Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tales From The Road: Georgia Bulldogs
By Radi Nabulsi
Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Georgia’s coaches have been and what prospects are standing out.
This week’s targets: Last Monday Mike Bobo and Will Friend saw Lowndes (Ga.) High School offensive lineman Dyshon Sims, who would get an offer from Georgia two days later. On Tuesday Tony Ball dropped on wide receiver commitment Krenwick Sanders at Wayne County (Ga.) High School and Todd Grantham and Kirk Olivadotti checked in on ESPN 150 linebacker target Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) . Grantham also visited ESPN 150 LB targets Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) that day. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson saw safety target Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove) and John Lilly saw Callaway 2015 athlete target Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway). On Thursday, Grantham and Lakatos saw ESPN 150 CB targets Nicholas Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) and D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton), and evaluated Cameron Albright (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb).
Area of interest: North Carolina has been good the Georgia Bulldogs. The running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall can attest to that. When the ESPN 150 was released, 10 players from the Tar Heel State made the initial list, which is only one prospect less than the state of Georgia and the same as the entire state of California. The No. 3 tight end in the nation, Jeb Blazevich, has already committed to Georgia, and the Bulldogs lead for the No. 10 overall prospect in defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest).
Prospect performance: Defensive tackle Davonte Lambert (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College) proved why his offer list is continuing to grow. Facing Adam Duckett, a 6-foot-7, 350-pound right tackle, Lambert repeatedly shot past the mammoth lineman to get into the backfield during the Bulldogs’ scrimmage last Thursday. When Duckett was replaced by a slightly quicker lineman, Lambert used a powerful club and rip move to and continue his disruption. Meanwhile, linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) has not been able to practice since hurting his hip at the state track championship on May 4.
Word on the street: “What is the latest on Dyshon Sims?”- Mark T. -- When we spoke to Sims just moments after he had received his offer from Georgia, the 6-4, 278-pound offensive tackle was still in a state of shock. Sims grew up a Georgia fan in a house full of Bulldogs loyalists and it seems to be just a matter of time before he commits to Georgia. He has visited Athens before and his cousin Josh Harvey-Clemons will likely start at safety for UGA in the fall. Sims wants to talk the offer over with his family and likely take a visit before he makes a decision. He also has offers from UCF, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee and Charlotte.
What to watch: With spring practice coming to a close at many of the schools in Georgia, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff will be trying to catch as many spring games as possible. On Friday, at least one coach will likely be at Norcross High School to watch ESPN 150 defensive end Lorenzo Carter and running back Myles Autry. Autry won’t be participating as he recovers from a knee injury suffered last season, but Carter is No. 16 in the ESPN 150 and a top priority for Georgia.