UGA Recruiting Daily 29-July-2016

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UGA Recruiting Daily 29-July-2016

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CAM AKERS

#3 Senior QB RB
Clinton High School
Clinton, MS
http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2761306/5721ce720c5e681224a6dd2b
 
 

DEVYN FORD

#22 Sophomore RB WR
North Stafford High School
Stafford , VA
http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4362088/5721cd1a9a90ec55409487e8
 
 

FABIAN FRANKLIN

#22 Junior RB
Hattiesburg High School
Hattiesburg, MS
http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4014155/5721d12f64e96b63801c4e8d
 
 

D’ANDRE SWIFT

#7 Senior RB CB
St. Joseph’s Prep High School
Philadelphia, PA
http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2719892/5721c2eb0dcb0d12f86354b7


 
 

 
 
 
 

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278 responses on “UGA Recruiting Daily 29-July-2016

  1. Bulldawg Bob2

    RobDawg  We did college pick’em through ESPN last year, and I thought it went well; so, I think we will do that again.

    I would be willing to do FF again as well. It is not to hard to set up a league over at NFL.com.

  2. Bulldawg Bob2

    PTCDawg Cannot disagree there. A good season this year, followed by a great season in 2017, and that will help build a lot of momentum going into 2018.

  3. Bulldawg Bob2

    PTCDawg And that is probably the only down side with Gray at this moment and time. Can Gray mature, focus on school and football and realize his full potential? I cannot say for certain, but I am pulling for the young man.

    A lot will depend on surrounding himself with good people and friends not only for his senior season but when he goes to college.

    But I do agree. Getting those 4 guys, add Jamaree Salyer and Max Wray, and Pittman will have a good group of big and talented o-lineman.

  4. PTCDawg

    Bulldawg Bob2 PTCDawg as good as we are looking for 2017, 2018 has the potential to be our best recruiting year yet!!!

  5. PTCDawg

    Bulldawg Bob2 PTCDawg so the personal side of it hasnt been a cause for concern? i really want to add him to thomas, demery and netori and am hoping his personal issues dont keep him out.

  6. Bulldawg Bob2

    PTCDawg Like Gray. He has that big, long 6-4 to 6-5 frame and between 290 and 300 lbs currently who is athletic. What I really like are his feet and footwork. Like a lot of high school OL, he tends to play a little high and needs to work on staying low, but that is something that can be coached. 

    A year with college coaching and weight training and to get up to around 315 lbs or so, and he is a potential starter at tackle.

  7. Bulldawg Bob2

    PTCDawg  Aye. Would love for the Dawgs to pull both Fromm and Lawrence. That would really shore up the QB depth for several years.

  8. PTCDawg

    in the last 3 weeks there have been 12 CBs posted for Lawrence, 11 of them are to the good guys, including 1 today. Did not realize we had seen that much love that recently. hopefully those guys are on to something!

  9. Bulldawg Bob2

    Bulldawg36  Steak is great. No doubt, but man.  Good ribs where you the meat just comes off the bone with no effort are hard to beat.

  10. Bulldawg Bob2

    DawgLink  Aye. Pappoe is going to be there and I imagine a couple of other players from Grayson as well.

  11. RobDawg

    Yeah I hope for better results. I just looked and her house is so close we will be able to walk same as the Vandy hoity toity donor parking lot folks will to the stadium

  12. Doc R

    RobDawg we went to the vandy game when we lost courtesy of all the targeting ejections that weren’t—-as much as I like Nashville, that one sticks with me

  13. RobDawg

    Mine is going to grad school at Lipscomb, but renting a place within sight of the Vandy soccer field and football stadium so next season I will see my first away game at Vandy

  14. Doc R

    RobDawg I just moved my daughter back from Nashville as she graduated from Belmont this spring.  Thank God that was the final move from all that

  15. Doc R

    Greg Poole 13th St is OK in my book. But next time you are in town, hop on over to Phenix City and try Hog Rock BBQ—-I think it is better by a good margin.  And they make a killer nanner puddin’

  16. RobDawg

    Yes I am headed to Athens tomorrow to move daughters stuff out of rental house for last time. Then tote it to Nashville in a few weeks.

