Tuesday, January 8, 2013
UA Game: Dawg commits, targets
By Kipp Adams
The University of Georgia had two commitments participate in the Under Armour All-Amercia Game last week, and the Bulldogs are hoping to add to that number on signing day. ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill was in Florida all week, and he breaks down the two commitments, as well as three of the top remaining targets for Mark Richt and his staff.
Luginbill on commitments
QB Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County): "Ramsey is essentially exactly what we thought he was -- a very talented prospect that showed flashes all week, but is in the development stage when it comes to presence, timing and working through progressions. In the game he made some poor decisions, but also had some nice throws dropped. Our evaluation of him especially throughout the week, not just the game will be scrutinized on tape in the coming days. Again, when you play in a scheme your entire career that does not afford you many opportunities to flourish in the passing game, the learning curve is going to be steeper."
|Brice Ramsey showed flashes during the Under Armour All-America game.|
CB Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creel): "First off, he is not as small as people think and he is one of the most competitive cornerbacks we have ever had. If you are instinctive and compete, you have a chance at corner. He’s scrappy and likes to mix it up. Likes to press and get in the receiver's face. Possesses great feet and short area quickness to close gaps in separation."
Luginbill on targets
RB Alvin Kamara
(Norcross, Ga./Norcross): "As advertised and as a whole he was a part of the four best backs we have had in the game as a group in the six years of the event. Explosive, sudden and a much tougher, stronger inside runner than you might think. Pass catching skills as you know by now are amongst the best in this class -- right up there with Ryan Green
. A great change of pace that is only going to get bigger and stronger."
LB Reuben Foster
(Auburn, Ala./Auburn): "Perhaps no other player exceeded expectations more than Foster when you consider the dismal senior campaign he had. I think he knew he was overweight and disappointed throughout the year with sub-par production. He was quicker, lighter on his feet and much more active with his motor. Not only did he perform during the week, but he also had a very nice game performance. The lighter he is the better chance he has of staying at linebacker and playing in space serviceably. If he continues to bulk up, he could end up playing in the front. We were happy to see him take it upon himself to perform to the standard he had set as a sophomore and junior."
LB Matthew Thomas
(Miami/Booker T. Washington): "He might be 205 pounds now, but look out in two years. His practice week and game performance were among the best on display. The reason we have him ahead of Jaylon Smith
is because he is a better tackler right now, despite being light in the pants. He can flat out run, he can play in space and at the point of attack he will surprise you with pop. We even experimented with him as a defensive end during the week in pass rush situations. His frame development upside is why coaches are so excited."