Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Spring evaluations: Possible new offers
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- In week three of the spring evaluation period, we decided to take a look at some of the prospects that could pick up an offer from Georgia some time soon. The Bulldogs’ coaching staff already has offered offensive tackles Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) and Brian Wallace (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College), as well as defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) in the first two weeks of the period.
With spring football starting up all over the south in the coming weeks, here are some players to watch.
WR Emanuel Beal Hillgrove (Ga.) High School
6-foot-0, 195 pounds
Beal has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, having picked up offers from Kentucky, UCF and Wisconsin recently. He already had offers from SEC schools like Missouri, Arkansas and Vanderbilt. Beal has visited Georgia and could be close to an offer. He also has an offer from Yale, which attests to how bright he is -- an attractive trait for the complicated offense that Mike Bobo likes to run at Georgia.
QB Jacob Park Stratford (S.C.) High School
Another standout from Goose Creek in the Palmetto State, Park is a highly sought-after quarterback with offers from 12 schools, including Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida State. With the news that Deshaun Watson -- the only quarterback Georgia has offered so far -- plans on sticking with his commitment to Clemson, Bobo might look in another direction. Park recently trimmed his list to 10 schools, and the Bulldogs made the cut. The Bulldogs already have four quarterbacks for 2014 on the roster, so there is not a driving need to add a quarterback.
The Bulldogs signed five inside linebackers last year after not signing any the year before. So just like the quarterback position, the need going forward is not pressing. Georgia has its sights set on Raekwon McMillan but if he goes out of state, Dukes could be targeted next despite the fact he has committed to Louisville. He has eight offers so far. Tucker High School has been good to Georgia, and teammate Kendall Baker already has the Bulldogs on top. Bringing Dukes in to redshirt one year would make sense from a class separation standpoint.
Webster’s days of flying under the radar are over. On Monday he picked up offers from South Carolina and Virginia to go with the ones he recently picked up from North Carolina, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Kentucky. At the Atlanta NFTC, Webster made numerous plays in coverage drills and was repeatedly praised by the coaches there. A repeat performance at the Mark Richt camp could secure an offer from the Bulldogs.
Harris comes from a family of diehard Georgia fans and has said multiple times that he would like an offer from the Bulldogs. So far he has picked up seven verbal offers from programs such as North Carolina and Mississippi State. Harris has visited Georgia multiple times and has been told an offer is likely, but so far it has yet to materialize. As the starting left tackle in the Rising Seniors Bowl, Harris stonewalled some of the top defensive talents in the state. Georgia will stop in to see him again this spring.
Others to keep an eye on:
QB David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North): The 6-5, 235-pound junior has a long list of offers and has been invited to the Elite 11, as well as the Under Armour All-America Game. Cornwell is the top–rated pocket-passer in the nation and the No. 24 overall prospect. He visited Georgia to take in a scrimmage during spring camp and left with the Bulldogs in his top four.
DT Jeremy Patterson (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County): Four ACC schools already have offered Patterson: Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and NC State. Florida also has offered the 6-3, 285 pound defender. He is the teammate of Georgia wide receiver commit Krenwick Sanders.
WR Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer): With close to 20 offers it would seem the 5-11, 193-pound junior has his choice of destination, but he told DawgNation recently that he would like an offer from Georgia. He played with Bulldogs’ quarterback Faton Bauta, so he knows there is one familiar face in Athens.
OT Sam Madden (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) -- A virtual unknown in the recruiting world, Madden only has an offer from Old Dominion so far. But that will change soon as the 6-7, 328-pound sophomore’s film starts to make the rounds. Being in Scott Lakatos’ old stomping grounds could ensure a strong look from Georgia.