UGA Recruiting Daily 28-June-2016

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UGA Recruiting Daily 28-June-2016

UGA football recruiting prospect, Dominick Blaylock
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Sophomore WR
Walton High School
Marietta, GA

Isaiah Wilson

Boys Varsity Football
Brooklyn, NY



Grayson High School
Lawrenceville, GA


Junior FS CB
Dutchtown High School
Hampton, GA



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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

210 responses on “UGA Recruiting Daily 28-June-2016

  1. converted 1981

    Let’s see jow – Who was our DC for that debacle against Boise????? Hmm anybody!
    Maybe a Mister “there gonna do it my way, if they are Not smart enough to pick up an NFL defensive scheme when they are 18 or 19 it is Not My problem. They will have to adjust”.


    RumRunnerDoogie Avon Barksdale LeCounte being the most important of them all right now.  That kid has skills and he is our #1 recruiter without limitations!


    Greg Poole BahitsDawg I think he said it was due the weekend of our first game, around Sept 3rd or 4th!

  4. Greg Poole

    BahitsDawg  IDK – I think they are real close to a delivery date, are they not?

  5. Avon Barksdale

    Great points!
    For whatever reason, it’s tough for me to think we’ll get both him AND Jacoby Stevens, but man can you imagine that duo back there?!?!

  6. dsw61

    Can’t wait to see how Gibbs’ recruitment ends. It’s amazing how these recruiting battles take on a life of their own. The Tennessee sites are convinced he’s going to Tennessee. So I do a little research to try and figure out why he’s a Vol lock. First thing I stumble on is a statement from him that he doesn’t have a dream school. Then there’s an interview back in 2015 where he’s asked about what he thinks about Warrior saying the two of them are a package deal. He basically says that the package deal is a possibility, but he’s going to do his own due diligence and go where he feels is right for him. As best as I can tell, Gibbs’ only connection to Tennessee is that his uncle Dale Carter once played there and his cousin Nigel Warrior committed to them in 2016.

    I find it hard to believe that those two things make him a Vol lock when you consider he’s from Georgia, his best friend and teammate Breon Dixon is committed to Georgia, and his cousin J.R. Reed who he trained with in Dallas during the last five or six summers will enroll in August. J.R. Reed was also being recruited by Tennessee. It’s logical to think that part of his decision to come to Georgia had to do with the coaching he’ll get under Tucker and Kirby. With Jake Reed playing in the NFL, you would expect him to be able to spot good coaches and guide his son accordingly. It also seems that Jake Reed has been fairly involved in Gibbs’ development as a football player and has been a very good influence on him.

  7. Reddawg13

    Frankly Avon Barksdale I am stoked we got him, he will be a bigger plus than some think!

  8. 1mandawgpack

    Greg Poole BahitsDawg  That’s what I was going to point out.  While the numbers are what they are, the way that the study would have been improved significantly is to also show the number of elite players by state on a per capita basis.  Using that metric, Georgia would have been, by far, the #1 state in the study.  It’s exactly the same reason why a 6A school in Georgia should have far more elite athletes than a 1A school based upon the sheer size of the population being compared.

  9. BahitsDawg

    Greg Poole I have mixed feelings on all this.  I would pay EA to have my image running in a game like Jim Brown.

  10. 1mandawgpack

    Greg Poole BahitsDawg  Agree 100%.  No detail is too small to escape CKS’ attention, so I fully expect our coaches and players to have covered virtually every scenario that could possibly arise during the game.

  11. Greg Poole

    BahitsDawg  “We” have a different staff than for Boise. Kirby has been a part of Bama’s prep for several Dome games. It is all a part of attention to detail #ATD

  12. BenKellam

    RumRunnerDoogie AlphaDawg MMCSDAWG I can’t imagine which Demetrius Robinson you could be referring to. I mean wide receiver.

  13. BahitsDawg

    If any of you have the ear of any Georgia coaches, please ask them to do some silent count drills leading up to the opener in the dome.