  17. Bulldawg36

    Too bad Gurley, Sony and Chubb were never healthy at the same time!!! Maybe one day the stars will align!!!!!!!

  18. willypmd

    WillieWalden  No one and I mean no one can do it like Urban Meyer.  You think what Saban has done is incredible consider this.  Saban has 5 National championships and is 64.  Urban has 3 and is 52.  I absolutely think he is a horrible human being, but he may very well be the best football coach in the history of the sport

  19. Hobnailboot aka RobG

    Bulldawg Bob2 Hola Bob, good to have you back and even better to hear your better half is doing well

  20. DawgDaddy

    Bulldawg Bob2 Yes sir, got my great grand son here and ready to enjoy some time with him.

  21. Brooklyndawg

    Bulldawg Bob2 Hey, there, Buff, I am SOOOO thrilled to hear about Christi’s remarkable recovery, praying that it continues with zero setbacks. And you, wonderful husband that you are, she couldn’t ask for a better helpmate. Kudos to you both!

  22. 1mandawgpack

    AlphaDawg 1mandawgpack DawgByte  I hope so and agree with you that it appears that he has a lot of love for UGA.  My fear is that he has more love for the idea of living on the West coast.  We need to get that nonsense out of his head quickly (at least in the next 19 months).

  23. 1mandawgpack

    DawgLink  I agree DL – good ribs and pulled pork is tough to beat.  I don’t eat ribs too often as I end up wearing about as much as I eat, but that’s just my way of complimenting the cook.

  24. 1mandawgpack

    AlphaDawg Greg Poole  I think he’s going to be a heck of a back.  He plays HS football in the largest classification in Texas and has put up huge numbers.  He’s also a beast on special teams (kickoff and punt coverage – I’ve never seen a team’s star RB play on kickoff and punt coverage), so I have absolutely no doubt that he’s going to be a stud at UGA.  He won’t be the same type of RB that we’ve become accustomed to and spoiled by (i.e., Gurley and Chubb), but he is going to be a solid contributor for us – of that I have no doubt.  He may be my favorite back out of the “big 3” that we are recruiting hardest (him, Swift and Akers).

  25. Hobnailboot aka RobG

    1mandawgpack Greg Poole He’s probably just like me and does not care…..lol

  26. Hobnailboot aka RobG

    Score Check That would be the first time in history that kind of situation has played out in UGA’s favor

  27. AlphaDawg

    Greg Poole Well there goes that argument that he can’t break tackles and isn’t a downhill back.

  28. converted 1981

    PTCDawg DawgByte Bulldawg36 Might be better said as “CONSISTENTLY TOP TIER”…..  Not we “Could” do it this year or the next”.

  29. converted 1981

    WillieWalden How long before they Burn Down – Crier is up to his old games and it will all come to a head sooner or later.  The sooner the better for me personally —– can Not stand that guy.

  30. Joe Dawg

    Score Check  I bet RL III knows what Jacoby is going to do! They made fast friends in Athens.

  31. Joe Dawg

    Greg Poole  Had me some Beef Brisket at Gary Lee’s in Brunswick today! GL’s would be a great place to film a Man verses Food with Adam Richman! Excellent BBQ!

  32. 1mandawgpack

    AlphaDawg DawgByte  Another possibility is that if we end up taking 5 or 6 DBs in the 17 class (which is a realistic possibility given the amount of talent – 2 safes and 3 or 4 corners), then I think we will scale back significantly on DBs in the ’18 class and can be extremely selective (for example, the young man out of Jacksonville who is rated a 5* and is not considering any of the Florida schools) on who we pursue for a signing day that is 19 months away.

