Georgia Football Recruiting: Predicting All the Commits That Will Sign on NSD
The Bulldogs have 18 players committed, according to 247Sports, and one of the players (quarterback Jacob Park) is already enrolled at UGA.
That means the Bulldogs will have to make sure the 17 players that are committed will sign on February 5. And they also have to get two or three players that have not committed to sign with the team, such as defensive end Lorenzo Carter and cornerback Tavon Ross.
There is always a surprise or two on National Signing Day, and the Bulldogs have been a part of that in the past—good and bad. Will Georgia have its share of surprises next week, or will it be a very calm and productive day where they get all the players that committed and a few additional players to put icing on the cake?
Here’s our prediction of all the commits that will sign on National Signing Day.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are as solid commitments to Georgia as one will find.
The biggest reason for Chubb and Michel wanting to go to Athens is the fact they want to continue a tradition of being Tailback U.
In a report by Damon Sayles of ESPN.com (subscription required), Chubb and Michel want to put their name on the map just like Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Lars Tate, Rodney Hampton, Terrell Davis, Knowshon Moreno and most recently Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
Because Gurley and Marshall will be back in the mix this upcoming season, it will be hard for Chubb and Michel to make an impact. But that will be a different story when the 2015 season is underway.
Here’s the rundown of committed receivers and tight ends:
WR Shakenneth Williams: Macon, Georgia
WR Rico Johnson: Atlanta, Georgia
WR Gilbert Johnson: Homestead, Florida
TE Jeb Blazevich: Charlotte, North Carolina
I don’t see any of these receivers catching the Bulldogs off guard. They will sign with UGA on February 5. All four players had been hard commits before the 2013 season began and showed no signs of backing down.
Rico Johnson was actually part of the 2013 signing class, but he could not enroll because he was ruled ineligible. He instead enrolled in the Georgia Prep Sports Academy to make up for one class, according to Troupe Brinson the Forest Blade, which is a newspaper located in Johnson's hometown of Swainsboro, Georgia.
Here’s a look at the offensive linemen that have committed to the Bulldogs:
OG Jake Edwards: Franklin, Georgia
OT Dyshon Simms: Valdosta, Georgia
OG Isaiah Wynn: Saint Petersburg, Florida
OT Kendall Baker: Atlanta, Georgia
All three players committed over the summer, so there’s no reason they would sign with another team next week.
The best of the three is probably Wynn, who is listed as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.
Penn State has been targeting Wynn, according to Mike Gross of lancasteronline.com. But Wynn has assured the Nittany Lions that he’s fully committed to the Dawgs.
The Bulldogs also have two defensive linemen committed:
DT Lamont Gaillard: Faytteville, North Carolina
DE Kenyon Brown: Wauchula, Florida
The initial thought is that both players will sign with UGA because they will have a good opportunity to play in the next two years.
But Gaillard has been visited by Louisville defensive coordinator and former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and is scheduled to make an official visit to Miami this weekend, according to Michael Carvell of AJC.com.
When it’s all said and done, Gaillard and Brown will be part of the Bulldogs, and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will love having two more defensive linemen on the roster.
The only linebacker committed is Detric Dukes from Tucker, Georgia.
Dukes committed to UGA back in June and took an official visit back in September, according to 247Sports.
The Red and Black's Nick Suss reported that Dukes is a fundamentally sound player that just needs to develop into his frame.
With the addition of Pruitt and the rest of the defensive coaching staff, they should have no issues getting Dukes ready for the SEC by 2015.
Four defensive backs are slated to join the 2014 roster. Here’s a closer look at them:
CB Malkom Parrish: Quitman, Georgia
S Kendall Gant: Lakeland, Florida
CB Shattle Fenteng: Grayson, Georgia (played junior college football at Hutchinson Community College last year)
S Dominick Sanders: Tucker, Georgia
Parrish, Gant and Fenteng will be Bulldogs, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
Sanders, on the other hand, is another story. The safety from Tucker, Georgia committed to UGA this week and has recently taken official visits to Auburn and UFC.
In fact, Sanders was committed to UCF, according to Derek Tyson of ESPN.com (subscription required), but the Knights moved on from him because he took a visit to Auburn.
Sanders will probably stick with the Bulldogs, but don’t be surprised if Auburn makes one final push to persuade him.
All recruiting information courtesy of 247 Sports unless otherwise noted.