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Saturday, April 27, 2013
DawgNation week in review

By David Ching

ATHENS, Ga. -- Without question, the highlight around DawgNation this week came Tuesday when tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) became the first ESPN 150 honoree to join Georgia’s 2014 signing class -- just three days before another one, running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), joined him.

Jeb Blazevich
TE Jeb Blazevich was the first of two big Georgia commitments this week.
We provided wall-to-wall coverage of both commitments -- which were televised live on ESPNU -- including the breaking news story on Blazevich, a look at how the No. 80 overall prospect on the ESPN 150 fits into Georgia’s tight end tradition and a look from ESPN recruiting guru Craig Haubert at why he is a good pickup for the Bulldogs.

The news got even better on Friday with Michel’s commitment. Not only does Georgia fill a need at tailback, but it adds an extremely high-profile prospect. Rated No. 16 overall on the ESPN 150 and as the No. 2 tailback, Michel is one of the highest-rated players across the country to have made a public commitment. His commitment pushed Georgia to No. 11 in ESPN's 2014 team recruiting rankings.

We broke down Michel’s commitment from every angle, with Kipp Adams’ main story, a scout's take on why the new tailback fits into Georgia's scheme, a breakdown on the momentum Georgia is building on the recruiting trail and an update from another tailback target for Georgia, Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown).

And here's video of Michel making his commitment on ESPNU and explaining why he picked the Bulldogs.

Obviously nabbing two high-profile commitments does not wrap up the Georgia coaching staff's work during the spring evaluation period. The Bulldogs have only five commitments, so there is plenty of work still to be done, and we took a look at where the coaches might travel in the near future.

While we look toward the future with the new commitments, this is also a huge weekend for a number of former Bulldogs. The NFL draft started on Thursday and two Georgia players -- Jarvis Jones (17th overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers) and Alec Ogletree (30th to the St. Louis Rams) were picked in the first round. The draft concludes today, and at least a half-dozen former Bulldogs are still hoping to hear their names called.

Here’s our pre-draft projection of 10 Bulldogs to watch in the draft.

Make sure to catch Radi Nabulsi’s piece on UGA professor Gary Green, who assists Georgia’s coaching staff by visiting with recruits and occasionally winning some over with his academic straight talk -- even if he can’t talk football with them because he knows little about the sport. It was a great look behind the curtain at one of the on-campus leaders you might not expect to be involved in the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts.

On the team side, we continued our position-by-position analysis after spring practice by focusing on the defense and a player to watch at each position:

Defensive line breakdown (Michael Thornton)

Inside linebacker (Ramik Wilson)

Outside linebacker (James DeLoach)

Cornerback (Sheldon Dawson)

Safety (Josh Harvey-Clemons)

And we conclude today with special teams and a breakout on place-kicker Marshall Morgan.

We also started our “Spring Cleaning” series with some leftover items from spring practice by catching up with fullback Quayvon Hicks and tight end Jay Rome.