Friday, June 14, 2013
UGA 7-on-7: What we learned
By Kipp Adams & Radi Nabulsi
The Georgia coaching staff hosted its third 7-on-7 tournament in the last eight days on Thursday, with teams from all over the Peach State competing for the coveted trophy that Mark Richt bestowed at the end of the day. Jefferson County (Ga.) High School won the tournament, beating Callaway (Ga.) High school in the final game. The staff used the competition to evaluate several prospects and to identify new targets.
Class of 2015 athlete Terry Godwin said he felt right at home at UGA, which is an early favorite in the rising junior's recruitment.
Here are a few things we learned:
UGA making 2015 ATH feel at home
For the third year in a row, 2015 athlete Terry Godwin (Hoganville, Ga./Callaway) put on a show at the tournament. The 6-foot, 170-pound rising junior has grown accustomed to performing well in Athens, and both he and his mother said after leaving that the comfort level was very high at Georgia.
“I love the atmosphere and how the coaches treat us,” Godwin said. “We are like one big happy family. Coach Richt is like my father, Coach [John] Lilly is like my uncle, and coach [Todd] Grantham is like my other uncle.”
Godwin, who is up to 10 offers, plans to check out Ole Miss, Clemson and Tennessee this summer. He and his mother both hinted a decision could come soon, which could be good news for the Bulldogs.
“Georgia is at the top of my list right now,” Godwin said. “I hope to make a decision before my junior year or at least by midseason.”
2016 defensive end gets UGA offer
Rising sophomore Jordan Woods (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Christian), a 6-foot-3, 228-pound defensive end arrived on campus Thursday with nine offers to date, and he left with 10. After watching his film between camp sessions, defensive coordinator Grantham and defensive line coach Chris Wilson had Woods compete in the afternoon linemen one-on-one session. Apparently they liked what they saw in the gifted 2016 prospect.
“Mark Richt said he liked the way I played and the other coaches did, too, so he wanted to offer me a scholarship at the University of Georgia,” Woods said. “I said this was a blessing and thank you, and he said, ‘Oh, you love the Lord? That is great because I do, too.’ He is a very God-fearing man and I feel that is very important to me.”
With three years left to play, Woods plans to keep an open mind while considering whether to stay in-state or look elsewhere at other promising opportunities. As a freshman he tallied 64 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Another 2016 ATH to watch
Halfway through the 7-on-7 tournament, an impressive athlete stood out on the field. At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Kyle Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) also caught the eye of the Bulldogs’ staff, who let him know they will be recruiting him in the future.
“They told me I had great size and they also asked me how I felt about UGA,” Davis said. “They told me to keep my grades up and basically they showed interest in me.”
Davis plays wide receiver and safety now, but with his size and age, he could easily grow into a linebacker or tight end at the next level.
Key to success
The offensive and defensive linemen camp that was held in conjunction with the 7-on-7 tournament gave the big men a chance to show their skills to the Georgia coaches. While Woods picked up an offer in the afternoon session, three other players stood out in the morning group. Sophomore defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson Jr. (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) said that the Georgia coaches thought he did well.
“They told me to focus on school and not to let anyone out work me in what I do,” Jackson Jr. said.
McEachern offensive tackle Chuma Edoga (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) received a lot of attention from Georgia’s Will Friend. Edoga had quite a few battles with Jackson Jr. and defensive end Arden Key of Martin Luther King (Ga.) High School. Key, who has 20 offers already, could pick up another offer from Georgia once he brings his grades up.
“They said I have good hips and good hands and all I really need to do is work on my grades,” Key said. “I met like 10 coaches today. My top schools are South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. I won’t know until after tomorrow who is in the lead and who is not. I am going to South Carolina tomorrow, so after that I will know.”
Rising senior quarterback Jacob Park (Goose Creek, Ga./Stratford) spent time throwing for the staff at last Saturday’s minicamp. He finally picked up the Georgia offer that he had wanted for more than a year. Five days later, the Elite 11 signal-caller said that he is ready to decide. Park said that he plans to make his choice in the coming week and has narrowed his list to Georgia and Alabama. Park, the nation’s No. 8 dual-threat quarterback, is only the second quarterback Bobo offered this year.