Monday, January 21, 2013
Weekend spin: Seeking big finish
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- National signing day will be here in just over two weeks and the Georgia coaching staff is looking to close strong. Their seven remaining targets are all either in the ESPN 300 or the ESPN Junior College 100. While Alvin Kamara, Montravius Adams, Reuben Foster and Davin Bellamy are scheduled to take official visits Jan. 25, this past weekend was all about Laremy Tunsil.
Tunsil is the nation’s top offensive tackle out of Lake City, Fla. and the No. 5 overall prospect for 2013. For months he has had Alabama and Georgia tied at the top of his list of favorites. Tunsil visited the Crimson Tide on Jan. ll and dropped in on the Bulldogs this past Friday. He still has visits planned with Ole Miss and Florida State but has yet to mention either of those teams as a leader.
Five-star OT Laremy Tunsil was wined and dined by Georgia recently, as he went on his official visit.
The last highly-rated offensive tackle Georgia signed wound up starting every game as a freshman. The Bulldogs would love to sign Tunsil to play opposite fellow Florida native John Theus.
Speaking of highly-ranked recruits, Mark Richt visited with Georgia cornerback commit Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) on Wednesday and gave him the equivalent of a polite ultimatum. Wiggins had just completed a visit to South Carolina and had three more planned. Richt asked Wiggins if he thought that Georgia was the right school for him and if so then Richt would like Wiggins to cancel his upcoming visits. On Thursday, Wiggins and his coach called all of the schools that Wiggins was considering and told the coaches there that he was firm to Georgia.
This past week also saw the staff’s continued transition to recruiting the Class of 2014. A couple new offers went out to a couple of ESPN Watch list members.
Cornerback Nick Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) met with Bryan McClendon on Friday and the Georgia running backs coach told the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior that he had an offer. Ruffin has 12 offers from the likes of LSU, Florida State and South Carolina. While he doesn’t have a leader, Ruffin has family in Louisiana, so the Tigers could be a major player for the talented athlete.
Offensive coordinator coach Mike Bobo spent Saturday with record-setting quarterback DeShaun Watson of Gainesville (Ga.) High School. Watson is committed to Clemson but told DawgNation three weeks ago that he wanted an offer from the Bulldogs. Saturday evening he tweeted out that he had picked up an offer from Georgia. In only three years, Watson set the Georgia career passing record. Last season he led the Red Elephants to their first state title in school history. A true dual-threat quarterback, Watson is equally dangerous with his legs.
Georgia also hosted two ESPN Watch List prospects that already had offers. Running back Nick Chubb of Cedartown (Ga.) High School, who received an offer on Dec. 31 was on campus Saturday. Another running back, Adam Choice of Thomas County Central (Ga.) High School, took a visit with Bobo after competing in a baseball camp at Georgia over the weekend. Choice would like to play baseball as well and said that he wanted to show Georgia that he could do both.