Monday, November 12, 2012
Weekend rewind: Georgia
By Radi Nabulsi
Georgia traveled to Auburn this weekend where a 38-0 victory gave the Bulldogs their second SEC East divisional title in as many years. Freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined to rush for 221 yards, marking the third time they have both picked up over 100 yards in the same game this season. Georgia has a long history of thunder and lightning tailback duos and apparently the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is looking to bring in another pair in the Class of 2013.
Georgia has 27 commitments and many of its top targets are still undecided. With little room left in the class, it was widely assumed that the Bulldogs would only take one running back. Georgia’s top target at the position says that is not the case.
“What I found out yesterday was that Georgia wants to take two backs,” Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) said. “Coach [Bryan] McClendon called me last night and told me that since Marlon Brown went down, they are going to go after another back.”
McClendon serves as Georgia’s running backs coach. He was recently in Fulton, Miss., to check out Ashton Shumpert of Itawamba High School. The ESPN 300 athlete told DawgNation that McClendon is recruiting him as a running back and that he would like Shumpert to visit Georgia again. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior took in Georgia’s game against Tennessee, where he saw Gurley and Marshall combine for 294 yards.
Another top tailback visited Georgia on Nov. 3. ESPN 300 running back A.J. Turman (Orlando, Fla./Boone) has known for a while where he wanted to go to college but he decided to wait until after his visit to Georgia to make a decision. Turman will announce his decision Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Georgia has also contacted Johnathan Ford (New Hope, Ala./New Hope), a Vanderbilt commit, and asked him to visit before the season is over.