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UGA Football Recruiting 26-APR-2016

Kevin Howard - Georgia edit by Bob Miller (photo from Kevin Howard - Twitter)
Kevin Howard – Georgia edit by Bob Miller
(photo from Kevin Howard – Twitter)


UGA Football Recruiting Daily Thread


Today’s Featured Recruits



Kevin Howard

Class of 2017 – WR

Gardendale High School, AL



Kearis Jackson

Class of 2018 – ATH

Peach County, Fort Valley, GA



Josh Jobe

Class of 2018 -CB

Columbus High School, Miami, FL



Austin Troxell

Class of 2017 – OL

Madison Academy, AL



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253 responses on “UGA Football Recruiting 26-APR-2016

  1. ZippyMorocco

    I took Mrs. Zippy (Johnnie) to the surgeon in Rome today. We can’t use the C word for another 5 years, but she is officially released.
    Many thanks to all of you for your prayers and support.

  2. RumRunnerDoogie

    Bulldawg Bob2 RumRunnerDoogie they could, still find it hard to believe considering the pressure to stay in state tho

  3. RumRunnerDoogie

    Bulldawg Bob2 RumRunnerDoogie be nice to be able to pull one or two good players from bama

  4. Bulldawg Bob2

    RumRunnerDoogie also several 2018 prospects:

    WR Justyn Ross
    DT Deanthony Miles
    DB David Copeland

  5. Bulldawg Bob2

    While UGA had a good day on the diamond, the Atlanta Braves did not. Lost to Red Sox 11-4

  6. Bulldawg Bob2

    willypmd  There you go Willy. He’s a very nice young man when I’ve spoken to him. Seems like a good kid.

  7. willypmd

    I may be living in Gardendale for a few months this summer, I’ll have to bring a go Dawgs sign to Kevin Howard’s home games…

  8. DawgDaddy

    BahitsDawg then he could hate it in his heart of hearts years later, just ask Calvin Johnson.  Of course he would never admit it but you know he thinks it.

  9. Bulldawg Bob2

    Hobnailboot aka RobG Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36 While he isn’t very tall, he is built very stocky. He is over 200 lbs in the 209 lbs range. He is stouter than either Anthony McFarland Jr or Khalan Laborn, both of whom are in that 5 foot 9 range, but not quite 200 lbs.

  10. Bulldawg Bob2

    1mandawgpack Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36  Correct 1man. Swift is considered one of the top AP back for 2017.

  11. Bulldawg Bob2

    1mandawgpack CLTDawg Hobnailboot aka RobG Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36  Aye. Akers is a heck of a football player and athlete. He is built tough.

  12. Bulldawg Bob2

    RumRunnerDoogie DawgByte  Correct. Thankfully we didn’t lose the BD Illustrated Zippy, but unfortunately we lost the “Zippy” he chose his username after. The legendary two sport star from the 50’s Joseph Zippy Morocco.

    Georgia also lost another legend from around that era  James Thomas “Jack” Roberts.

  13. RumRunnerDoogie

    CLTDawg DawgByte idk its just such a strange recruitment all around, seem to be little of drob actually talking to the media. Now i dont know much about his brother, but he seems to want whats best for drob.

  14. RumRunnerDoogie

    genius of the day goes to a robber in DC, was fleeing the police and jumped a fence and ended up being the west fence of the White House

  15. Hobnailboot aka RobG

    I doubt very seriously we could land all 3, that would be some serious recruiting

  16. 1mandawgpack

    Bulldawg36  I believe he made his decision to leave long before CKS was announced as our head coach as, after the Florida game, he got no further consideration for playing QB at UGA and decided to take his talents elsewhere.  Also, I never stated that he was good, only that 2 of the picks in Jax were caused by poor routes by the WR. 

    All that said, I agree with @CLTDawg that he got a raw deal being thrown into the game in Jax with no real chance of success given that the coaches decided to not let a mobile QB actually be mobile.  From everything I’ve heard, he is a great guy and hard worker, so I hope he gets a chance to play in a conference that will better fit his skillset and that he is able to help himself and Coach Bobo be successful as they’re both DGDs.

