July 26, 2012

Offensive recruiting Q&A

96Dawgs: "Jake, are we still recruiting running back Tyren Jones? If Derrick Henry commits to Alabama do you see a possibility of him switching assuming we are still on him?"

JR: "Georgia is still in contact with Jones and they are still recruiting him. His teammate, Brandon Kublanow, is also working on him for the Bulldogs, and all parties associated with UGA are holding out hope that they can pull him from Alabama.

"It will be interesting to see how Jones reacts if Henry commits to Alabama, but I am doubtful that anything will come of it on Jones' end for a couple of reasons. First of all, Jones committed to Alabama because he likes their system and the way they run the football. He believes he will fit well with what they do and will provide a change of pace right away. Secondly, Jones' family is also very impressed with the way Alabama has conducted his recruitment, and they would like him to stick there too.

"Folk may talk about how Kublanow working on him gives UGA a chance, but you also have to remember that Walton quarterback Parker McLeod is an Alabama commitment that is working on him to stay put. Don't rule anything out just yet, but UGA has a lot of work to do."

MiniMono: "Are we (UGA) still the team to beat for Laremy Tunsil?"

JR: "In our opinion, Georgia is the favorite for Tunsil at this time. Florida, Florida State, and Alabama are very much in the race, but those close to Tunsil have told UGASports in recent days that Tunsil still talks about his visit to Athens and his mother really likes Mark Richt and Athens in general.

Tunsil is going to take visits and look hard at other schools, but Georgia seems to have made a strong impression for him at this time. One of the things that leads us to believe that Georgia is in such strong standing for the five star offensive tackle is the fact that his interest in Georgia has remained peaked for weeks now and it doesn't appear that it has waned much, if any in the time.

Couchdawg: "If we get Brown will Tunsil go elsewhere? Also we need Bostick to commit and do you think he will?"

JR: "We think UGA is in great shape with Trenton Brown and Tunsil at this time, and we also believe those are the final two offensive linemen UGA will take in this class. Earlier in the cycle, we expressed our opinion that Brown's decision might affect Tunsil's and vice versa, but at this time we believe that Georgia has put themselves in a position to land both talented tackles to put the finishing touches on the 2013 offensive line class.

"As for Bostick, things are in a holding pattern right now. Bostick did put off his commitment due to personal reasons, and as of Tuesday, the Georgia coaching staff had yet to contact him since Dawg Night.

"Georgia is still one of Bostick's favorites at this time, and with Chris Sanders no longer and option, it could change the Plant standouts status. Bostick's Head Coach at plant, Robert Weiner, believes that Bostick wants to decide soon but also wants to make sure he is making the right decision.

Rabundawg: "If (Naim) Mustafaa, (Shaquille) Wiggins, and (Tray) Matthews decommit (they are heavily looking at other schools and multiple visits to the same schools, not like (John)Theus and others in the past just taking a single visit) who are the next in line recruits for their spots...not counting (Shaquille) Fluker and Bostick at safety who are all but ready to commit to us? Who would be the next OLB, safety, CB in line for their current spots? Where are we with Riles? He has not been showing up at UGA?"

JR: "Mustafaa has said that he will be taking his official visits, but he has also gone on the record as saying he is solid in his commitment. We do not believe, at this time, that he, Wiggins, or Matthews will decommit, but if they should, here is how we think things would shake out.

With Georgia taking Brookwood linebacker Shaun McGee, the Bulldogs could and likely would elect to use McGee on the outside and take 2012 signee Leonard Floyd, who will be returning from prep school, at outside linebacker in 2013.

"At safety, we believe the Bulldogs will most likely have to reevaluate other targets and reach beyond Bostick and Fluker to offer other prospects that catch their eye. They could elect to just sign three safeties in this class, or they could decide to go after another. The only target that comes to mind at this point is Troup safety Cortez Leonard. The Georgia coaches are familiar with Leonard as he worked out for them at the Mark Richt Mini Camp and Dawg Night. He could be next, or they could target other prospects that are off the radar.

"If Wiggins were to decommit a player to keep an eye on would be McNair cornerback Mike Minter. Minter is on UGA's radar and he has visited campus on a couple of occasions. He is a very good athlete with great length at 6-feet tall, and has the tools to be successful at the next level. He is still very raw, but if certain things happen, a UGA offer could fall in his lap.

"As for Riles, it is unclear what the situation is right now with the Archer defensive lineman. It appears that none of his top four schools, Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, or Florida would take a commitment right now for one reason or another, so he is most likely forced to take a "wait and see" approach until some things clear up with those schools. Keep an eye on Kentucky here as he does have a solid relationship with their staff."

Localdawgfan: "Several big offensive targets have committed elsewhere some think the sky is falling others believe it does not seem to matter one bit. What is your opinion?"

JR: "People have a right to their opinion, and no one should be expected to be happy about high profile players going to other schools.

"With that said, Georgia is bringing a very solid class and there are many difference makers left out there that UGA has a solid to great chance with.

"Running back Alvin Kamara (Norcoss), running back A.J. Turman (Boone; Orlando, Fla.), Tunsil, Brown, wide receiver Marquez North (Mallard Creek; Charlotte, N.C.), and wide receiver Jonathan Rumph (Holmes Community College; Wiggins, Miss.) are all big time prospects that Georgia has a solid to great chance with to finish this class on the offensive side of the ball.

"On defense, defensive linemen Kelsey Griffin (Mill Creek), Montravius Adams (Dooly), Jay Woods (Jackson), and Toby Johnson[/d]b (Hutchinson Community College; Hutchinson, Kan.) all remain on the board and are big time players with which UGA is heavily involved.

"Kell defensive back [db]Brendan Langley, Fluker and Bostick are also guys that UGA could land in this class as well. Some talent has gone elsewhere, but there is also a great deal of talent that could still choose to play football in Athens."

AthensDawg189: "Can you shed any light on the (Demarcus) Robinson situation? If I recall correctly we led early, backed off, and then decided to turn up the heat again after Dawg Night."

JR: "The situation surrounding Peach County wide receiver Demarcus Robinson is one that is still unclear. UGA did offer him early, and backed off throughout the spring and summer. Rumors of grade and character issues have been prevalent, but whatever was the case, Georgia didn't feel that it was in their best interest to pursue him at the time.

"For whatever reason, after Dawg Night, Robinson said that UGA did tell him they planned to recruit him harder, so some resolution may have been reached or there may have been a misunderstanding. He recently committed to Clemson, but if UGA continues to pursue him, and he listens, anything can still happen."

BeechwoodBigDawg: C"an you name a few off the radar players from Georgia who could have big senior years at WR, RB, or TE?

JR: "Very interesting question but there are a few names to keep an eye on.

Starting at wide receiver, a guy we really like is 2014 Wheeler wide receiver Emmanuel Beal. Beal is a very sound receiver who can stretch the field, has good size at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and solid hands. He also plays with a BCS caliber quarterback Elijah Staley who is also a 2014 recruit.

"At running back, a guy I really like is Cedar Shoals running back Adrian Washington. Washington is another rising junior this year, but has excellent size and is a bruising runner with very good speed. He was at Dawg Night and impressed Georgia coaches quite a bit. He could play running back or linebacker at the next level. Washington isn't technically under the radar due to the fact that he has an offer from Auburn already, but most people have not heard of him.

"Lambert tight end Chris Laye is another guy that has a BCS offer (Virginia) that not many people know about. Laye has an excellent frame at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, and runs really well. Based on size and athleticism alone, he is going to give high school defenses fits in his junior year, and he has the ability to put on great weight and be a big time right end at the next level as well."

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