  33. AlphaDawg

    Bansai buckeroo Best option. I wouldn’t get excited for Stevens. Everything I’ve read has been in past tense like he’s already out of UGA’s reach

  34. 1mandawgpack

    AlphaDawg 1mandawgpack DawgByte  Agreed – or perhaps the coaches don’t like what they’ve seen (no knowledge – just stating a possibility).  I have far more faith in our coaches to evaluate talent that may or may not fit our system and “process” than the guys at Rivals, etc. who assign stars.

  35. AlphaDawg

    1mandawgpack AlphaDawg DawgByte OHHHH well nevermind. Maybe it’s just a ‘haven’t evaluated him yet’ deal

  36. 1mandawgpack

    Greg Poole  Spurrier doesn’t look too bad for an older guy, although there’s certainly room for improvement.  What puzzles me is how some of these coaches are around great athletes every day who are generally in great shape and have access to great facilities, and it doesn’t motivate them at all to do something about their physical condition.  As an example, Coach Chaney just looks unhealthy and with the environment in which he works, one would think that it would motivate him to do something about it.  I work a ton of hours and am challenged finding the time to exercise, but if the place I worked every day had great training equipment, showers, etc., I can assure you that I’d find the 45 minutes or so to do some sort of physical activity.

  37. PTCDawg

    DawgByte Bulldawg36 Dont get it. year after year after year there are talented but not elite teams that just happen to have a great year. have no idea what it is about us that makes one think we have to have 3 or 4 top 3 classes to be competitive.

  38. DawgByte

    WillieWalden However, currently they only have 1 more 5* and 1 more 4* than UGA. Where they’re killing it is the number of players in the Top 100.

  39. Brooklyndawg

    Bansai buckeroo Also makes for healthier living, why suffer cardiovascular risk over what some kids may or may not do?

  40. DawgByte

    Bulldawg36 Completely agree. We need 3 more Top Three classes building upon Kirby’s player profile before we’re playoff ready.

  41. DawgByte

    Greg, why haven’t we offered Poole’s teammate, Chris Smith? He has offers from AU and SC! He’s a 4*, seems like a no brainer.

  42. BahitsAgain

    Greg Poole WillieWalden And, you figure they will lose skills up there in the frozen tundra when they are trapped indoors 6 months of the year.

  43. Bansai buckeroo

    I’m just not going to get emotionally invested with any of these kids….if they commit….fine. If not…good luck to them…. I learned my lesson with Tunsil..

  44. Bulldawg36

    I bet he is going to bummer. Very happy that the season starts so I don’t have too worry about recruiting. We will finish with a great class. Doesn’t like we will get another recruit before the season starts, well maybe Lawerence

  45. PTCDawg

    1mandawgpack Doc R ronaldo77 Bulldawg36 Me and you 1man. We are big time minority opinion here but being wrong never kept me from being certain! :>)

    Think he could really be pivotal to our team this year either starting or off the bench. Just wish folks would wish him the best instead of piling on insults.

  46. Score Check

    What IF  Jacoby Stevens is just playing games (CBs to Bama then CBs to LSU).
    And he has every intention to commit to the G!!!!

  47. Greg Poole

    WillieWalden  Every player they get from the South is one UGA will not face during the season. Better there than Auburn.

  48. Bulldawg36

    Not for a while they won’t ba hits… It’s sad to say it but Ohio st is better than us. I don’t even know if we are one of the top 15 teams in America. Dawg till I die, but we ain’t playoff ready right now and Ohio st is.

  49. Frankly

    WillieWalden

    Still have to play it on the field but getting to the playoff will be a breeze.  Michigan will be the only challenge they have in the  Big 10.

  50. WillieWalden

    I really don’t like Ohio state but man what a class they’re putting together.. Hard to imagine the championship not going through them in the near future

  51. BahitsAgain

    Bulldawg36 They play a crappy schedule, but it is getting a little harder with Harbaugh at Meechgum.

    I hope they never make the playoffs again.