  17. Bulldawg36

    If y’all think he is so good- then why did he leave when he could of had a fresh start with Kirby. Kirby said he is open to a mobile qb. Beating out Ramsey and lambert is doable

  18. CLTDawg

    DawgByte CLTDawg It’s a tough spot, because I think a lot of it is because of his brother, not DRob himself…and it’s a lot of pressure on a 17-18 year old to not go with what his family wants him to do…but I agree there has to be a de-crutment period for sure.

  19. DawgByte

    CLTDawg I hope he commits to UGA. Having said that… if I was Kirby Smart I’d have the kid running Sanford stadium steps for a week in the August heat. Do I really need to explain why?

  20. CLTDawg

    The timing of DRobs announcement being moved up is great for us, IMO. He’s going to be in Athens this weekend already for a track meet, and might have a chance to visit with coaches some more while he’s in town, and then he’ll be announcing the NEXT DAY in Atlanta? We’re getting the final word with him and another chance to remind him of his fit with the Dawgs. 

    Glad to know the long recruitment is about to be over, but I’ve got a great feeling about DRob coming to the Dawgs.

  21. CLTDawg

    1mandawgpack CLTDawg Bulldawg36 I felt terrible for him. I know the results were what they were, and we can’t make excuses, but it really seemed like he got a raw deal looking back on that game. Everyone talked about how he was such a hard worker, good leader, and his teammates loved him…and the coaches just kind of put him out there without any individualized preparation that would help his playing style succeed against one of the top 10 defenses in the country. Hate that it caused so many fans to write him off as a bad player, because he put in a lot of work and time for the program while he was here. DGD.

  22. 1mandawgpack

    CLTDawg Bulldawg36  Agree – two picks in that game were caused by poor routes by the WR as Bauta placed the ball where they should have been.  Plus, as a former WR, it takes a lot of time to develop chemistry with a QB and Bauta did not run with the 1s most of the year and really never had an opportunity to develop that chemistry.

  23. CLTDawg

    Bulldawg36 Can’t judge him off one game though, he was thrown to the wolves against Florida with a bad gameplan that they didn’t adjust once we got behind. Hard for anyone to succeed in their first start like that.

  24. 1mandawgpack

    CLTDawg Hobnailboot aka RobG Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36  Akers is one solid guy to be playing QB in high school.  Dude looks like a middle linebacker.

  25. 1mandawgpack

    CLTDawg Bulldawg36  Correct, the date for signing a national LOI has passed.  Unfortunately, he has no legal obligation to attend the school that he verbally commits to on Sunday.  Much like the LB last year, it’s not legal until he shows up on campus and enrolls in school

  26. CLTDawg

    Hobnailboot aka RobG Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36 There’s a possibility that we take all three of them…but I’m very very skeptical about Akers. His recruitment will go down to the wire on NSD, and being in a fight with Ole Miss at the final hour shouldn’t sit well with anybody.

  27. CLTDawg

    websater HUGE! My second favorite back in this class after Akers. Would be a big time get. Love his versatility.

  28. CLTDawg

    Bulldawg36 I don’t think he signs anything at this point, like Roquan last year. I think he announces, and then we just hope he shows up! lol

  29. 1mandawgpack

    Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36  Isn’t he rated the top all-purpose back in the country?  I don’t think he’s a scat-back unless I’m confusing him with someone else.  Also, there have been a lot of incredible RBs who were a little shy of 6 feet (Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith come to mind) but who were thick, strong backs who could play every down.

  30. DawgByte

    MMCSDAWG Bulldawg36 Interesting report! I don’t know who is going to start, all I know is I’m hoping Eason is ready sooner rather than later.

  31. RumRunnerDoogie

    DawgByte RumRunnerDoogie yea i wasnt sure either but he was commenting with the morning crew today

  32. RumRunnerDoogie

    DawgByte zippy was just on this morning so im guessing he just liked the real zippy

  33. DawgByte

    Just able to get on the site. So incredibly sad we lost one of our own. Zippy was just on the board this past weekend. I’m hearing Joe took his own life. Is there any truth to that report?

