GJDM – 2015 UGA Recruiting Progress Report

Requirements for Continued Recruiting Success In 2015

We are nearing the end of the recruiting cycle and Georgia has secured 26 public commitments to date. Here is a brief break down of how we are doing so far and some goals for the last few weeks of the cycle:


This was Hutson Mason’s lone year as the Georgia QB. There are three scholarship quarterbacks after this season and there is a phenomenal 2016 prospect committed in Jacob Eason. At this time there is still no need to bring in a scholarship quarterback in 2015.

Success: Not applicable.
Failure: If there is an change in the quarterback situation and we fail to adapt.

Junior college back Chris Carson is the sole committed running back in this cycle. The former Parkview running back is one of the top JUCO backs in the country and should contribute to the rotation next season.

Success: Keeping Carson committed and getting him into UGA.
Failure: Not adding a running back in the cycle.
Extra credit: Adding a good all-purpose back to the class.

Georgia’s wide receiver class consists of Michael Chigbu and Jayson Stanley, as well as several athletes who will play receiver next season. Stanley is a burner with great size and looks to rebound from an early season ACL injury. Chigbu is a big receiver and should be physically ready to play early on.

Success: Maintain the current wide receiver class.
Failure: None. We currently have several quality athletes committed who might play receiver, so we are able to compensate for any players that do not enroll at Georgia.
Extra credit: Land another very good receiver.

Georgia has one of the best tight ends in the country in Jackson Harris. Harris has the tools to be a very solid all-around tight end for us in the near future. It does not appear that we are looking for a second tight end at this time due to the addition of Joseph Ledbetter.

*Success: Keeping Harris committed.
Failure: None.

*Achieved- Harris has enrolled at UGA after playing in the Semper Fidelis Bowl.

There are three publicly committed offensive linemen in Sam Madden, Sage Hardin, and DeVondre Seymour (from JUCO). Hardin will most likely need a redshirt year to develop, but Seymour could step right in and compete. Newest commit Sam Madden definitely has the size to play early but will likely need some time to adjust to the SEC.

Success: Adding another quality offensive line prospect and keeping our current commits.
Failure: Losing a commitment from the current group and failing to land a quality replacement.
Incomplete: Bringing in only three linemen in this cycle.
Extra credit: None.

DL- Interior
There are four interior defensive line prospects committed to Georgia, including two who have enrolled early. Jonathan Ledbetter has all of the tools to excel at the next level and has been joined in Athens by South Carolina’s Michael Barnett. Justin Young is one of the lesser heralded recruits in the class and is still going to be an issue for opposing lines. The big star in the class is some cat named Trenton Thompson. I think he is supposed to be good.

*Success: Bringing in a class of at least 3 good to very good players, including Big Jolly.
Failure: Losing Trent Thompson.
Incomplete: Only adding 2 players in this recruiting cycle.
Extra credit: None.

*Achieved – This position group is very strong as a whole. If this is any indicator of Coach Tracy Rocker’s recruiting prowess, I would start getting excited about ’16 as well.

DL- Pass Rushers
Georgia has 3 players committed that I consider mainly pass rushers in Chauncey Rivers, D’Andre Walker, and Natrez Patrick. This group of Georgia boys can flat out get after the QB. Patrick is the lone EE for this position group.

Success: Maintaining the current commit group.
Failure: Adding less than three pass rushers in this class.
Incomplete: Not applicable.
Extra credit: None

Gary McRae and Juwan Taylor were the first two linebacker commits this cycle. They were joined by Chuks Amaechi from an Arizona JUCO. Natrez Patrick and D’Andre Walker are certain to get some snaps at outside linebacker as well. The group is still lacking a stud interior linebacker and his name is Roquan.

Success: Adding at least one more quality linebacker to this class.
Failure: Not landing Roquan Smith.
Incomplete: Failing to add another linebacker in this class.
Extra credit: Adding Smith and another very good linebacker.

There is a large group of defensive backs committed to the Bulldogs at the moment. Pruitt’s two early enrollees are both from the state of Mississippi, Jarvis Wilson and Johnathan Abram. The rest of the strong DB class (so far) is made up of Rashad Roundtree, Deandre Baker, Juwuan Briscoe, and Deontai Williams. These defensive backs will bring a much needed influx of talent to the Georgia secondary in the coming season(s).

*Success: Bringing in a class of at least 4 dedicated DBs.
Failure: Anything less than success. No Rashad Roundtree is not acceptable.
Incomplete: Not possible because…. Jeremy Pruitt.
Extra credit: Flipping back Rico McGraw.

*Achieved – This is a great group so far, with the potential to be even better come NSD. Pruitt has done a really solid job.

There are three athletes who could play on either side of the ball currently pledged to the Dawgs. Terry Godwin is the headliner and he is joined by Darius Slayton and Shaquery Wilson. Godwin has All-SEC potential on both sides of the ball. Wilson was offered by Pruitt first as a defensive back but he could play wide receiver as well. Darius Slayon has the makings of a dynamic wideout but could play defense in a pinch.

Success: Maintain the current class of athletes.
Failure: Having an athlete class with less than two prospects.
Incomplete: None.
*Extra credit: Securing a commitment from Darius Slayton or another very good athlete.

*Achieved – Barring a de-committment, Georgia will earn extra credit for landing a special group of athletes.


Recruiting Cycle Benchmarks
-One failure or less.
-Two incompletes or less.
-Earn extra credit for at least two position groups.


