I watch of Richard LeCounte, the more I am convinced that he not only one of the Top 10 most gifted athletes in the country but he is also a Top 10 player in the Nation. The young man has absolutely everything you look for in a football player except prototypical size. He is going to anchor the Dawgs secondary for years to come. Also, I have big time expectations for Robert Beal if he were in fact sign with the Bulldogs. He is the prototypical outside linebacker for Coach Smart’s scheme. He is incredibly physical at the point of attack but also has the explosiveness and ability to bend that makes you think he is going to rack up 10+ sacks off the edge. Those two are special talents that jump off the screen and are head and shoulders above other kids their age.
 
 
Last but not least, coaches and prospects across the Southeast have said the one thing they are certain of with Kirby Smart is that he will lock down the state in recruiting. If 2017 is any indication that may be the new reality. With Robert Beal leaving the state of Georgia for his final season the Top 10 HS football players in the state of Georgia according to 247Sports are (1) DeAngelo Gibbs, (2) Richard Lecounte III, (3) Jake Fromm, (4) Andrew Thomas, (5) Jameyst Williams, (6) Davis Mills, (7) Nate McBride, (8) AJ Terrell, (9) Aubrey Solomon and (10) William Poole III, it is not unlikely that the Bulldogs could end up signing 8 of the Top 10 players in the state. Going a little bit further down the list don’t be shocked to see the Dawgs land 15-17 of the Top 25 ranked players in the state.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Matthew “Huck” Pasek was born into a family of Georgia Bulldogs. Huck’s father, Gary, graduated from UGA in 1976 and became a high school chemistry teacher at Peachtree HS in Dunwoody, GA where he coached alongside Georgia High School football legend T. McFerrrin. Gary’s love of football, especially Georgia football, was passed along to his son. Huck lives in Belmont, NC with his wife, Whitney, and works in Financial Services Litigation. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, movie fanatic and habitual traveler to St. Simons Island with his wife “just to get away”. The moniker ImYourHuckleberry arose from his favorite movie, Tombstone, and character Doc Holiday’s famous line, “I’m Your Huckleberry”. Matthew was never one to shy away from a confrontation or debate, thus the nickname instantly stuck.