Thursday, June 13, 2013
Camp preview: What to watch
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff hosted 28 teams in 7-on-7 competitions last week and on Thursday they will welcome 20 more to Athens. This third tournament will have some of the top schools in the state in attendance. On Friday, the staff will host an overnight camp where players that signed up will get to experience life as a Bulldog for the day. Looks like another busy week for the coaches so let us look at five stories to watch.
Griffin comes to town
The Bulldogs have picked up two running back commitments for the Class of 2014 in Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, but Georgia has also offered a few junior tailback prospects. One of the top players in the state for next season is McEachern (Ga.) High School running back Taj Griffin. His offer list is already 13 schools long, and he is just getting started. Griffin lit up the Nike SPARQ camp this spring, scoring a 105 rating with 4.43 seconds 40-yard dash, and 4.15 seconds 20-yard shuttle and an incredible 40.9 inch vertical jump. His jump was tops among all the running backs in the nation that went through the camp. Griffin has brothers that play for Georgia State and Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs hope the athletic tailback stays in-state as well and will try to convince Griffin to do so while he is in town.
2015 WR Terry Godwin returns to the scene of one of his most dominating performances.
Repeat performance for Godwin?
The talk of the Mark Richt 7-on-7 tournament last year was the play of a freshman wide receiver. Terry Godwin of Callaway (Ga.) High School was unstoppable as he blew past some of the Peach State’s best cornerbacks, scoring double-digit touchdowns and making acrobatic catches. Godwin was so impressive that he by the end of the tournament, most of the Georgia staff was on the sidelines of the Callaway game watching him. Richt wound up offering Godwin on the spot as an athlete. Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss would soon do the same. Can Godwin live up to last year’s performance?
Blood thicker than recruiting?
Georgia outside linebacker target Bryson Allen-Williams committed to South Carolina in April. While the talented linebacker is a big part of the Gamecocks recruiting class, he has also given Steve Spurrier a leg up on his younger brother, rising sophomore defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson Jr. (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove). Jackson may be two years younger than Allen-Williams but he is already bigger than his older brother. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defender was one of the top five underclassmen at the Atlanta Nike Camp and has picked up offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Missouri and Auburn. Jackson has said that he wants to play on the same team with his brother, but Georgia has told him it is likely going to offer.
2015 quarterback tryouts continue
Last week two Class of 2015 quarterbacks spent time in Athens throwing for offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Tyler Queen (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb) and Ty Storey (Charleston, Ark./Charleston) both tried to impress the Bulldogs’ quarterback coach, but Bobo told Storey that he would not extend an offer until he saw more of the quarterbacks he was evaluating. Two of those will be in town on Friday. Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) and Kyle Kearns (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) will fly into Athens to make their case. After Friday we might find out who gets the coveted and rare offer from Bobo.
Green Machine visiting
ESPN 150 cornerback Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) will be visiting Athens once again on Thursday. Green is coming on his own, as his high school team is not participating. The 5-11, 162-pound rising senior recently picked up an offer from Ohio State, giving him 23 offers. Green has been a Georgia target for a long time but the Bulldogs are facing stiff competition from Clemson, Tennessee and South Carolina.