Monday, February 4, 2013
Possibilities and predictions: Georgia
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- Last Friday demonstrated the reason why the recruiting hotboard in the Georgia coaches’ meeting room is kept on a dry erase board. As the day started, the Bulldogs had 10 targets in mind for signing day. By midnight, the erasers had been worked hard. Let’s review what happened so we can gauge the possible commits on signing day.
After hosting coaches from Ole Miss in his home on Thursday night, Georgia’s top recruiting target, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), appears headed to play for the Rebels.
After telling DawgNation that Alabama was slightly more comfortable than Georgia after visiting the Bulldogs last weekend, top running back target Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) returned to Tuscaloosa on Saturday night for a surprise visit.
Inside linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) has twice picked other programs over Georgia, and on his last official visit to Auburn over the weekend, Foster actually wound up leaving early to head over to Alabama. Foster originally had committed to the Tide, and his return trip might speak volumes on where he winds up.
Another former Auburn commit, defensive tackle Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals) decided Thursday to give the Bulldogs an official visit. On Friday, that visit was cancelled after Liner got word of the disapproval of the Alabama coaches.
Speaking of canceled officials, the nation’s top outside linebacker, Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington), had planned to take in Athens over the weekend, as well. The visit was cancelled, and Thomas likely is still deciding between Miami and Florida State.
Georgia has been the leader for juco defensive tackle Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson Community College) ever since he visited Athens in December. But due to a grades issue, Georgia has stopped recruiting Johnson, who spent the weekend visiting Auburn and will visit Mississippi State this Friday. He likely will not announce on Wednesday.
All this comes on the heels of the news that offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) is not going to pick a school on signing day, since he is waiting to see how his academic situation plays out.
All that brings us to the likely possibilities for Georgia on Wednesday:
Possibility No. 1:Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County)
The nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle trimmed his list to four schools after visiting Auburn on Friday. Adams will choose between Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia. On Sunday, Adams reiterated what he has said about Clemson all along, that the Tigers were the first school to offer and he loves everything about the school. He has been considered a Clemson lean for months and often says he can see himself there. But Adams also said that one of the deciding factors in where he goes will be how his mother feels about the programs in question. When describing Georgia, Adams mentions how much his mother likes the Bulldogs.
Possibility No. 2:Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee)
The ESPN 300 defensive end recently decommitted from Florida State after taking visits to Tennessee and Georgia. On Friday, Bellamy took an official visit to Oregon, having received an offer from the Ducks last Tuesday. Upon returning to the Peach State, Bellamy said the Bulldogs are still his leader, a position Georgia achieved at the conclusion of his visit to Athens. The 6-foot-5 senior is projected to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, a prospect that has Bellamy excited.
Possibility No. 3:George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta)
The word ‘sleeper’ is overused in recruiting, but Adeosun is the embodiment of a recruit that falls through the cracks and is discovered just before signing day. Last month he was committed to William & Mary. Two weeks ago he had no FBS offers. On Friday, as he boarded a plane to take an official visit to Arizona State, Adeosun received word that his ninth FBS offer was from the home state Bulldogs. Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend told Adeosun that after seeing his film, the Georgia staff wanted Adeosun to play in Athens. Friend and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo met with Adeosun’s family on Saturday, as well. He spoke to Mark Richt on Sunday. The flurry of offers and the short time for analysis might cause Adeosun to push his decision past Wednesday.
There is still a possibility that the Bulldogs pick up some of their other targets on signing day. Kamara has had Georgia as a co-leader for months. Before Friday, Tunsil had been telling Georgia coaches and Georgia commitments that he was headed to Athens. Foster has friends on the Georgia team and loves the coaching staff. Seymour still could qualify, and the only visit he has taken has been to see the Bulldogs. But if today were signing day, we predict Georgia would sign Adams, Bellamy and Adeosun.