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June 2016 UGA Recruiting Thread


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Another month down, time to flip that page on the calendar. With June we usher in the most recently signed class and they will begin working with the rest of the team. Recruiting is only getting busier though with all the camps coming up and satellite camps that our coaches will be attending.

This will be a busy BUSY summer for the coaches.

We also picked up our 10th commitment for the 2017 class in 6'5 185 lbs WR Matt Landers from Saint Petersburg, FL. He has an impressive offer sheet for a 3* but he decided the Dawgs were it and he's shutting it down. Love his film. I think he will be a good one.

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4 minutes ago, VA F.O. said:

It wouldn't surprise me to see Landers and Jenkins both as 4 stars by the time signing day rolls around.

I would be surprised if Jenkins gets bumped up that much, personally. Not that I don't think he's good, but he just doesn't jump out at you compared to some of these other guys. He definitely has the potential to come in and develop, but if I'm rating him right now I'd say 3* is pretty fair.

I can definitely see Landers picking up that 4th star if he hits the camp circuit and has a good senior season though. He only has one season under his belt at the varsity level and hasn't really taken part in the recruiting camps until this past February when he went to one in Orlando. Landers strikes me as a very underrated player with where he is ranked currently.

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8 hours ago, Carter said:

I would be surprised if Jenkins gets bumped up that much, personally. Not that I don't think he's good, but he just doesn't jump out at you compared to some of these other guys. He definitely has the potential to come in and develop, but if I'm rating him right now I'd say 3* is pretty fair.

I can definitely see Landers picking up that 4th star if he hits the camp circuit and has a good senior season though. He only has one season under his belt at the varsity level and hasn't really taken part in the recruiting camps until this past February when he went to one in Orlando. Landers strikes me as a very underrated player with where he is ranked currently.

Yep.  Landers' offer list and tape tells a different story from his star rating.  Looking at his highlight tape, you could just see those 5'8 DB's thinking "what I am supposed to do with this guy".  He's 6'5 and outruns most of them.   

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Speaking of Akers:

Cam Akers took another visit to UGA over the weekend. Every one of them can be labeled with something like “ginormous” from here on.

Akers, who de-committed from Alabama in March, is rated as the nation’s No. 2 running back and the No. 15 overall prospect. He’s easily one of the five most important targets for the 2017 class given his ability and importance at a position of need.

That is clear, given the top player in Mississippi this year said he hears all the time from UGA running backs coach Dell McGee.

“Coach Dell McGee tells me every time he can that I need to go on and tell him I am coming so he can sleep at night,” Akers said.

 

Akers described both McGee and Georgia coach Kirby Smart in a unique way.

“They are both family men and also real good men about their business at the same time,” Akers said. “They know how to take care of their business but also make you feel at home.”

He said that UGA recruits his family hard and that’s been a consistent theme along his recruitment. That is also the way that any lucky program will sign Akers.

“If you can’t recruit my family, then you can’t recruit me,” Akers said. “Georgia just does a great job of talking to my family. Period. A lot of schools don’t single the family out. They single the recruits out. A lot of schools won’t involve the parents, but you can’t do that in my recruiting because my family will play a big part in where I want to go. Every school in my Top 10 recruits my family and not just me. That’s why they made my Top 10.”

Georgia is also well-positioned in another area of his decision: The current commits urging a top player like Akers to join them.

“I hear the most from the Georgia guys,” Akers said. “Richard LeCounte III is funny. They have put all of us in group chat.”

That’s the group direct message chains on Twitter and via text messages. A lot of UGA commits are in the chat, but Akers is also included even though he’s not committed.

“Richard is going to say something crazy every day,” Akers said. “We all came up together and went to camps together and we have grown up in this process. When we get together we will talk about any and everything. Girls. College. Football. Nothing. Whatever. We just talk. We just talk like brothers.”

 

Akers spent one day at Georgia but did not stay overnight.

“The best part was talking to the coaches and talking football,” Akers said. “The coaches at Georgia really communicate well with whatever they got planned for me if I go there.”

His mother and step-father were there.

“They just like the situation at Georgia and how it may unfold for me there with (Nick) Chubb and (Sony) Michel leaving,” Akers said. “That was big for them. They know that Georgia stresses the life after football with their players and that is big for them also. So they feel that is a good possibility for me. It means something and will be attractive to my family that their players all have great lives after football.”

What is left for him to see at Georgia?

“Just getting back up there and making sure that I continue to have a good feel for the people,” Akers said. “The guys and coaches there mostly. Because everything football-related they have already explained it real well.”

He’s not sure when he will return to Athens.

“Not sure on that yet,” Akers said. “Just whenever the opportunity to go back to Athens presents itself. That’s when I will look to go back again.”

