Dawgs working to get top talent on campus


With one more home game left for the 2011 season, the University of Georgia will once again host several highly coveted prospects as they look to reel in yet another top 10 recruiting class. A recent change of plans puts only one official visitor on the docket currently, but the vital target will be accompanied by several big time prospects in Athens this weekend.

Linebacker Joshua Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) will be in town for the Kentucky game, making this the second unofficial visit to Georgia of the season for the top recruit in Georgia. As it stands now, it might be a two-team race between Florida and Georgia for the 6-foot-5, 205-pound ESPNU 150 prospect, with Alabama and Florida State also in the mix. If his team is not in the state championship game, Harvey-Clemons is likely to take his official visit to Georgia for the GALA banquet December 9th, with a possible decision at the Army All-America Bowl in January.

Georgia is hoping to bring in more than one running back in the 2012 class, and four-star prospect Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) is one of two tailbacks currently being pursued by the Bulldogs. Gurley took his official visit to Georgia back in September for the South Carolina game, and will be back in Athens on Saturday to watch the Kentucky game. Clemson and North Carolina appear to be the biggest competitors for the 6-1, 215-pound prospect.

Recently, defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson (McDonough, Ga./Henry County) has started to reevaluate his options a little more after having Alabama and Georgia Tech on top earlier in the process. The 6-2, 270-pound target, who grew up a fan of the Bulldogs, will give Georgia another look on Saturday against the Wildcats. Tomlinson also visited for the South Carolina game.

The sole official visitor for the weekend as of Tuesday morning is tight end Blake Jackson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Community College), and the timing of his decision bears watching for Bulldog fans. Jackson, who is looking for an opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact, took an official visit to Arkansas last week, and will also take one final official to Oklahoma State on December 2. With his decision coming less than two weeks later, the potential replacement for Orson Charles might be asking around this weekend if Georgia’s current starter at tight end plans to leave early for the NFL. In 11 games this year, Jackson caught 62 passes for 932 yards and 16 touchdowns, so the potential is there to replace the top tight end in the SEC.

Another prospect was scheduled to make an official visit to Georgia this weekend, but offensive tackle Avery Young (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) has rescheduled it for December 9, the weekend of the GALA team banquet. The annual event has become the biggest recruiting weekend for Georgia in recent years, with the Bulldogs making a big impression on several top prospects in each recruiting cycle. Getting Young on campus, who has a current top three of Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, could be huge for a team in desperate need of offensive linemen in this class. Other uncommitted targets planning on taking their official that weekend include wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson Community College), linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain), and possibly Harvey-Clemons and Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) if their teams are eliminated in the playoffs. Several commitments will also be taking their officials that weekend, with defensive linemen Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County) and James Deloach (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County), fullback Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County), defensive tackle John Atkins (Thomson, Ga./Thomson), and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga./Dodge County) all confirming their plans for the GALA. Offensive tackle John Theus (Jacksonville, Ga./Bolles) , like Harvey-Clemons, says he would not make it because he intends on still being in the playoffs.