May 26, 2016
GREENSBORO, Ga. —– A budget of $123,049,705 for fiscal year 2017, as well as $9 million for various facility-related projects, were approved by the University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors during its quarterly meeting here Thursday.
The Board also approved an average increase of 17% for donations to the 2017 Hartman Fund, the priority system to maintain season tickets and seat locations. The Hartman Fund increase is the first since 2005. More information on the Hartman Fund adjustments will be presented in greater detail in the coming days. Answers to immediate questions can be obtained by calling the Bulldog Club staff at 877-423-2947 or emailing email@example.com.
Just when you think offensive line recruiting can’t get any better!
Coach Sam Pittman has come in and transformed our offensive line recruiting. From the number of guys that we offer to the size of the recruits that we go after, he is quickly making his mark on this program. We have huge targets already committed and lead for more. It seems like we’re offering twice the amount of prospects that we used to offer, while it’s hard to find any that we’re after that are under 6’7.
This includes the highest ranked offensive lineman that UGA is in the mix for. Can Pittman bring Isaiah Wilson from New York to Athens? We just passed through to the next step of making that happen:
It never hurts your chances when you have one of your outside linebackers go #9 off the board in the 1st round of the NFL draft. It especially doesn’t hurt your chances with a certain in-state prospect when that linebacker is Leonard Floyd, the player everyone compares you to.
Such is the case with Markaviest Bryant.
Big Cat was one of the first offers made by Kirby Smart when he was more of an under the radar prospect. from Crisp County in Cordele, Georgia. It looks like that early offer has paid off, as the linebacker who is now ranked as a 4*, is very high on the Dawgs.
As everyone knows, recruiting is all about momentum. Since the Dawgs offered 4* receiver Jeremiah Holloman, we’ve had a good bit of momentum.
It’s been enough that he’s named UGA his leader, while rumors are always going around that heis one of our silent commits. He has said that he isn’t multiple times, just as he has said that he is not transferring to Grayson.
Already transferring to play for new coach Jeff Herron are Jamyest Williams, Breon Dixon, Deangelo Gibbs, and Tony Gray.
We talked yesterday about UGA leaving no stone unturned when recruiting. How we’re looking very good with o-line recruiting, but continue to put offers out in case something happens and having a plan A, B, C, D, and E.
Well, that contiues to stand true and even stronger, as the Dawgs have offered another 2017 offensive lineman this week.
This one also fits the narrative on being able to play bigger and longer on the offensive line. Just for kicks, Pittman has brought in the following – 6’6 325 Ben Cleveland and 6’5 350 Solomon Kindley in the 2016 class. We have 6’3 345 pound Netori Johnson and 6’5 350 pound Justin Shaffer already committed for 2017.
Being 6’0 215 pounds gives Kirby Smart and company different options on where to play Breon Dixon at the next level. While it looks like that’s what held our last staff from offering the 4* LB, it didn’t take Kirby Smart long to put out an offer. It also didn’t take long for Dixon to accept the offer. We’ve said this about a couple of guys, but sometimes you just have to bring guys in and figure it out later because they just make plays.
Dixon and Richard LeCounte have formed a formidable recruiting duo. In fact, we could set up a friendly competition on who can help bring in the most recruits. Of course Dixon does have a built in advantage with everyone transferring in to Grayson, but Jamyest Williams, Deangelo Gibbs, and Tony Gray aren’t the only prospects he is on.
May 26, 2016
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Everything clicked for the No. 16 seed Georgia Bulldogs (44-18) on Thursday night, as Georgia won game one of the Gainesville Super Regional 3-0 over No. 1 Florida (56-6).
It was the first time since the Super Regional format came into play in 2005 that a No. 1 seed fell in the opening game while it was Georgia’s first win in Super Regional since winning game two at Tennessee in 2012.
The Bulldogs are now one win away from going to the Women’s College World Series, as Georgia’s last appearance in Oklahoma City was in 2010 after making its inaugural trip in 2009.
May 26, 2016
TULSA, Okla. — Georgia’s seventh-ranked men’s tennis team concluded action at the 2016 NCAA Championships on Thursday as singles player Wayne Montgomery and the doubles duo of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland fell in tough matches at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Montgomery, who finishes the 2016 season with 27 singles victories, dropped a 6-2, 6-0 match to ninth-ranked and NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia.
May 26, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Four Georgia track and field members earned an invitation to the NCAA Championships in two weeks and another four advanced to quarterfinal rounds during the opening day of the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday.
Junior Alex Poursanidis and freshman Denzel Comenentia punched their ticket to Nationals in the men’s hammer throw while senior Chanice Porter and sophomore Keturah Orji qualified for the final round of the long jump in the meet’s opening day.
In addition, sophomore Katie Stone (100-meter dash), junior Maurice Freeman (400m) and seniors Christian Harrison and Kisean Smith (800m) all put themselves in Friday’s quarterfinals.
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It would be hard for anyone to argue that UGA’s receiver recruiting looks much better in the limited amount of time under the new staff.
Not only do we have commitments from two in-state receivers in Xavier Jenkins and Trey Blount, we are also in the lead for Jeremiah Holloman. On top of that, we’re right in the thick of it for 6’5 Alabama receiver Nico Collins adn 6’5 Florida receiver Matt Landers.
Another 6’5 receiver, that happens to be the #1 receiver in the nation, just named UGA in his top group. It has seemed like a BIG Clemson lean for a while, but do the Dawgs have a legit shot here?
UGA was able to get D’Andre Swift on campus twice this spring from Philadelphia. This was huge and really gave us a good bit of momentum heading into the summer.
Something else that gave us some momentum was offering 2017 4* receiver Mark Webb. Also from Philly, the two are very interested in playing together at the next level. This really doesn’t seem like one of those “package deals” where the recruits play it up in interviews and on social media, then eventually just go where they want to go.
Swift is now officially getting closer to deciding where he wants to go, as he posted his top 5 on twitter last night.
This summer and the visits that are made will be critical for UGA in our pursuit of 5* running back Cam Akers. The Dawgs are getting off to a good start with the 5’11 215 being on and off campus from Friday until Monday.
It really looks like the one time Alabama commit is pretty open in his recruitment, as he is just starting to break his list down. They have mentioned making a silent commitment when Akers is ready and revealing his choice at the US Army All American game right before he enrolls early.
For now we’ll have to settle for a top 10, which of course includes the Dawgs!
This coaching staff continues to expand their recruiting outreach and will absolutely leave no stone unturned.
Although we already have 2 guard commits, lead for 2 tackles, and are in the thick of it for the top JUCO tackle, the staff continues to put out offers. Many times we have been left standing at the altar by recruiting “surprises” and what seemed to be no backup plan.
It doesn’t look like that will be the case this time around. Kirby Smart and company are searching the contry near and far for the top talent to bring to Athens, including a recent offer to this 6’7 300 pound offensive lineman.
Three of our nine commits were once committed to another team. Offensive lineman Justin Shaffer flipped from Louisville to the Dawgs, while both Jake Fromm and Netori Johnson were once committed to Alabama. While we’ll continually work on flipping other teams’ commits, one that we may have a chance of getting is Aaron Sterling.
The big defender has an absolute motor that you just can’t teach. He has been committed to Alabama since Christmas and says he is solid. He has visited UGA a couple of times and will likely be back. The biggest news lately was his position coach Bo Davis being let go. He seems to like the new hire, but it’s always smart to see how these situations work out.