Thursday, November 29, 2012
Georgia commits looking elsewhere?
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia has the nation’s second largest recruiting class with 30 prospects verbally committed to for the Class of 2013, despite having had four decommitments in the last year. The Bulldogs are hoping to add six more targets and to sign the largest class Mark Richt has ever had. But will the 30 recruits verbally committed to Georgia stick? Recent history says no.
So who could flip? That is tough to gauge but we thought we would examine a few players that have been rumored to be looking around.
CB Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) -- The No. 5 ranked cornerback is also Georgia’s highest rated commitment. Wiggins has been a tireless recruiter for the Bulldogs, trying to help Georgia sign as strong a class as possible. He would seem like the most solid recruit Georgia had but additions to the class have the Under Armour All-American worried.
His size and the number of DBs committed to UGA have Shaq Wiggins (22) rethinking his pledge to the Bulldogs.
“That is a lot of defensive backs,” Wiggins said. “Not corners so much but safeties. Recruiting is all a game and people recruit players for different reason. So I got to step back and look around so I don’t have any regrets. I really wasn’t worried about the other guys when they committed but I know Coach [Todd] Grantham prefers bigger corners.”
Wiggins is 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds. Despite his worries the ball hawk has not changed his mind yet. He spent last weekend in Athens.
“I am still 100 percent committed” Wiggins said. “I am looking at South Carolina, Florida and Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. I set all my official visits but with my schedule being so busy I had to reschedule them for after the season.”
Wiggins will take official visits to Georgia on Dec. 7, South Carolina on Jan. 11, Florida on Jan. 18 and Ole Miss on Jan. 25. Some schools are not waiting on Wiggins to visit them but are taking advantage of the in-home visitation period. Coaches from Ole Miss dropped by his house on Wednesday night and Florida’s wide receiver coach went to see him recently.
The Gators are not alone.
“I have been thinking about South Carolina lately” Wiggins said. “One thing I can say is that wherever I go, Ja’Quay [Williams] is going. We have been talking about Texas A&M too. Johnny Manziel needs to get the Heisman; I don’t care what anybody says.”
Williams is a top Georgia target at wide receiver and he played on the same Sandy Creek team as Wiggins last season before enrolling at Fork Union Military this fall. Williams took his official visit to Georgia last Friday and decommitted from Auburn on Sunday. Keeping Wiggins in the fold is even more imperative for the Bulldogs in light of Wiggins’ declaration.
ATH Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) -- One of the top athletes in the nation, Terry has already decommitted from Georgia once. In July of 2011, Terry committed to Mark Rich at Dawg Night but later said he felt pressured into making a decision and subsequently decommitted in September. Six months later he committed to Georgia again and seemed to be solid. That was until recently when Terry started visiting Clemson.
The Clemson coaching staff has done a good job selling Terry on the idea of playing running back for the Tigers. The idea appeals to Terry according to his head coach Chuck Reedy. The former Clemson coach said that the Tigers have done a better job recruiting the talented athlete than Georgia has. Terry spent back-to-back weekends in Athens, taking in games and speaking with the coaches. After his last trip to the Classic City, an official visit for the Georgia Tech game, Terry told DawgNation that he still did not want to talk about his recruitment.
OLB Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) -- Mustafaa is not often seen at Georgia games nor is he known to spend time with many of the other Georgia commits besides his close friend Wiggins. Tennessee was a close second when he picked Georgia and the low profile the 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior keeps has caused a lot of speculation.
“I am still the same,” Mustafaa said. “I can’t get to many games because my brother plays for West Georgia and I go to all his games. I am only taking three visits and those are to Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Georgia. I already went to Tennessee and Oklahoma State and I will go to Georgia. The coaches want all the commits to come to on the same visit. Coach [Rodney] Garner has been keeping in touch with me. He came out to one of my games. Tennessee came by my school on Monday.”
WR Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) -- Rumors in recruiting are often started by statements taken out of context. Such is the case when LeMay recently tweeted that he “had a lot to think about.” Concerns about his commitment spread across message boards, especially in light of the fact that his older brother Christian LeMay, Georgia’s backup quarterback, had not gotten much playing time this season. The younger LeMay said those fears were unfounded.
“Right now my commitment is pretty much as strong as it could be,” LeMay said. “Every time you go and visit a college, even if you are a solid commit there is still much to think about and things change on a day-today basis. So you have to take in every evaluation that you can. I have not taken any visits so far”
As for taking any visits in the future, Lemay said, “That is hard to say. As of right now, nothing is planned.”
“For me to decommit it would have to be something super drastic like coaching changes or them bringing in 12 other receivers,” LeMay said.