    RIP Zipster, you will be missed brother!!!!

  34. valdostadawg80

    Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36

    i’d be happy with this kid… perfect compliment to Eason

  35. Bulldawg36

    If we can get the Zeus in 2018- him and Holyfield will be good enough till he gets here

  36. Hobnailboot aka RobG

    Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36  think I’d rather have Toneil Carter and Cam Akers, I’m not a fan of 5’9 RBs

  37. Bulldawg36

    Better hurry up before the 5 o’clock traffic tho! Lol! I know it gets much busier around there than pelzer…but the druggies in pelzer will still try and run you off the road

  38. RumRunnerDoogie

    AlphaDawg Bulldawg36 last time i was at a cracker barrel i might of been the only person there under the age of 65

  39. AlphaDawg

    Bulldawg36 and our play callers didn’t use him for his strengths. And we ran the same running play I think 3 times in a row, all with no fullback. Just a strange day.

  40. AlphaDawg

    Bulldawg36 Let’s not get on this subject again. It’s been about a month since I’ve had my Mama’s French Toast

  41. AlphaDawg

    Bulldawg36 I’m happy he’s moved on. He only had a limited amount of time to play football. The kid works his butt off, but he’s just not really SEC ready. He was made for a school like CSU.

  42. Bulldawg36

    Please Robertson!!!!!! Sign with the university of Georgia!!!!!!! It’s time!!!!!!!!!!

  43. RumRunnerDoogie

    BahitsDawg i think bobo will make him into a good one out there, not to mention its not the SEC anymore

  44. BahitsDawg

    Saw a tweet from Bobo’s team that Faton Bauta threw for 200+yards and 3 TDs in their spring game!

    I feel great for the young man.  I hope he wins the starter role and has a great season!

  45. BahitsDawg

    Bulldawg Bob2 the first 7 were not enough?   We had to offer him again?  Kirby getting it done!   ###

  46. BahitsDawg

    dsw61 It is funny seeing little Brees stretch for every millimeter to toss it over his big linemen.

  47. RobDawg

    @bahitsdawg you would be surprised at how many very successful people have died without wills, and I mean those with substantial wealth. I saw it all the time in the banking business. I often thought it was those type people not wanting to face up to their mortality and avoiding the topic. It’s also sad to see how it then destroys the families that remain who fight it out over trying to get that wealth

  48. Brooklyndawg

    Bulldawg36 Bigger crowds Sunday I guess, gets all the earlier church goers and IHOP/Cracker Barrel lunch crowd in. But seriously, any word via the grapevine if CKS and staff were planning on attending? That would be the giveaway, IMO. I’ve never seen one word about that.


    So we will know even sooner if Drob is coming to UGA!!!   Come on down Demetrius!  Great things happening in Athens.

  50. RealtorDawg (aka 10canpirate)

    Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36 We work with a lawyer here in Athens that does a lot of estate planning work with wife’s estate sales company and my real estate.  We are the one stop shop to getting you house in order so to speak.  We have personally learned that lesson from family members ourselves.  Good to plan well.

  51. Bulldawg36

    Yup. The only weakness he has that I see if you can call it that- is he needs to throw ball away instead of taking the sack but that will come with experience. Would rather go thru growing pains with Eason than another year With Lambert. Lambert isn’t that bad, but he isn’t gonna win you the East either IMO


    Bulldawg36 Anyone watching the G-day game has to agree with that one!  No way I expected him to come out and perform like that.  The entire weight of dawg nation was on his shoulders and he performed like he’d been there before.  That said a lot for me.

