UGA has been on 5* DB Tyreke Johnson since the 8th grade. That’s long enough that he used to show off the ‘G’ in different ways on Friday game nights.
The 6’1 180 pounder was no stranger to Athens this summer, while his last visit to Athens was for the Tennessee game. Playing for Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, he could end up at the WLOCP unless he already has plans to visit elsewhere.
Very early on FSU seemed to have the inside track on the 5* DB, but that probably went away with his brother being let go from the team. UCLA has definitely been another program he has been high on recently, while UGA is really in this one.
One good thing about this off week is we have a good chance to try and get things calmed down and back on track. Another great thing about a bye week is the recruiting visits we get to take.
It’s normal for coaches to head out the Friday night before a game to high school games of our top targets. This is especially true when we have a home game, which allows the coaches to hit the road and then come quickly back to Athens. The bye week allows us to go check out the games of our top out of state prospects.
There’s no way Sam Pittman could head to a game in new York to see a guy like Isaiah Wilson and make it back in time to be fresh for UGA’s game on Saturday. But he can do it on a bye week, like he did last night!
The state of Texas is known for the high profile prospects that come out of the state year in and year out. It is actually one of the states that you could put ahead of Georgia as far as the number of recruits that come out and the high ranking.
Of course it is always hard to swing the best players out of Texas, as they have so many in-state schools to choose from as well as Oklahoma. It’s even harder when the Longhorns are good.
UGA has actually been spending a good bit of time (definitely more than before) recruiting the state, with offers and visits. Just this week we offered 2018 4* receiver Joshua Moore, while another 2018 4* receiver reported an offer from the Dawgs yesterday.
Blessed Trinity at Marist
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hughes Spalding Stadium, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Blessed Trinity is 6-2 overall, 2-0 in Region 7-AAAA and No. 6; Marist is 5-2, 1-0 and No. 10.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Blessed Trinity has played varsity football only since 2001, but it is still remarkable that these Catholic schools have never played each other. This is almost certainly for the region championship as the region’s other three teams – White County, Chestatee and West Hall – have been blown out when playing the front-runners. 2. Blessed Trinity’s leading rusher Steele Chambers (908 yards), passer Jake Smith (781 yards) and receiver Ryan Davis (335 yards) are sophomores. Chambers and Parham are also among the leading tacklers. Sophomore DL J.R. Bivens leads the team in sacks. Sophomore LB Jake Bertrand was preseason all-state but has played only two games because of injury. He returns Friday. 3. Marist averages 259.4 yards rushing per game (and allows only 89.6). Marist has completed only 17 of 57 passing attempts. QB Jack Dinges (97 carries, 689 yards, seven touchdowns) and RB Michael Addicks (88-572-9) are the primary runners. Top defenders include LB David Sharkey (team-leading 33 tackles, three forced fumbles), DB Drew Geeslin (three interceptions, blocked kick) and DT Thomas Snipes (four sacks, 10 QB hurries).
Oct. 21, 2016
ATHENS, Ga. — The SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, SEC Nation, will be heading to Jacksonville, Fla., for the first time next week for the annual showdown between Georgia and Florida on Oct. 29.
SEC Nation usually airs live from a different SEC campus each Saturday starting at 10 a.m. University of Georgia graduate Maria Taylor, Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum and reporter Laura Rutledge host the network’s traveling pregame show.
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Oct. 20, 2016
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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s Yante Maten has been named to the watch list for the 2017 Karl Malone Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top power forward by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Maten, a 6-8, junior from Pontiac, Mich., is the only SEC player on the ledger. Last season, he averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs and was the only player in the SEC to rank among the league’s top-10 leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. Maten was one of the nation’s “breakout” players during 2015-16, when he more than tripled his scoring average from his freshman year (5.0 ppg) and nearly doubled his rebounding efforts (from 4.3 rpg).
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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia soccer played its best game of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels Thursday night at the Turner Soccer Complex. With the win, Georgia improves to 5-10-1 on season with a 2-7 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Ole Miss falls to 9-8, 4-5 SEC.
Marion Crowder scored her seventh goal of the season, marking the 28th of her career, which ties her for third in Georgia history for career goals.
This is the fourth shutout victory of the season for Georgia goalkeeper, Louise Hogrell, putting her at fifth in the Georgia record books for career shutouts with 14.
Oct. 21, 2016
ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia Equestrian team will host a “Pink Meet” against UT Martin on Saturday in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
“I’m really excited, I think this is the first time we have ever done a meet dedicated to breast cancer,” said junior, Horsemanship rider Bailey Anderson. “It is a little personal for me because my mom and grandmother are both survivors of this cancer. My mom just recently beat breast cancer, so I am really excited to do something in their honor.”
Georgia didn’t lose to Vanderbilt because of talent, bad luck, special teams, or the screen pass. It lost because Kirby and Chaney want to be a run-first team, and they kept running the ball over and over on first and second down despite horrible results, and despite our success passing the ball. Indeed, Eason would quietly have his best game of the year. Georgia averaged under 2 yards per carry on first down, but Georgia again and again went back to its running backs.
Kirby said after the game that he wanted to not be predictable by going “pass-pass-run.” The only problem is that Georgia did not go “pass-pass” until the end of the first half and the end of the second half. Instead, Chaney and Kirby are insisting on doing things their way, and ran the ball futility all game, netting only a single touchdown and a handful of field goals. The result was a loss to Vanderbilt, an incredible loss of goodwill from Georgia fans, and serious question marks about the future.
James Coley is known as a premier recruiter, especially with his connections in south Florida. The UGA receivers coach has done a good job so far of getting top talent committed to the Dawgs.
He was the main reasons we were able to get Riley Ridley on campus the same weekend he decided to commit and enroll early.
He’s also been able to get a trio of receivers committed in the 2017 class. Although Mark Webb, Trey Blount, and Matt Landers would be a good receiver group alone, UGA has two huge targets left on the board. One of these targets has been in Athens and to see UGA a good bit already, but was on campus again yesterday.
Sitting with a record of 4-3 after 7 games, it’s obvious UGA has plenty of ways that we need to get better. Many say that there’s lack of talent in certain positions, while others say that’s no excuse to lose to Vanderbilt and almost lose to Nicholls.
We believe they are both right and we believe one way to get batter in all areas is through recruiting.
UGA currently has the #3 ranked team in the nation, behind the ridiculous classes from Alabama and Ohio State. LSU has crept up on the Dawgs for the #3 spot without either program gaining or losing a recruit, but the Dawgs have 4 less total recruits.
One of our highest rated prospects made news lately when he decided to take his official visits.
The issue that is talked about most often as far as UGA’s receivers are concerned is the need to get taller and longer at the position. Of course we’re looking to take care of that in the 2017 class with all 3 commits standing 6’2 or taller. Our top two remaining uncommitted targets are 6’2 and 6’5.
After this season we’ll also very likely be concentrating on prospects that have great hands, as we have seen WAY TOO MANY dropped balls this season.
Of course you still need to get some of the Terry Godwin types in as well. That is, a versatile playmaker that can get down the field, can create his own space, and run in space. The Dawgs recently offered a prospect from Texas with these attributes.
Cartersville QB Lawrence takes over lead
Jake Fromm of Houston County or Aubrey Solomon of Lee County has led GHSF Daily’s Player of the Watch each week this season, until now.
With their teams losing last week, they face longer odds.
Fromm’s trouble is that his team isn’t likely to make the playoffs. Houston County, ranked No. 1 two weeks ago, has lost consecutive region games in a five-team region. Unless the Bears beat No. 1 Valdosta or No. 2 Northside, they are out.