The high school quarterback plans to study either kinesiology, business or communications at the college of his choice. He’s not sure about what would be the biggest reason why he might potentially choose Georgia in the end.

“Not sure about that,” Akers said. “That’s what I’m trying to figure out. A lot of schools recruit me the same way. I’m just trying to figure out the real big differences that make my top choices really stand out when everything is telling me the same thing.”

 

Akers is not certain that UGA will get an official visit. He wasn’t even sure if he would label them a cinch school to crack his Top 5, either.

“I’m not sure yet,” Akers said. “I’m not sure about Georgia or anybody making my Top 5 yet considering it all right now. I don’t know who will make it at all.”

What does he play for? He has a unique answer to that.

“I play for my family, my parents, my Mom, my Dad, my brothers and a little sister and an older brother,” Akers said. “I also play for the state of Mississippi, too. I have got to help one day to try and feed my family but I also got to be a model for the state of Mississippi to show that good players and great people can come out of the state of Mississippi. So I play for my family, but also where I come from in Mississippi. I want to show people what a football player from Mississippi can do.”

Akers (Clinton High School / Clinton, Miss.) visited Auburn on Friday and UGA on Saturday. He was also in Metro Atlanta taking part in an annual FBU camp. Akers has been a part of FBU-related programs for years and that has aided his development.

When he was at the FBU camp, 247sports.com’s Jake Rowe reported that UGA running backSony Michel jokingly referred to Akers as the program’s next commitment. Both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were working the camp as guest instructors. 

https://www.dawgnation.com/football/recruiting/uga-coach-tells-nations-no-2-rb-to-let-him-know-when-hes-coming-so-he-can-sleep-at-night

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1 hour ago, Carter said:

If we can snatch up Akers and Swift, I will be one happy happy dude.

Thinking Holloman and Webb close out our WR class.

Colson Yankoff... now that's an interesting name.

I just can't see us pulling Akers right now. He seems completely wide open and averse to leaning one way or another. Toneil Carter and Deandre Swift just seem so much more enthused and I can't see us turning away either of them.

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2 hours ago, itsjustafleshwound said:

I just can't see us pulling Akers right now. He seems completely wide open and averse to leaning one way or another. Toneil Carter and Deandre Swift just seem so much more enthused and I can't see us turning away either of them.

He will be a tough pull but we have a great shot. Kirby won't be afraid to go balls to the wall for guys like Akers who likely go all the way to NSD. I think the Derrick Brown situation will cause us to be selective with who we pursue to the end though. From what I understand that was a very big deal to the staff and they've adjusted their recruiting strategy for it.

I wouldn't mind Toneil Carter and Swift at all, but Akers is a different back. I think he and Harris are head and shoulders better than the rest of the RB in this class.

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6 hours ago, VA F.O. said:

247 reporting that we have a visit going on right now, but it's VIP so I don't know the exact details. 

I get the impression that it's Akers again, since it's on his profile page, but I just don't know.

I figured out who the prospect was getting the "extended visit" in Athens right now.

It's 2018 4* RB out of MS Fabian Franklin

He's attending the camp at UGA.

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14 hours ago, Dawgfanbrock said:

Stevens gonna play db/s in college? Also, what's word on p Hudson x baylor commit?

Stevens will play safety I think.

Several players who signed with Baylor are requesting releases. Hudson is likely headed to Texas or Texas A&M.

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Huge list CBs to UGA out today,

Niebuhr sent Jamyest, Solomon, and Beal to us (unfortunately also sending Terrell to Florida, but hey nobody's perfect <_< ;))

Meanwhile we offered 2018 4* GA OT Trey Hill today, who is at our camp, and immediately got 2 CBs, sending him here, in addition to one sending us 4* GA RB Dameon Pierce.

We even got a CB for 2019 for GA ATH Dominick Blaylock. :)

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11 hours ago, SacFalcFan said:

I really hate dominick blaylock.  LOLOL. what he did to my team last year was just nasty..  I would love him in a Georgia uniform for sure.  he is going to be so freaking in beastmode when he gets to college.. 

Sorry for the off topic post but reading yours, Sac, reminded me of how I used to feel as well. For instance, I hated Hassan Graham when he played for SW Dekalb (even though my Gladiators beat them 21-20 my sophomore year). But when he joined Zeier at UGA, he instantly became one of my favorite players. Same thing with Quentin Moses and, to some extent, Carlos Strong. Hated both of them because they played for Cedar Shoals, our crosstown rival. But once they put on the Red and Black, I was their biggest fan!

OK, back to June recruiting. I heard William Poole III was catching a lot of flak from Florida guys on Twitter for his performance at some 7 on 7 camp. Not that Mr. Poole requires any more motivation but, dang, I can't wait to see him suited up and playing at the Cocktail Party. I'm sure he won't forget.

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