Monday, April 22, 2013
UGA coaches hit the road
By Kipp Adams
The spring evaluation period is upon us and the Georgia staff has hit the road to see some of its top prospects.
Last week, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo checked in on 2015 quarterback Tyler Queen (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb), offensive line coach Will Friend visited juco offensive tackle target Dontavius Blair (Anniston, Ala./Garden City Community College), defensive line coach Chris Wilson checked in on massive nose guard target Charles Mosley (Brighton, Tenn./Brighton), and also saw and subsequently offered a scholarship to 2015 offensive lineman Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University).
They will once again stop by the high schools of these several prominent recruits this week:
ESPN 150 tight end Jeb Blazevich (right) could be close to an announcement.
With an announcement set for Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) is expecting to see running backs coach Bryan McClendon at his school in the next few days. Michel will choose between Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Notre Dame, and indications over the last few months has been that the Bulldogs hold the edge over the nearby Hurricanes.
Tight ends coach John Lilly will be accompanied by defensive line coach Chris Wilson today as the two check on five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest), who over the weekend dropped Florida and named Georgia his leader. With Gaillard potentially being the top defensive line target on the board for the Bulldogs, expect the Georgia coaches to check on potential upcoming visits to other schools such as Alabama.
Lilly will also check on ESPN 150 targets Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose) and Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian). Hood has the Tar Heels in front but has Virginia Tech, Georgia and Notre Dame under heavy consideration as well. Street has visited NC State, ECU, Duke and Virginia Tech recently, plans to visit FSU next month, and will travel to Georgia in June. He is expected to announce his decision next year, but the Bulldogs are at the top of his list right now. Blazevich is very close to announcing his choice, with a commitment announcement possible within the next 48 hours. Georgia and Ole Miss are neck and neck for the 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end, with the Bulldogs maintaining a slight lead.
Secondary coach Scott Lakatos will return to his old backyard in New Jersey, where one of the prospects he is expected to stop in to see is five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers (Parasmus, N.J./Paramus Catholic). Peppers has maintained a top group that includes Michigan, Stanford, LSU and Ohio State, with the Wolverines seen as the leader right now. But Georgia will still inquire about the No. 2 prospect in the country’s interest in the Bulldogs to see if a visit to Athens, Ga., is possible.