  53. Bansai buckeroo

    @dsw61…. Wow…thanks for all the info on shoulder tilt….didn’t mean for my comment to put you to work this morning but really good stuff…. I think you are right about bringing it to his attention and letting him figure it out without putting undo pressure on him……


    Bulldawg Bob2 MMCSDAWG Will do…  I have already given my input on another 18 class DB…  Tyreke Johnson-  I coached him for 4 years in pop warner.  He is a talented kid, but I didn’t like his game performance the two times I watched him in person last year.  Tons of talent, but his whole team is talented (Trinity Christian) and they take plays off too much, of course they are also winning by 4 touchdowns in most of their games…  But the one game against my sons team, they only beat us by 10pts.  Which is saying something since Trinity is 2 divisions higher in classification.  I know his mom Pam really well, and he does have a ton of talent…  I don’t believe I would waste a ton of resources on him though…  I’m old school so I’m probably being too harsh on him and I’ll let the coaching staff be the final say!

  55. Bulldawg Bob2

    MMCSDAWG You’ll have to give a BD Illustrated eye in the sky report if you do 🙂


    AlphaDawg MMCSDAWG Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36 My GF is going to love selling all those golf clubs I have too!  lol

  57. AlphaDawg

    MMCSDAWG Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36 Got to get your finances in order. My wife is going to be so happy I left her with so many Legos

  58. BahitsDawg

    MMCSDAWG Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36 That is nuts.  I listened to a Van Jones interview  (communist that he is, it was still a good interview) about Princes’ cherity work.  I am surprised he didn’t have a will and have most of his estate going to several charities.



    Bulldawg36 Little nugget…  It was mentioned on another site that Eason did a little more than photo ops with M. Stafford while he was in town.  Word is that Stafford spent some time with Eason in the film room and that Eason is a film room junkie!  Also reported that Stafford gave him some tips on how to organize summer drills and workouts.  This kid showed poise in front of 93K that totally surprised me, I believe he is the starter by the end of game one, with Ramsey as the wildcard.

  60. dsw61

    Bulldawg Bob2 dsw61 Both would be amazing, but I’m just hoping UGA gets at least one of the two. It’s going to be a real bummer if the staff misses on both.

  61. dsw61

    Brees with lots of shoulder tilt…looks like long throw.
    Brady with shoulder tilt.
    Manning with shoulder tilt.

  62. Bulldawg Bob2

    K. Ladies and gents, my lunch break is over. Back to work I go, but I be watching from ‘de phone.

  63. dsw61

    Regarding the shoulder tilt discussion earlier. Here is Rogers throwing with shoulder tilt, and without.

  64. Bulldawg36

    It’s bad she had to become rich that way. Also too many former great dawgs need to quit dying as well. Durn it!!!


    Bulldawg Bob2 Bulldawg36 The sister that was a crack addict??  I heard she was his only living relative…  Sad.  I find it hard to believe that someone with the business sense that Prince displayed wouldn’t have a will..

  66. Bulldawg36

    I hope Eason works his tail off in summer workouts!!!!!!!!! I hope become the ultimate leader!!!! I’m sure he will!!!! Now is time to take the qb job!!!!!

  67. Bulldawg Bob2

    Bulldawg36  Aye. And just read that Prince apparently didn’t have a will and his sister was named executor of his estate.

  68. Bulldawg36

    Man I’ve listened to so much prince music this week!!!!!! Too many people are passing away in April!!!U0001f622


    Bulldawg Bob2 Dang he’s right down the street from our lab…  Might have to check out Bartram Trail a game or 2 this year.

  70. Bulldawg36

    Eason throws a long bomb to Robertson!!!! Touchdown!!!!!!!!! That’s gonna be music to our ears for all dawg fans around the nation!!!

  71. dsw61

    Bansai buckeroo Shoulder tilt raises the release point naturally…without messing with anything else. IMO, it is very difficult to throw a spiral with level shoulders if you don’t lower your arm slot to at least 3/4. IMO, Eason’s low arm slot is directly related to lack of shoulder tilt. Not saying he can’t throw well doing what he’s doing, just saying that if the coaches decide he needs to raise his arm slot, the only correct way to do it IMO, is to add a little shoulder tilt. He actually does make some throws with shoulder tilt. Basically it all comes down to the throwing hand being able to naturally pronate…palm turns outward…as the ball is released. IMO it’s hard to get the timing of the pronation right when throwing with level shoulders…unless you lower the arm slot…which is what I think Eason is doing.