    We will have more fans there and they will be excited as all get out.  (remembering the Boise game)   Our fans will be unbelievably loud and will not yet be in strategic cheering mode (takes a few games).  They will yell at the wrong time and generally make it hard for teams to operate.  (Remember Boise – they prepped for the crowd noise and expected it since they were on our turf, we didn’t and we had lots of mistakes and penalties)

    Pipe in crowd noise.  Prep silent counts.

    I sure wish we had the IPF for simulation purposes.

  14. RumRunnerDoogie

    AlphaDawg RumRunnerDoogie MMCSDAWG lol WR recruits have a tendency to “play the game”

  15. BahitsDawg

    Frankly JaxDawg Bama now has to share some with us.   That helps the frozen tundra schools a little in overall rankings.


    Greg Poole I love this kid and I think we are in for a treat when he’s anchoring that RG spot!

  17. BahitsDawg

    Greg Poole He is going to be fun to watch over the next few years and the rest of his career.

    Falcons…. knock, knock, knock   Falcons?  Are you home?

  18. RumRunnerDoogie

    AlphaDawg MMCSDAWG i wouldnt look into that too much, WRs are the glory hounds of football after all


    AlphaDawg MMCSDAWG Coley’s name tag!!!  I like it, but these receivers sure have a way of trying to play mind games with fan bases!

  20. RumRunnerDoogie

    BahitsDawg so his dad is indian and mom is black, idk where the white grandmom and aunt come in


    Frankly MMCSDAWG Avon Barksdale  RB and OL are IMO the hardest position to predict.   RB’s can look good in HS and can look good in scrimmages, but when the lights come on and the whistle blows you never know which one of those rb’s are going to thrive in a live game situation.  Look at #35 (forgetting name right now) but our resident “G” day warrior that never did anything in a live game.  There is a skill that good/great RB’s have that you can’t teach.  It’s like they have a 360* line of sight that allows them to set up blocks and always move in the right direction.


    Bansai buckeroo I hope so!   When does summer practices begin?  I can’t seem to remember the exact date.

  23. Frankly

    MMCSDAWG Frankly Avon Barksdale
    Not that I think he will start but I am very impressed with what I’ve seen of him and think if he develops, he will have just as good a chance as Holyfield.


    Frankly JaxDawg Goes back to my mantra back on the old site…   Win, an they will come.  Kirby has definitely changed our recruiting program 10 fold, but the ultimate change will come when we win an SEC title and play in the NC, and hopefully win one!

  25. Frankly

    MMCSDAWG JaxDawg
    Maybe but the vast majority of his stats were in garbage time against weak competition.

  26. Frankly


    As much as I hate to admit it, TOSU’s recruiting is just unreal this year.   They are out “Bama-ing” Bama.


    Frankly Avon Barksdale Bold prediction, but who knows!  I think he will be a contributor for sure next year.

  28. AlphaDawg

    Avon Barksdale We probably all said the same thing regarding Keith Marshall and look who surprised us…


    converted 1981 1mandawgpack Greg Poole I think everyone thought Auburn had a QB last year as well!  Maybe they do, but history doesn’t bode well for them.

  30. AlphaDawg

    Avon Barksdale I say Holyfield and we go back to the Moreno and Stafford style of play with heavy throwing

  31. converted 1981

    1mandawgpack Greg Poole Don’t they actually have a QB for once.  If so watch out cause they appear to be loaded at a lot of positions.

  32. PTCDawg

    Avon Barksdale I am guessing Sony will not turn pro but given the scenario my money would be on Holyfield.

  33. Avon Barksdale

    Okay, so just for fun….let’s say we sign Swift and Carter at RB this year. If Chubb and Sony turn pro, who starts game one at tailback in 2017?


    converted 1981 MMCSDAWG AlphaDawg JaxDawg

    That would be Lambert and he made the two worst throws in the spring game for sure!  I can only give him credit for ball control based on his starts last season.  His performance in the spring game was not stellar in my opinion.  Which just added fuel to my fire about Eason starting!

  35. converted 1981

    MMCSDAWG dsw61 BahitsDawg Greg Poole Crossing pattern to a certain TE spread out to the side.  Who after making the reception levels one of their LB’s and goes on for a nice gain.  Lime up and repeat, totally throw NC into a head spin THEN lower the Chubb BOOM.