What qualifies as a “good commit” – A good commit is typically a consensus 3* recruit with a single digit offer list. They are generally a top 75 player in the state of Georgia (or Florida).
‘14 Examples: Jake Edwards, Gilbert Johnson

What qualifies as a “very good commit” – A very good commit is among the best at his position in the region and typically one of the better prospects in the state. Most 4* players would fall under this category. If the player is as not highly ranked then they can possess certain attributes than make them especially desirable.
‘14 Examples: Malkom Parrish, Dyshon Sims

What qualifies as an “elite commit”? – A 5* or very high 4* player who is the best of the best. Usually a Top 100 type of a player with a massive list of quality offers.
‘14 Examples: Lorenzo Carter, Sony Michel

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Socrates: Thank you Mike Bobo


Mike Bobo yesterday became the head football coach with the Colorado State Rams after a long and often contentious career as Offensive Coordinator at UGA since 2007. You always seem to have the Bobo haters and the Bobo supporters and they were often the same folks, who would vacillate either way based on the game performance. Mike could be polarizing to the fan base, but to many of us he was the heart and soul of UGA football. Small town kid, coaching father and even today one of the most proficient quarterbacks in UGA history.

Mike was also a heck of a Quarterback coach since 2001, guys like Greene, Shockley, Stafford and Murray were all developed under Mike’s tutelage. Others quarterbacks did fair so well Joe T III, Joe Cox, Logan Gray come to mind. This season Hutson Mason was accurate and threw few interceptions, but many expected more from Hutson.

Coach Bobo in his early OC days was…… well……despised by much of the fan base. “Bozo” was more common to read on boards then his god given name of Bobo. His running game was non-existent at times, and his playcalling especially with Carlton Thomas constantly running between guard and tackle (for little or no gain) drove the fan base nuts.

Back on the old LHB days I wrote about Mike in these less successful times and wrote that he biggest problem was his lack of “feel” during a football game. Instinct seemed to be trumped by this necessity to achieve balance in the running and passing game. So after the disastrous 2010, the fan base was calling for his head and Coach Richt’s, these were not the best of times in Athens. Things improved for Mike in the 2011 season.

Aaron Murray with a year under his belt, came back and had terrific years in 2011-13. As Murray improved, seemed that Coach Bobo developed as an OC along with him. The offense’s gained more yardage, scored more points then anytime in history. Thanks in part to the hire of Will Friend and improved play of the Offensive Line, plus a stable of super running backs, this season balance was thrown off kilter and Georgia became a top rushing team nationally. Bobo had arrived to the top of the SEC as an OC and other teams of course took notice.

Mike was ready to be a head coach. Thirteen seasons in Athens, Mike was so ready. We have been lucky to have Mike during these years, little doubt we have watched Coach Mike Bobo develop and mature and we wish him well.

When the Redcoat band plays the Battle Hymn of the Republic this fall, remember Mike Bobo knows that fight song, because that song meant to him what it does to all of us. A great Bulldog will be missed in Athens.

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Jake Ganus to UGA


Former UAB linebacker and leading tackler Jake Ganus has committed to transfer to UGA. Disbanding the UAB football program put a lot of quality players in a tight spot. After playing with his brothers at UAB, Jake Ganus suddenly found himself without a team. He looked to UGA for the solution.


Losing Armalo Herrera and Ramik Wilson after this year puts UGA in a situation where A LOT of young guys will have to play early at the two inside linebacker positions. It’s a no-brainer to bring in a D1 player with experience and especially on that led his team in tackles the previous year. Ganus had 70 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 6 sacks, and a fumble recovery that he returned 56 yards for a TD his junior year. Jake tells us that he can enroll early and not count against one of UGA’s coveted EE spots. Obviously, he will count against the 85 man limit. Jake was also being heavily recruited by Marshall.

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Best case scenario, and what Jake will be striving for, is having Ganus come in and earn a starting job at one of the ILB spots. Worst case scenario is Jake provides quality depth at a thin position, earns a spot on special teams, and becomes a senior leader of a young position group. Either way, join us in welcoming the newest Georgia Bulldawg! Welcome Jake Ganus!!! DAWGSONTOP

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Recruit Spotlight: 2015 CB Kareem Orr

Photo Courtesy of Hudl

Photo Courtesy of Hudl

Notre Dame High School (Chattanooga, TN) three-star cornerback Kareem Orr recently received an offer from the Georgia Bulldogs. The 6-foot, 190-pound standout was offered by Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Orr is currently ranked as the No. 113 cornerback in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He holds nearly 20 offers, including ones from Georgia, Clemson, Mississippi State and Indiana. The talented two-way player does have a handful of schools at the the top of his list.

“Arizona State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Mississippi State, Clemson and Indiana, in no particular order,” Orr told Field Street Forum.

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Some recruiting news to start our day off:

-2016 TE Isaac Nauta is announcing in mid December, choices seem to be Ole Miss, USCe, UGA, FSU……UGA has come on very strong here

-Marlon Character Ath 2016 has told Jake Reuse that he has trimmed his list to three Alabama, UGA and Ole Miss and he is to announce later this month

-Looks like Khalil Ladler 2016 #2 CB according to Rivals has also trimmed his list down to three FSU, LSU, UGA likely will not decide until next season

-Van Jefferson commit is really shaky right now, UTk and possibly the new coach at UF will have something to say about this before it is over.

-No word yet on Slayton

-Georgia did not make a big push for Juwaun Briscoe on his visit

-Vasser is being left behind and will announce for Texas likely very soon, concern of Vasser’s is they do not have the numbers to allow him to EE

-Sweat and Huggins remain our two top targets if there is room to EE, on Huggins no word yet on how his OV went at Clemson

-Breaking news Shaqery Wilson has solidified his commit to UGA and Josh Sweat scheduled an in home visit with UGA coaches and Huggin has inhome with Coach Ekeler today

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