Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tales From The Road: Georgia Bulldogs
By Kipp Adams
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: University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made the most of his time on the road over the last few days, checking in on two five-star defensive line prospects and his top target at outside linebacker. On Tuesday, Grantham saw defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith), the No. 3 prospect in the country. That same day, Grantham also went with defensive line coach Chris Wilson to see defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest). The No. 10 prospect in the country, Gaillard has the Bulldogs on top of his list at the moment. Coach Wilson also saw ESPN 150 defensive end Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C/J.H. Rose), ESPN 150 defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker), ESPN 150 cornerback Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) and three-star lineman Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist) over the last seven days. On Friday, Grantham was in attendance to watch the ESPN 150 defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). Last Thursday, wide receivers coach Tony Ball went to check on what could be his top target at wideout for the 2014 class. ESPN 150 prospect Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) says Coach Ball came out twice to see him this spring, and he plans to return the favor this summer with a visit to Athens, Ga. Earlier this week, inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti wasted no time in going to see new outside linebacker target and recent Florida decommitment Christian Miller (Spring Valley, S.C./Spring Valley). The ESPN 150 prospect had been hoping to get an offer from the Bulldogs, and now plans to come check Georgia out soon.
Area of interest: South Georgia is home to two targets that Georgia would love to add to their 2014 recruiting class. ESPN 150 cornerback/athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) is looking at both in-state schools, and after visits to both campuses he seems torn between the two. He might be the most talented cornerback the Bulldogs have a great shot at bringing in this recruiting cycle. Recent offensive line target Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) is thirty minutes down the road, and he hold his offer from Georgia in very high regard. Putting their foot on the gas for both prospects could result in two additions to the commitment list from a pair of in-state prospects with enormous potential.
Prospect performance: ESPN 150 prospect Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) decided he wanted to introduce himself to new quarterback transfer A.J. Bush (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). The 6-foot-5, 228-pound defensive end recorded at least three sacks on Bush, and added another eight tackles, while several college coaches, including Grantham, watched on the sideline.
“I did pretty good,” Carter said. “I had to introduce our quarterback to our Norcross defense.”
Word on the street: Who will be next to commit to UGA? -- dawgontap -- Four-star running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) will visit Georgia on Friday, Auburn over the weekend and South Carolina before making his decision sometime next week. The Bulldogs are considered the team to beat for one of the most productive running backs between the tackles in the Southeast, but the Gamecocks have given the 5-foot-11, 217-pound running back something to think about. Still, Georgia could fill its need at tailback for the 2014 cycle within the next 7-10 days.
What to watch: Both running back targets will have their spring games this week. Chubb will scrimmage with this team Thursday, and ESPN 150 prospect Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) will take part in his spring game on Friday. Both four-star prospects, Chubb and Michel have been highly productive at the high school level. If the Bulldogs can add Chubb, running backs coach Bryan McClendon will continue his rise as one of the elite recruiters at his position, not only among his SEC counterparts, but in the entire country.