    If I were working with him, I would never say one word about his arm slot. Instead I would cut out all drills that promote level shoulders; and possible suggest to him that he experiment with tilting his shoulders a little when he’s warming up to give himself an opportunity to discover something that may help him. I would…NOT…come up with drills to force him to tilt his shoulders. IMO, throwing with shoulder tilt is natural and my experience is the human body will always gravitate towards natural movements when given a nudge. IMO, this is a self discovery issue, but it helps to have someone plant the initial seed of knowledge:)

  72. Bulldawg Bob2

    dsw61  Good question. I think it is too far out for the 2018 class to really know for sure, but they could possibly end up with both.


    Bansai buckeroo +1000…  So minor faults or flaws will take care of themselves…  The LAST thing I want is for Eason or any other talented player like him to be thinking about mechanics while he is out on the field..  He will develop and with the help of Chaney and company he will improve his foot work which will help a lot with that shoulder tilt…  It will come naturally, which is the goal!

  74. Bansai buckeroo

    @MMCSDAWG…probably just need to leave the kid alone…I would hate to mess him up in any way for something that might not even be a problem…


    Bansai buckeroo You can watch Aaron Rogers and feel more at ease buck…  there is more than one way to skin a cat ###

  76. CLTDawg

    dsw61 I’d like either of them, obviously, and I think they both have good relationships with other recruits…but I love watching Emory Jones play. Right now he’s my preference.

  77. Bansai buckeroo

    @dsw61…. I would like to thank you for mentioning Eason’s shoulder tilt…##… I can’t watch him without noticing it and wondering if this is something he needs to looks like his release point is a little low and might cause him to get some balls batted down but his height might compensate for that…please tell me I’m all wet and have nothing to worry about..


    dsw61 Not sure, but either one of them would be a good recruit for 18′.  As far as recruiting I believe they both have their strengths from a recruiting side as well.  I would love to have both, but would take either one and be very happy!

  79. dsw61

    Is UGA going to get either Trevor Lawrence or Emory Jones? Which one will help more with recruiting for the 2018 class?


    Bansai buckeroo Right…  I vote we remove that counter up above and re-institute it around Mid July.  It’s definitely depressing to note that we have  130 days plus until our first game…  Going out to visit the kids/grandkids?

  81. Bansai buckeroo

    Man I can tell this is going to be a looooong summer….I am going to San Fran next month for two weeks but I think I might have to plan one more trip somewhere to get me through til summer practice starts…….:-)

  82. dawgmum

    Bansai buckeroo With the new access law in place, you’ll have to wait 90 days to find out. 😀

  83. dsw61

    So the image of Heath Holder on the front page caught my attention. Tip for the UGA pitchers. Work on keeping your back heel down…in contact with the ground…a little longer…maybe one frame to one and half frames longer. If you do that you will stay into your legs longer…get more meaningful back leg extension…which will increase your velocity without putting stress on your arm. More like pitchers Nolan Ryan and Kershaw. I don’t like Kershaw’s arm pitcher in this image at that point in his delivery, but he does get good back leg extension.

  84. AlphaDawg

    MMCSDAWG AlphaDawg I stopped making them after I made some and the recruits went elsewhere. LOL I figured why and the heck am I doing this?


    AlphaDawg MMCSDAWG That’s cool, and I’m sure he will like it!  Getting Jacoby would be a big time commit for Kirby and the boys!

  86. AlphaDawg

    MMCSDAWG Been working on a Jacoby Stevens edit. Haven’t made edits in a while but I wanted to challenge myself.


    Is there anybody out there???  lol.   Did any of our posters attend the TD Club event in Athens last night??  Hear Kirby gave a pretty good speech…

  88. Colonial Dawg

    Bulldawg Bob2 Colonial Dawg Thanks, we’ve had so many PWO’s that they are all running together.  Kirby’s working!