June 16, 2012

Stars shine at camp



There was plenty of talent on the field at the Mark Richt minicamp on Saturday, but a team might be able to put together the No. 1 class in the country with the players that were just watching the event.

The second-ranked commit in the country, Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster was on hand, and spent quite a bit of time with the Georgia coaches. Foster spent most of his time talking to Georgia coaches, and had several long conversations with Coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

The five star prospects is also spending the night in Athens to hang out with the Georgia players and commitments.

Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) offensive tackle [db]Laremy Tunsil, another five star prospect, made an appearance at the Woodruff Practice facility after a trip to the bookstore. Tunsil was hard to miss at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, and was sporting a UGA hat when he came out with one of his high school coaches.

A slew of UGA commits were also on hand as well. Sandy Creek defensive back Shaquille Wiggins, Camden County athlete J.J. Green, Buford offensive lineman Josh Cardiello, Walton offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow, 2014 Sandy Creek wide receiver Demarre Kitt, 2014 defensive back Nick Glass, and Butler (Matthews, N.C.) wide receiver Uriah Lemay were all in attendance to watch the prospects work out.

Big Day for TE's

There weren't any big named offensive lineman working out at the Mini Camp, but the group of tight ends was loaded. It would have been even more crowded at the position if not for a hamstring injury to Greg Taboada (Maris) during testing.

Taboada showed up in excellent shape and has an ideal frame for a tight end at the next level. He confirmed that he will be back for Dawg Night to compete when he is healthy.

Jordan Davis (Thomson) came to Athens to earn an offer and did just that. Davis's length and athleticism is off the charts, and while there were some times when he was off balance and struggled to keep his feet, he was still able to create separation and impress the UGA coaching staff enough to earn an offer.

The most impressive tight end on hand was 2014 prospect Milan Richard (Calvary Day). The Savannah native is the nephew of the great Herschel Walker, looked excellent on the hoof. Richard has the frame to add up to 40 pounds of good weight to his 6-foot-5 frame and be a complete tight end at the next level.

A couple of UGA commits impress

2014 Walton Academy running back Stanley Williams' stock is rising steadily. The speedy junior arrived at the camp looking as if he had added a few pounds of muscle and is as quick as ever.

Williams looked great in running back drills and caught the ball extremely well out of the backfield. He was a mismatch for any linebacker, and with his physical development, he could end up being more of a complete back than many initially thought.

West Laurens linebacker Johnny O'Neal also elected to compete at the camp, and did so mainly because he won't be able to attend Dawg Night on July 13.

O'Neal looked to be in excellent shape and continues to show more explosion. O'Neal is still a little tight through his hips, but was much improved than his sophomore and junior seasons and continues to work hard.

The most impressive thing about O'Neal is that he goes all out in every drill and is always the first guy in line to lead the group.

An impressive trio of underclassmen

He won't be able to sign for over two years, but Callaway defensive back Terry Godwin was one of the most impressive players on the field for the camp. At 6-feet, 170 pounds, Godwin already has excellent size for a defensive back, but his flexibility and ball skills are well advanced for his age.

Godwin has excellent length, and is extremely smooth for a defensive back in any class. If he stays healthy, there is little doubt that he will be one of the top prospects in the Peach State for 2015.

When talking about players that looked impressive physically, it would be hard to leave out Woodward Academy athlete Terry Googer.

Googer is a legitimate 6-foot-4 and has very long arms. Despite his lanky frame, Googer has a solid burst and showed great athleticism. UGA is recruiting him at receiver, and with room to grow, he will likely be a big time red zone threat at the next level with the ability to stretch the field as well.

The most impressive underclassman of the day was Albany outside linebacker Juwon Young. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Young was one of, if not the, quickest linebacker during drills, and showed and elite ability to drop his shoulder and drive in hoop drills.

The star junior has the flexibility and explosion to rush the passer, and the athleticism to play in space. These attributes have him on the short list of possible top 10 Peach State prospects for 2014.

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