  36. converted 1981

    MMCSDAWG AlphaDawg JaxDawg Agree with all but ball control.  Who was the Only QB to throw a pick in the spring game.  A ball that with his experience should have never been thrown.  He threw off of his back foot falling backwards to escape the rush – if I remember correctly.

  37. PTCDawg

    Reading Hucks write up on DaQuan makes me wonder if there are any high school age kids in the Clegane family. :>)


    AlphaDawg MMCSDAWG JaxDawg I’m not going to bash Lambert and I really appreciate everything he has done for UGA since arriving on campus last summer, but there is a definite talent level gap between him and Eason/Ramsey.  He can overcome the difference with Ramsey based on his experience and ball security, but I don’t think his experience and ball security will overcome the gap between him and Eason.  I hope and expect him to be a DGD and help Eason as much as he can.  Break down film of all of our SEC opponents from last year.  That is where Lambert will be a vital member of the Dawgs this year.  Also a reliable and trustworthy back-up in case of injuries.  I could be dead wrong, but I really do expect Eason to start the season against UNC and we will rise and fall on his shoulders this season!

  39. dsw61

    Still can’t believe none of the pundits are writing about the potential for Georgia’s QBs to be more mobile this season under Chaney. It’s probably the biggest thing that was missing in the last two seasons with Mason and Lambert at QB. Murray had it. I’ve always believed that the the QBs that did well under CMR we’re the ones that had enough confidence in themselves to ignore some of what he said. To this day CMR talks about how he didn’t have to tell Murray to do certain things; he just did it. QBs who follow the “stand in the pocket and trust your protection” rule to the extreme; will almost certainly be less productive than the QB who interprets that phraseology as more of a guideline…and doesn’t let it affect his ability to improvise.

  40. AlphaDawg

    DawgLink Yes, it sounds very familiar doesn’t it? Getting ranked super high in preseason with a veteran coach who proved himself before and trying to do it again? Get’s all of the hype from the media and then doesn’t live to expectations.

  41. AlphaDawg

    1mandawgpack AlphaDawg I’m not even against an Alt jersey for the game. Just give us the silver britches!!


    dsw61 BahitsDawg Greg Poole I waiting patiently to see Eason pull out from under center, stick the ball into Chubbs gut, pull it out, reverse pivot, roll slightly to his left, hit one of two targets, either the TE on a 10-12 yards drag pattern or hopefully the WR wide arse open on a deep  corner pattern.  It’s going to happen and it going to be open!  GATA Dawgs!

  43. dsw61

    BahitsDawg Greg Poole One of the senior LBs UNC lost was their leader on defense. He will be hard to replace. LBs are most susceptible to play-action; which is hopefully what we’ll see more of this season.

  44. 1mandawgpack

    Greg Poole  I don’t  quite understand the love for LSU at the moment as, unless LSU did some major player development in the offseason, the 1 man show that is Fournette won’t get them to the national title game by himself.

  45. BahitsDawg

    1mandawgpack AlphaDawg Nike should do cheerleader outfits.

    I imagine a lot of families would get suckered into buying their little girls various Cheer outfits.

  46. dsw61

    Greg Poole Well that was a really good read. Hope Chaney knows this stuff. I like Georgia’s TEs in some of these route concepts.

  47. 1mandawgpack

    AlphaDawg 1mandawgpack  It’s called the value/love of the almighty dollar.  Nike could, for example, introduce a “special” uniform to try to increase jersey/apparel sales as the belief is that die-hard fans will buy both the special and regular jersey/apparel.  However, given the backlash from the “special” uniforms that were worn against Boise State and Florida, I would imagine that Nike now knows the wishes of the majority of the UGA fan base.  That said, when Nike is paying the amount of money that it is to be the uniform sponsor, they have ultimate say in what the team wears.

    When we lived in London, the Premier League teams always introduced a “third” jersey during the year to try to drive jersey sales, and it’s just part of the sponsorship world that we now live in as these sponsors are ultimately in business to make money.


    BenKellam BahitsDawg Greg Poole They haven’t shown the ability to stop the run and have to replace two senior LB’s.  I like our chances of controlling the clock and field position, but time will only tell!

