February 8, 2012

Recruiting Q&A

Q: (Chris Hollingsworth): It seems as though several of our 2013 targets have some very close ties or friendships to each other. Which of these relationship/friendships do you see helping us with people committing to go to school together?

Jake Rowe: "I see a couple of relationships really helping UGA in this class. The first being the well documented friendship between Newnan safety Tray Matthews and Troup County linebacker Reuben Foster. When coaches can't contact Foster, Matthews will. Matthews will be able to make pitches to Foster that other coaches can't. The two want to play together, and there is very little chance of Matthews switching to Alabama.

"Another relationship that will help UGA is Yulee (Fla.) athlete Derrick Henry's relationship with Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. These two are also very close and UGA is in much better shape with Tunsil than many realize. Tunsil and Henry are friends and, as is the case with Matthews and Foster, Henry can recruit Tunsil when no one else can. I'm not saying Foster and Tunsil end up at Georgia, but their relationships with UGA commitments give Georgia a better chance than they would otherwise have."

Q: (TDawg2345) Who could our next 2013 commitment be? There have been rumblings about Demarcus Robinson and you said in your 'Defensive Targets' article that Johnny O'Neal is down to us and GT. Do you think Taj Letman could commit on the spot if he gets an offer?

Jake Rowe: "UGA's next commitment could come from a variety of places. North Gwinnett offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour has long been thought to be a strong Georgia lean. Walton offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow is another that could commit to Georgia in the near future. Neither are locks, but Georgia is the team to beat for both."West Laurens linebacker Johnny O'Neal could jump on board soon as well, although it seems as if he will wait a few months and commit in June or July. We expect Georgia to get a commitment before then.

Q (Zack Gable): Do you think we can flip Foster and if you do, why do you think that? Who are some of the out of state prospects we have a real shot with? Do you see this class filling up rather quick, or do you see some signing day battles?

Jake Rowe: "I do think Georgia has a solid chance of flipping Foster. Foster loves the Georgia staff, and he is still listening. Matthews, as I mentioned before, will play a big role in this as well. Georgia also has the ability to offer playing time right away. I would call is a 50/50 battle right now.

"When it comes to out of state prospects, I think Georgia has a good shot with Tunsil, Goose Creek (S.C.) wide receiver Tramel Terry, and Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fla.) wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood. We talked about Tunsil earlier, and Georgia has been recruiting him hard for some time. Terry is a former Georgia commitment that the UGA staff has also spent a ton of time with. Fulwood is a guy that has a strong love and respect for Head Coach Mark Richt, and loves how Georgia uses their receivers. All are guys that Georgia staff is recruiting hard, and all really like UGA at this time.

"This class should fill up earlier than the last two signing classes, but there will be a couple of signing day battles. Most of Georgia's class should be in by Christmas, with a few guys announcing in the New Year and through signing day. I can definitely see UGA being done on the offensive line by the end of the summer, or very close, and right now, I would predict Georgia to have at least a dozen commitments by the start of the 2013 season. Things change, however, but Georgia is in good shape with several in state targets, and a few offensive linemen to be more specific.

Q (Andy Dent): Tunsil is the obvious choice to be the top player in FL next year. Where do you think Henry will rank? When should we expect more CB offers to go out and who do you expect to get them?

Jake Rowe: "I'm not sure where Henry will be ranked in the state of Florida, but I'm pretty sure he will be a top 50 player in the country. He has elite skills and premium size, so that makes him a player with a ton of potential. As far at Florida goes, I'll take a guess and say in the top seven.

"As far as offers at cornerback, they could go out at any time. You could see them really start to fly out in the next couple of weeks to guys like Bleckly County defensive back Derrick Farrow, who will play cornerback at the next level, and Jaylon Myers at GMC. Both of those guys are definitely on UGA's radar, and both are over 5-foot-10, and around 200 pounds, so they fit Georgia's ideal mold for a cornerback.
Aaron Moore: With Henry's size and athleticism is he more suited to play ILB or will he be a big RB? Would he be ok with a move to defense? Including him would UGA bring in two more RBs this cycle?
Jake Rowe: Henry can do whatever he wants at the next level. He could play tight end, running back, outside linebacker, or inside linebacker. Georgia is going to give him a chance to play running back, and I believe that is a wise choice. I wouldn't say this often, but even with his size, he still has the ability to be a legitimate SEC running back. He has the instincts and fluidity at the position to be successful He is explosive, and runs with power despite his higher center of gravity. He might be ok with a move to defense, but only if he gets a shot at running back first, and Georgia has committed to making that happen.
I think Georgia would be content to bring in Henry and one more running back in this cycle that is complimentary to him. Right now, I don't see Elbert County's Tyshon Dye being that guy. They have offered, but I don't think they are going to keep pursuing him as an option at running back. I think they go harder after Walton running back Tyren Jones or Norcross speedster Alvin Kamara. Both are big play threats that make people miss and can flex out and be dangerous in the passing game."

Q (DawgWCK): Is it true that UGA is still going after a Mario Alford for this year at DB? Great coverage this year, what was the biggest surprise from your perspective that we got and did not get based on your conversations?

Jake Rowe: "I know that UGA has made some contacts regarding Mario Alford, but no offer has been extended yet. Alford told me a few days ago that he was being looked at as a wide receiver and return man, so I don't know if defensive back is an option.

The guy I was most surprised to see Georgia sign would be a toss up between Harris County outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and Tucker outside linebacker Josh Dawson. Sure, there was plenty of smoke leading up to both of their announcements that said UGA would be the team, but if you had asked me mid season if UGA would sign either of these guys, I would have said no. I think UGA did a great job getting both players.

"The biggest surprise for a player to not sign with Georgia was Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. In the days leading up to signing day, I was almost certain that Georgia was the team. I had all sorts of reliable information telling me that he had informed coaches that he was going to UGA. Then, the day before Signing Day, I started hearing rumblings about Patterson and Tennessee. I received a call that night that let me know that Patterson had already signed with Tennessee, and that was the end of it. Odd set of circumstances.

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