Here’s where recruiting gets fun!
UGA currently has 23 commits in the 2017 class. According to who you talk to, we have a total of 3-4 spots remaining. One of these spots will very likely go to a defensive lineman, with Aubrey Solomon likely having a spot until after national signing day if he wants it. Another of these spots looks like it will go to a cornerback. We have 4 CB’s on campus this past weekend.
Another one of these spots will very likely go to a linebacker, with Markaviest Bryant and Leonard Warner being the top two targets left on the board. Bryant has two official visits left this week, one to Arkansas before spending the weekend at Auburn.
Warner has taken his official visits and is set to decide this week.
JUCO defensive lineman Larrell Murchison arrived in Athens for his official visit without an offer from the Dawgs. The 6’4 275 pounder left UGA with an offer in hand!
Now he get to visit Ole Miss next weekend and then decide where he wants to spend his next 2-3 years of college football.
Normally you’d think there isn’t a big chance when a committed prospect leaves an OV and has another visit left to the team he is committed to. This recruitment may be different, especially after what Murchison said after his visit to UGA.
This weekend is further proof that this recruiting thing is a 24/7 deal. While everyone is concentrated on the 2017 class and national signing day for obvious reasons, UGA is also hosting 2018 recruits.
One of our first big junior days will be on February 11th, 10 days after NSD. You can be sure that most of the top in-state prospects will be in town, even the ones that have visited multiple times.
One prospect that has been in Athens multiple times was here again this weekend. While he doesn’t currently have an offer, watch out when the Dawgs pull the trigger with one!
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ATHENS — Despite a late run in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs (10-9, 2-4) dropped their first home SEC competition of the season against the Florida Gators (10-9, 1-5) 76-68 at Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
With a little more than eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Georgia exploded to a 14-point run to shave the Florida advantage from 17 points to three at 60-57. In that time, redshirt senior guard Pachis Roberts tallied eight of Georgia’s points. The Lady Bulldogs continued to threaten the Florida lead as junior guard Simone Costa nailed a 3-pointer to bring the score within one with 1:31 to go in the game. However, Georgia was unable to overtake the lead in the final minute.
“We are a team that sometime shoots them well and sometimes we don’t,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said. “What I think impacted the game the most for us was our defense intensity coming out of the locker room at halftime. That’s when Florida had their big run. We just didn’t look like we were very interested in playing defense the way we did in the first and second quarter and in the fourth. When you play against any team in the league, especially a team like Florida that’s going to be aggressive on both ends of the floor, you can’t go down and just let them be comfortable when they run things offensively.”
Jan. 22, 2017
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Hudson Swafford won the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, following three straight birdies with a closing par for a one-stroke victory.
Swafford shot a 5-under 67 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to finish the pro-am event at 20-under 268. The 29-year-old former Georgia player earned $1,044,000 and his first spot in the Masters.
“They don’t give them away out here. It’s not easy,” Swafford said. “I’ve been close. I’ve been in the heat lately. Just keep putting myself in position, and this just feels unbelievable.”
Adam Hadwin came back with a 70 after his third-round 59 to finish second. Brian Harman, another former Georiga standout, and Bud Cauley each shot 69 to tie for third at 18 under.
Jan. 21, 2017
By John Frierson
UGAAA Staff Writer
There was zero drama in Nathan Ponwith’s singles match Friday. Well, for a while everyone wondered if the Georgia men’s tennis freshman was going to lose even a game.
A collegiate dual-match debuts go, Ponwith’s went staggeringly well. But he wasn’t alone among the sixth-ranked Bulldogs’ youngsters shining in the spring season opener Friday night at Georgia Tech.
With a lineup that featured two freshmen, three sophomores and a junior, the Bulldogs took down the Yellow Jackets 5-2. It was the underclassmen that delivered all the points in Georgia’s 30th win in the past 31 matches against Tech.
Playing indoors at Tech’s Ken Byers Tennis Complex despite the spring-like weather outside, in front of a capacity crowd of several hundred, Ponwith didn’t show much in the way of nerves. Neither did fellow rookie Loeb.
In doubles, Ponwith teamed with sophomore Walker Duncan at No. 2 and comfortably dispatched Tech’s Daniel Yun and Michael Kay, 6-2. Georgia clinched the doubles point at No. 1, where Loeb and sophomore Jan Zielinski had to work to beat Tech’s Christopher Eubanks and Carlos Benito, 6-4.
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This weekend is a pretty big recruiting weekend for the Dawgs, as we’re hosting a big group of commits and prospects.
There were a total of 6 commits scheduled to be in town, a couple of top targets, and a couple of flip candidates. Of course no one is really talking to them while they’re on their visits, but that’s the fun of social media and recruiting. Many times these guys post what they’re doing in real time.
Check out what the guys have been up to!
The in-state 2018 class is pretty top heavy with elite recruits, but it isn’t quite as deep as the 2017 class and the 2019 class. For this reason, there will likely be more offers go out to prospects from other states.
One thing Kirby Smart is trying to do is make UGA more of a national presence in recruiting. That’s not quite as necessary as other places do to our location, but it’s still important to scour the country for top prospects.
You may see a handful from the other side of the country, but we’ll likely concentrate in places like North Carolina and Florida.
Jan. 21, 2017
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Georgia Bulldogs (12-7, 4-3) succumbed to a late Texas A&M (10-8, 2-5) charge and a clock malfunction that robbed Georgia of a last chance opportunity to drop a 63-62 contest Saturday afternoon at Reed Arena in College Station.
“Evidently, the clock stopped with 5.6 seconds and the clocked stopped for longer than 5.6 seconds,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox began to explain. “So when J.J. (Frazier) looked up to see how much time he had to make a play, he sees time on the clock and makes a pass and Yante (Maten) draws a foul. But they (the referees) said when they timed it by a stop watch, it stopped longer than what was left in the game and that the game should have been over.”
After a long review period, the game was called final and the Aggies escaped with the win in which Georgia controlled for majority of the game. The Bulldogs led by as many as nine points with two minutes remaining in the contest before Texas A&M rallied off 10 straight points. Georgia had the ball with 20 seconds remaining and a chance to tie or take the lead then the clock malfunction scenario unfolded.
Junior forward Yante Maten supplied Georgia with team-high 19 points, while senior guard J.J. Frazier chipped in 11 points. Redshirt junior guard Juwan Parker grabbed team-high seven boards.
Jan. 21, 2017
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