  49. BahitsDawg

    Greg Poole Only if our D can stop them.  That game was still too close.  You figure you get that many rushing yards it is a blow out, but the score was 49-38

    I am talking myself into nervousness, again.

  50. DawgLink

    It will take more than one story to make me believe that a leopard can change it’s spots

  51. AlphaDawg

    1mandawgpack Nice insider information! I hope we do have the red vs blue. That would look awesome! I don’t see why Nike would care, but I guess they might. And if G-day was any indication about the fan base’s excitement, we should be dominating the seating.


    1mandawgpack Thanks for the info 1MDP!   Can’t wait for this game to get here.  I really wanna see what we got!


    Greg Poole Me too, although it would be easy to go to the game here in my home town, I would much rather play in a more prestigious and important bowl game!

  54. 1mandawgpack

    I posted this last night, but thought I’d repeat for the morning crew.  I have a buddy who works for the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl, which also manages the kick-off classic.  For the game, UGA will be the visiting team and will be seated in the “visiting” stands in the Ga. Dome.  That said, I expect a huge UGA crowd, so while UNC might have pre-arranged seating on the home side of the stadium, I fully expect that the vast majority of the Ga. Dome will be filled with UGA fans.

    He also said that, unless the apparel sponsor(s) start meddling in the decision, both teams will likely wear their home uniforms during the game given the stark contrast in color schemes.  He said that this is always subject to change as Auburn had agreed to a similar structure when they played several years ago, but that Under Armour got involved and required Auburn to wear all white during the game.  Anyway, just a couple of tidbits for your consideration during this slow period.


    Greg Poole BahitsDawg AlphaDawg With snarky click bait tag lines as well!  I enjoy reading a wide variety of dawg news, but my BS meter is on high alert when it involves the AJC.

  56. dsw61

    Spent some time last night watching highlight film of Brees, Bray, Allen and Peterman. IMO, Ramsey is athletically the type QB Chaney has had success with. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ramsey moves ahead of Lambert on the depth chart. Don’t know if Chaney can pull Ramsey out of his shell though…maybe three times is a charm. Ramsey is also probably the best at selling the play action, which Chaney uses a a lot. It will be interesting to see how quickly Eason can get comfortable taking snaps from under center and selling the play action. Save this link of Peterman’s highlights from last season and watch them at your leisure…20 minutes long. Note the mobility. Brees and Allen were also mobile. Bray not so much…but not bad. Chaney tells his QBs that 60% of throws are movement throws. He likes mobile QBs. That will likely hurt Lambert. I’ve coahced kids enough to understand how they think when placed in a competitive environment. The differene between…”stand in the pocket and trust your protection”…and “60% of your throws are movement throws”…is night and day. IMO Chaney’s approach will yield better results.

  57. Greg Poole

    BahitsDawg  When one has a site named DawgNation, one would be wise to break those perceptions. But AlphaDawg  is right below, give something juicy and they will revert to snitching.

  58. BenKellam

    PatriotVeteran DawgLink Signing day isn’t until February. He has like 8 months to decide. It’s not like we aren’t going to take his commitment then if he wants to wait.

  59. JaxDawg

    I really want Akers instead of Carter, he’s in the top 3 guys I want in this class but it seems like that’s long gone and he’s off to Ohio state or ole miss

  60. PatriotVeteran

    DawgLink His decision and waiting too long – will be his loss.    He can play anywhere and be great, but you only get to play for 1 team in college and if he wants to play for UGA, he better make a decision ASAP or be ready to know his decision will haunt him for years.     Stick with the Dawgs..