  52. AlphaDawg

    Lucas Rogers AlphaDawg Haha I can guarantee he’s getting that crystal from Lafayette.

  53. BahitsAgain

    Greg Poole Jermaine Phillips, good Dawg!   Subtly encourage the young man to be a Dawg.

  54. 1mandawgpack

    dawgmum Bulldawg36  Athens on a Sunday morning when most of the campus is still asleep (presumably from a horrific hangover – been there done that) and the local residents are all in church is better than Clemson at any point during the week, including a Friday or Saturday night.  It’s a college in the middle of nowhere with the only attraction happening during football season and during boating season.

  55. Greg Poole

    Other prospects are in McKinney’s ear to go to Georgia, including several who have not publicly announced for the Bulldogs.
    “They have,” McKinney said. “Even guys who are not committed but who are interested in Georgia have been asking me what I am going to do and trying to persuade me to commit to Georgia. Definitely, the guys who are committed to Georgia are trying to get me to join them in their commitment.”
    McKinney’s position coach in high school is former Roswell High star, Georgia standout, and NFL veteran, Jermaine Phillips
    “He said it was a great experience, but he does not really try to feed Georgia to me too much,” McKinney said. “He gives me advice, but he does not try to persuade me to go to Georgia. Wherever I go, whatever I do, he is going to support me.”
    http://georgia.247sports.com/Bolt/Uncommitted-prospects-recruiting-for-Georgia-46487353

  56. 1mandawgpack

    Doc R ronaldo77 Bulldawg36  As I’ve said on here many times, his performance last year is not necessarily a good indicator of his potential in this upcoming year.  He ran the play the coaches called and also had it drilled into his decision making to “take care of the ball” by making safe passes and trusting the pocket.  I’ve also said that outside of MM, he really didn’t have very good WR to throw to last year.  While Godwin, IM, etc. are dynamic athletes, that doesn’t translate to good WR as often times, good athletes rely too much on athletic ability and not good, clean, crisp pass patterns.  I think the coaches also realized that our OL was very mediocre last year and called short passes to help increase the chance of completions and decrease the risk of sacks.  I’m hoping that the current staff actually develops our players a bit better this year so that our athletes will become much more serious threats playing WR and our OL will play much better and help increase the effectiveness of our QB play.

  57. Bulldawg36

    He saying put Trevor on the UGA grill.. Cook em… He’s ours. I believe that’s what he is saying

  58. Greg Poole

    Bansai buckeroo  I was doing 2 things at once – both poorly. Should say he has already made his visits.

  59. Bulldawg36

    Well I visited the doc today, and my blood pressure was 167 over 95. I think that number will rise some more if Trevor commits to Clem&son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. 1mandawgpack

    Bulldawg36  Regardless of who starts, I think Chaney will try to make the first pass a nice, safe high percentage completion to help calm nerves and build confidence.

  61. Lucas Rogers

    Greg Poole in the article it says “Right now he is playing offense” Then says he is focusing on corner lol

  62. 1mandawgpack

    BroDawg Lucas Rogers  Keep in mind that CKS and staff (including LeCounte, etc.) will recruit him until NSD (or early enrollment date, if applicable) regardless of the team he chooses in the next couple of weeks.  If he chooses LSU again, I think it will be hard for him to decommit from them twice.  Nonetheless, the recruiting battle isn’t over until he’s enrolled, and a good season from the Dawgs would certainly help with some recruits who are still waiting to see if CKS’ success in a role other than head coach will carry over to him now being the top Dawg.  Win and they will come.

  63. BroDawg

    Lucas Rogers BroDawg thanks – that stinks. How our season unfolds may do a lot to help or hurt our recruiting of the guys who commit early.

  64. Greg Poole

    BroDawg Lucas Rogers  247 should lock their picks, but if they did n o of them would pick until the last minute.

