- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s Dawg Night found top athletes from around the nation going head-to-head in Sanford Stadium on Friday night. The action was fast-paced under the bright lights. Some new faces tried to impress the Bulldogs’ coaching staff while other prospects tested themselves against new competitors. DawgNation has a list of five prospects that stood out with special performances.
2014 RB Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./Walton Academy): It was at last year’s Dawg Night that Williams’ performance earned a scholarship offer from Mark Richt. The rising sophomore pounced on it and committed on the spot. Williams returned to Sanford Stadium on Friday night and showed that such an early offer was warranted. The 5-foot-8, 189-pound tailback made many spectacular catches that had the other attendees cheering him on and teasing those who failed to cover him. On one play he caught a pass on a crossing pattern and outran two defenders, showcasing the speed for which he has become known.
2014 TE Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist Day School): Richard had a great Mark Richt Camp in June and at Dawg Night he just picked up where he left off. No one could cover the young tight end and he wound up with catch after catch in the end zone. Bulldogs quarterback commit Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden), who had a great night himself, mentioned that Richard really impressed him. No one could stop Richard coming off the line and he had great separation in almost every route. The highlight of his performance came on a pass where the ball came in behind him and over his head, yet Richard was able to haul it in for a touchdown.
2013 S Paris Bostick (Tampa, Fla./Plant): Bostick is bigger than most people think, tipping the scales at 217 pounds. The 6-foot-1 senior is also faster than advertised. Bostick had multiple break-ups and at least two interceptions. What was interesting to watch was Bostick completing one repetition at safety, jumping across the line to play receiver in the next rep, and then moving back to safety. He scored on a long touchdown when he made an inside feint move then sprinted for the pylon, leaving a bewildered cornerback shaking his head. Bostick still lists Georgia among his top four schools.
2013 S Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell): Mauger committed to the Bulldogs early Friday afternoon so all eyes were on the hard-hitting safety as prospects and coaches wanted to see what he would bring to Georgia. Mauger did not disappoint -- on first play of the pass skeleton drill he broke up a pass with an athletic jump that received cheers from the other Georgia commits in attendance. He went on to drive receivers off their routes, disrupting their timing and generally making life miserable for any receiver that was trying to impress the coaches there. If Mauger couldn’t redirect the receiver, he would just make an interception or bat the ball away. On one play he intercepted the ball in the endzone, despite obvious offensive pass interference.
2013 WR Bobby Hill (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt Co.): The 5-foot-11, 160-pound wideout made catch after catch on good passes and bad. He was a quarterback’s best friend, especially considering some of the ugly throws he hauled in. Hill outjumped two cornerbacks on subsequent reps and made a diving catch that wowed the spectators on the sideline. Hill says he has a number of offers including Ole Miss, Kentucky, Purdue and UCF. He finished the pass skeleton drills with a touchdown catch that could have been called defensive pass interference -- or a mugging.
This is by no means a list of the only top performers and with so many prospects in attendance, it was impossible to watch everyone. No lineman made the list simply because the one-on-one drills were not visible from the media area.
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