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Five things to watch this weekend

12/1/2011

Keep an eye on those Dawgs

Everyone was ready to write off Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs after their 0-2 start, but UGA has not lost since. The Dawgs are riding a 10-game winning streak with a chance at winning the SEC Championship if they can upset top ranked LSU.

Georgia has a lot of momentum on their side off the field as well. They are making up some ground on key prospects like defensive end Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County), outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes), defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson, defensive end Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga./MLK), running back Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) and offensive tackle Avery Young (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens).

Richt and his staff are also making Alabama and FSU work very hard to keep linebackers Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga./Buford) and Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain) committed.

By no means am I saying all these recruits end up in Athens. But Georgia’s in the game and in recruiting, anything can happen, especially with momentum on their side.

And let’s not forget that five-star running back Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) will make his commitment next week and it’s expected he will give his pledge to the Dawgs. That would give UGA a huge boost going into the following weekend, which is Georgia’s huge recruiting gala, where they will host 15-20 prospects for official visits.

It could be another great close for Richt and Georgia, which already has the No. 15 ranked class in the nation.

East Mississippi C.C. to play for national title

On Saturday, East Mississippi Community College will play Arizona Western for the junior college national championship in Yuma, Ariz. East Mississippi is home to a handful of major recruits, like defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, Brandon Moore, defensive end Denico Autry, cornerback Hamp Glover, wide receiver Jeremy Cannon and quarterback Bo Wallace.

Jacobs is committed to Tennessee while there’s a good chance Moore ends up at Texas. Meanwhile, Autry is one of the most sought after junior college prospects in America who will likely choose between Tennessee, Mississippi State, Miami, and Florida. Teams like Ole Miss, Louisville and Memphis have been recruiting Wallace. Glover has an offer from Middle Tennessee State.

Liggins gunning for 32 in a row

The Mississippi high school football state championships are this weekend. The 4A game is Oxford Lafayette against Laurel at Mississippi Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Lafayette is led by 6-3 and 270 pound quarterback Jeremy Liggins, an ESPNU 150 member.

“Jeremy has played really well,” said Anthony Hart, Lafayette’s coach. “He continues to do all the things he has done for us for over three seasons now. I am really pleased with how he has played. We just need to get one more.”

One more win would give Lafayette 32 consecutive victories. Liggins is the No. 17 ranked athlete, the No. 5 recruit in the state of Mississippi and the No. 121 ranked prospect in the ESPNU 150.

Davis putting up huge numbers

Three-star wide receiver recruit Quinshad Davis (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) is on quite a tear. His team plays Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes this Saturday at Clemson for the state title. Gaffney is 14-0 and Davis has made an impact each week. Quite frankly, he’s been unstoppable. In 14 games he has 100 receptions for 1,825 yards and 24 touchdown receptions.

“He has played great,” said Dan Jones, Gaffney’s coach. “But that doesn’t really surprise me because he’s a great player. I know he wants to finish with a big game and finish with over 2,000 yards receiving. Wouldn’t that be something?”

Teams are starting to take notice. Wednesday, Tennessee offered Davis. He received early offers from South Carolina and Clemson but didn’t make a decision in the spring or summer months. Apparently, the Tigers and Gamecocks are filled at receiver with their respective recruiting classes so it looks like Davis will leave the state. Davis has quietly hoped the Georgia Bulldogs would offer but at this time they have not. The team that has shown the most interest to date, that has offered him, is Wake Forest. Stay tuned.

Two in-staters visiting GT

It’s not a big weekend in terms of numbers for Georgia Tech but the Yellow Jackets will entertain two very good recruits for official visits in running back Miles Jones (Ackworth, Ga./Allatoona) and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (McDonough, Ga./Henry County).

Jones had a monster senior season, rushing for over 2,100 yards and 30 touchdowns. To date, he does not have a Tech offer.

“I am visiting this weekend,” Jones said. “I am hoping I get that offer. I think it’s a great possibility for me.”

Tomlinson is a highly-regarded three-star defensive tackle prospect.