  65. Bulldawg36

    National Championship again for them… Real soon. Urban is of the best ever. Hate to admit but it’s the truth

  66. BroDawg

    Lucas Rogers Morning.. I see all the folks who CB’d Jacoby to Bama last week like domino’s are now changing and doing the same thing for LSU.. Any chance we get him back on campus before his decision or you think he is sold?

  67. Doc R

    ronaldo77 Bulldawg36 In one of my game predictions that I did, I said GL would start and end up 14-17 for 77 yards, then Eason would relieve him and be 16-24 for 277 yards and 3 TD’s

  68. Doc R

    ronaldo77 Bulldawg36 I’ve been calling GL the “MASTER of the 2 yard pass”—-so you took the words out of my, uh, keyboard

  69. Lucas Rogers

    AlphaDawg Lucas Rogers I saw that lol. It’s one of the private schools up here, Baylor.

  70. ronaldo77

    Lucas Rogers Hey Lucas, just sitting here, waiting for something to happen… feels like its been forever since anything good has happened

  71. Bulldawg36

    I will say an incomplete pass into the turf of the Staduim. But I don’t think he will have a bad day. The guy is a fighter.

  72. Bulldawg36

    How will lamberts first pass of the season go vs unc? Lambert will fight to win the job baby!!!!

  73. Bulldawg36

    36 days till we kickoff fellas!!!!!!! Let’s go doggies!!!!!!!! UGA UGA UGA UGA UGA UGA

  74. AlphaDawg

    Greg Poole AlphaDawg His goal was to make it back there one way or another. Just didn’t want to make it so obvious.

  75. AlphaDawg

    BenKellam AlphaDawg Nothing will be better than watching him in the box seats when UGA is stomping a hole in that arse.

  76. BenKellam

    godawgs678 Further evidence that he is a silent commit to the good guys. He’s getting the Ben Cleveland treatment from the rating services.

  77. AlphaDawg

    DawgDaddy AlphaDawg Rusty hasn’t changed his CB, so I’m still hoping it’s the good guys.

  78. DawgDaddy

    AlphaDawg He needs to pick the good guys, no one should have to go through life wearing orange.

  79. rugbydawg79

    Greg Poole I remember the “See Willie Run” buttons     78 was a fun year !  The Rugby Team won the SEC

  80. AlphaDawg

    Just listened to Rusty on the radio in Nashville. He’s saying that if he had to tell his boss an update on TL, that UGA/Clemson is a 50/50 split. He said it’s the closest recruiting he’s seen in a very long time.

  81. godawgs678

    Who takes our 5th OL spot? I think Tony Gray is out. We seem to have cooled on him.

  82. godawgs678

    DawgDaddy Greg Poole I go to 12 Stone Church and one time sat next to him for a service. Needless to say, I did not hear a word of the sermon. I was too busy thinking baout his pass to Johnson to beat AU in the last seconds of the game…

  83. Greg Poole

    DawgLink  The headline is worse than the reality – note the term “not enforceable”
    The current guidelines, which are not enforceable rules, allow two live practices per week. The new guidelines announced Wednesday will take effect this season.
    Live practices are defined as those that involve tackling to the ground and full-speed blocking, and can occur in full or half pads. Live contact does not include thudding, in which players are not taken to the ground.
    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/17167405/ncaa-recommends-1-live-contact-practice-per-week-division-football-programs

  84. Greg Poole

    DawgLink  It’s just off-season space filler. If they cut hitting in practice, game injuries will soar. All of this will pass when we are successful in in reducing blows to the head.

  85. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole I don’t think the DBs are going to be a problem this year, lots of talent back there.  I liked this from the second article, “Alabama and LSU are better but the Bulldogs are on the next tier with Florida and Tennessee.”  

    That’s still pretty strong company.

  86. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole I was a young man then, but it doesn’t seem that long ago.  Great play.

  87. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole Sounds like we are on his short list.  Would love to have him in Athens.

  88. DawgDaddy

    Bulldawg36 LOL, maybe not, I wish Ray had been as good a coach as he was player.  I like ole Ray.