Friday, November 16, 2012
By Radi Nabulsi
I asked for questions on The Pound, DawgNation’s message board, and our readers had quite a few. This week I was asked to make a lot of predictions, projections and prognostications.
DantesInferno60: Do you think Georgia will continue to recruit Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of the Sequoias)?
Radi Nabulsi: I doubt it. When the coaches originally got word that the talented cornerback might be wavering a few months ago, they called Nelson immediately. He continued to remain a commit until this week. When I spoke to him prior to his Oct. 6 official visit to Oregon State, he sounded much more excited about the Beavers than the Bulldogs. I think Georgia moves on from Nelson and continues to try and flip Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) from South Carolina. Also, juco defensive back Riyahd Jones (Columbus, Ga./Garden City Community College) is visiting Georgia on Saturday. He might get an offer in light of Nelson’s decommitment.
Bulltrain33: With Georgia attempting to bring in a large recruiting class and with a portion of those players needing to enroll early in order for it to work, which committed players or targets do you think could enroll early?
TomaHawk238: Any news on how Laremy Tunsil’s (Lake City, Ga./Columbia) visit to Alabama went and if there are any status changes to his top two?
RN: Greg Ostendorf of our sister site TideNation says that by all accounts Tunsil’s visit was great. He took his mother, and as we know, that can create movement in the top lists of most recruits. But Tunsil still has Georgia and Alabama as his top two choices and neither school has pulled ahead. Tunsil spent a lot of time with Alabama commit and friend Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), who has been working on the nation’s No. 4 prospect for months. Before Tunsil’s visit I would have said Georgia had the edge, but now I think it is a dead heat.
CPA_dawg: Can you give us a prediction on how Georgia will finish out this signing class?
RN: I can’t predict what I will have for dinner much less the decisions of high school prospects, but I can tell you who I believe the top remaining targets are. On offense, Georgia is after Tunsil, running back Alvin Kamara, offensive guard Tyrone Crowder and wide receivers Ja’Quay Williams and Jonathan Rumph. On defense the Bulldogs want Johnson, Langley, defensive tackle Montravius Adams and linebacker Reuben Foster. If they landed all nine of those players the class would be 36 strong. Mark Richt told me over the summer he thinks that Georgia can sign 34 players. Think about this too: Georgia has had five decommitments in this class. If those five had stuck with the Bulldogs, there would be only two spots left for the nine players mentioned here. My guess, as of today, is that Georgia gets Rumph, Kamara, Tunsil, Johnson and either Foster or Adams. Keep an eye on five-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who visited UGA for Dawg Night and has been in touch with Georgia recently. It might be a long shot, but the possibility of getting Alexander back on campus for an official visit would put the Bulldogs in contention for an elite talent at a position of need.
AEKDB50: Will Georgia go to the BCS title game?
RN: Well it is possible but unlikely. Here is what needs to happen. First, Georgia needs to win out against Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech and then beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game. I am assuming the Crimson Tide beats a hapless Auburn squad. Secondly, two of the undefeated trio of Oregon, Notre Dame and Kansas State will have to lose. Those folks that say a one-loss SEC team deserves to be in the title game ahead of one of the undefeated programs might have a case, but it is not going to happen. There is a palpable air of SEC fatigue out there. Yes, Georgia would have victories over the No. 2 and possible No. 4 teams, but voters have not forgotten the blowout loss to South Carolina. If those two scenarios play out, Georgia would go to Miami. So Bulldog fans should root for Stanford or Oregon State to beat the Ducks, USC to defeat the Fighting Irish and Texas to beat the Wildcats.