Monday, June 17, 2013
Georgia camp recap
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s recruiting staff will sleep well in the coming days. Ten consecutive days of camps, including three days of 7-on-7 tournaments, three days of offensive/defensive linemen camps, junior camps, varsity camps, specialized drills and even an overnight camp has the staff on its last legs. But the results were stunning.
Before the camps started, Georgia had five commitments. Less than two weeks later the Bulldogs have doubled the size of their class and could see a few more commitments soon. This past weekend saw a continuation of the momentum built up on June 8. Here are some of the highlights:
Bobo gets his man
Mike Bobo liked what he saw from quarterback Jacob Park.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is very picky when it comes to offering quarterbacks. That is the position he coaches and he knows that his success in developing Matthew Stafford and Aaron Murray makes for a nice résumé. He can’t get every quarterback he wants, but Bobo doesn’t miss too often. At the Mark Richt minicamp on June 8, he offered a scholarship to Stratford (S.C.) High School quarterback Jacob Park after seeing Park work out. Park had wanted the Bulldogs to offer for more than a year and, after narrowing his list Alabama and Georgia, Park committed to the Bulldogs on Friday afternoon.
“He is ecstatic,” Adam Park, Jacob’s father said shortly thereafter. “He feels he made the right decision. I think he made the right decision -- a lot of people think he made the right decision. It was a no-lose situation. Richt told Jacob that they only offered two quarterbacks and the he was their No. 1 guy and they would not recruit another quarterback ‘until you tell me yes or no,’ and he stuck to his word.”
Bobo had only offered one other quarterback, Deshaun Watson of Gainesville (Ga.) High School. Watson has been committed to Clemson for almost 18 months. Watson will enroll early, as will Park.
“Jacob is graduating high school in January,” Park said. “He is enrolling at Georgia in January. He will be there for spring practice. And he is not the type of kid to decommit, either. He has seen other people do it and it kind of disgusted him.”
Big Ben picks up Georgia offer
Rising sophomore Ben Cleveland (Taccoa, Ga./Stephens County) spent a half-day in Athens on Friday working out for offensive line coach Will Friend. The 14-year-old offensive tackle drilled with the older players since, upon seeing him, Richt said to put him with the “big boys.” Cleveland felt right at home, especially considering he was still the biggest offensive lineman on the field. Despite his youth, Cleveland is a whopping 6-foot-6, 320-pound people-mover. He had already picked up offers from Clemson, Florida, Texas and South Carolina before Georgia followed suit.
"Well, I think that it was pretty cool thing being offered a scholarship by a program I consider my home team,” Cleveland said.
Cleveland picked up only the fourth offer that Georgia has extended for the Class of 2016. The other three youngsters with Georgia offers include running back Antonio Williams (New London, N.C./North Stanly), tight end Isaac Nauta (Buford, Ga./Buford) and defensive Jordan Woods (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Christian). Cleveland spent Saturday camping at Alabama.
Woods walks away with offer
Speaking of Woods, he received a Georgia offer the day before Cleveland after working out in the latter half of the offensive/defensive linemen camp. The 6-3, 228-pound rising sophomore already has 10 offers, despite his youth. Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida will all try to keep the talented defender in-state, so the Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them if they want to Woods to play in Athens.
2015 quarterback parade, Part 3
During Georgia’s camp, Bobo had several of quarterbacks throw for him. Park created the biggest news with his offer and subsequent commitment, but several 2015 quarterbacks also tried out in Athens. Ty Storey (Charleston, Ark./Charleston) and Tyler Queen (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) threw on June 7 and June 8, respectively, and Ricky Town threw for Bobo on Saturday. A 6-4, 190-pound pocket-passer from Saint Bonaventure (Calif.) High School, Town has six offers already, and from football powers such as Alabama, Florida State and Texas.
With Georgia’s class effectively half-full, there are many more targets than spots remaining. Many of the players on the Bulldogs' wish list are planning to wait until later in the summer or after December to commit, but look for the Georgia coaching staff to use the commitments of the last nine days to their advantage. There will be subtle reminders to those targets that if they wait too long, their spot might be taken. Another four or five commitments in the next two weeks would not be out of the question, with maybe even two coming this week. DawgNation will have a list of the most likely candidates on Tuesday.