  61. AlphaDawg

    BahitsDawg Just wait until Smart gives them something juicy. It wont be all rainbows and marshmallows

  62. Greg Poole

    Basketball recruiting is a cesspool:
    Jackson, a native of Detroit, plays for Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. If you live in that area and have never met a Prolific Prep alum, there is a reason: It was formed in 2014 by Jeremy Russotti, a top basketball skills trainer who is based in northern California, at the suggestion of Jackson’s mother, Apples Jones. Russotti has built a national power around Jackson, but he has not built an actual school. Prolific Prep has no physical address. Russotti jokes that the school is “a P.O. box and three cellphones.” It exists purely as a basketball superpower. Jackson and his 12 teammates attend classes at Justin Siena, a Catholic school in Napa that costs nearly $19,000 per year. (Jackson received a scholarship through Prolific.)
    Ayton’s path to that Napa gym was even stranger. After coming to the U.S. from the Bahamas at age 12, he began his career at Balboa City School in San Diego, an established private school that did not have any athletic programs until it formed a basketball team around Ayton. That shotgun marriage did not last, and now he attends Hillcrest Prep, a Phoenix school that outsources its academics. But Hillcrest’s academic credentials are in question, and several top colleges have backed away from recruiting Ayton. “Right now, it’s Kansas. That’s it,” he told the Louisville Courier-Journal in April. “I’m only seeing Kansas right now. I don’t know [why]. The word is I’m not going to college or something, but I say college is a must.”
    In the last decade much has been written about diploma mills: schools that teach nothing, yet graduate their students, many of whom just happen to be elite athletes. Every time one of these schools disappears, another one seems to pop up—NCAA officials describe monitoring them as a game of whack-a-mole. They are struggling to understand why elite athletes with so many options keep choosing schools that could jeopardize their eligibility. In the class of 2017 alone, three of the top 15 players are attending high schools that did not exist five years ago.

  63. Reddawg13

    MMCSDAWG Greg Poole I am staying in that boat with ya friend! Eason starts! No way we let Lambert have the reins. I believe Ramsey ends up number two.

  64. DawgLink

    Like her or not, she was a force in college bball. 64 years old is young. Prayers for her family. I have seen this very disease and it sucks

  65. Reddawg13

    Greg Poole Would love to get him, but we get who we get and I for sure trust the coaches we have now!

  66. DawgLink

    I live only 10 miles from Covington and look at their newspaper during football season. I don’t recall reading very much about him. Strange???

  67. Reddawg13

    Greg Poole Looks like Kirby is setting us up to be in reload mode, you know like Bama did while he was there.


    Greg Poole He hurt his shoulder during the spring before his freshman year had as much to do with RS as anything.  There is no way Eason will RS and I’m still beating he starts game #1.  The talent gap is too wide between him and Lambert.


    Greg Poole I actually don’t mind listening to him talk football…   he was on the Frank Frangie show yesterday afternoon for about 20 minutes.  Good listen.


    converted 1981 Greg Poole Exactly Converted…  We are young, talented and getting more talented with each and every recruit that signs up!

  71. converted 1981

    deltonadawg The only reason I was not a fan of Pat Summitt was she coached for the enemy.  Other that that she was probably the single greatest coach in SEC history, in Any Sport.

  72. converted 1981

    Greg Poole I wonder if those were Investors watching.  If so how much “Faith” do they have in these “Top Designers” now?  LOL!

  73. converted 1981

    Greg Poole Just means we are loaded at underclassmen and set for the next few years.

  74. converted 1981

    Greg Poole He will definitely be More entertaining than anyone else on there.  Especially that radio dude from Bama.

  75. deltonadawg

    I see where Pat Summit’s son said she has passed away. She was way too young to pass this way. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease my prayers are with her family.

  76. DawgDaddy

    Good Morning to Dawgs Everywhere!

    Heading up to Georgia National in a few minutes to play with the Dixie Senior group.  I will be checking in later this afternoon.  Y’all go get a recruit or two.

  77. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole That is the trust of a child.  No way I would stand in front of a prototype self braking car, haha.

  78. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole Great read and a slight surprise to me.  Good reasoning by Huck on this.

  79. Greg Poole

    In Murray’s mind, based on his experience, he’d prefer to start a veteran (presumably Lambert or Ramsey) and allow the freshman (Eason) to catch up to speed before handing the job to him.
    Yeah, I got the redshirt, which was awesome for me. I’m a huge fan of that, to sit back and learn the speed of the game. I had another year to learn the playbook. It’ll be interesting to see what they do. Obviously if (Eason) goes out there and earns the job and it’s obvious, I’m sure the coaches will give him the nod and go from there. But the coaches have their idea of what they want to do and they’ll stick to it I’m sure.