Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Opening: Georgia storylines
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- With the Elite 11 and The Opening this weekend, here are five storylines concerning Georgia commits and targets:
First look at Park
Georgia fans did not get to see the performance at the Mark Richt minicamp that earned quarterback Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) his offer from offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Had the camp been open to the public, they could have seen the 6-foot-3, 197-pound senior make plenty of throws as Bobo put him through a workout. Park committed to Georgia a week later, catching some fans off guard, as they thought Georgia was going all-or-nothing for Clemson quarterback commit Deshaun Watson. Park will get his chance at the Elite 11 to show the Bulldogs’ faithful what Bobo saw in him.
Georgia fans have seen Nick Chubb's power running, but at The Opening, they'll get a glimpse at his pass-catching skills.
While Street might be a longshot and might be too big to play outside, Carter has the Bulldogs as a co-leader. Miller visited Athens, Williams has already said that Georgia is in his final group and Evans recently named the Bulldogs his leader. It is very likely that one of those standouts winds up in red and black. It will be interesting to see how they do in Oregon.
How are Chubb’s hands?
Georgia running back commit Nick Chubb will be put to the test in the 7-on-7 competitions at The Opening. The downhill power runner will have to make moves and demonstrate he can catch passes. Head coach Scott Hendrix believes that will not be an issue.
“Nick can catch,” Hendrix said. “He can do it all. He has some of the strongest hands you have ever seen.”
Hendrix’s confidence aside, viewers will get the chance to see Chubb in a quick-strike offense instead of his usual punishing ground game. Last year, eventual Alabama signee Alvin Kamara lit up the 7-on-7. It will be interesting to see if Chubb can do the same.
Recruits turned recruiter
The Opening and similar all-star events often have a lot of committed recruits targeting their uncommitted brethren. With Park, Chubb and tight end Jeb Blazevich in attendance and looking to add to the Bulldogs’ recruiting class, the trio likely will bend some ears in Oregon.
Chubb likely will target ESPN 300 offensive guard Isaiah Wynn, who has tweeted about blocking for Chubb in the future. Blazevich was in Athens with Miller and could continue the coaching staff’s efforts to land the coveted defensive end. Park will want a top wide receiver to enroll with him, and ESPN 300 wideout Josh Malone, who is strongly looking at Georgia, could fit the bill.
Close-up for Webster
Cornerback Kendarius Webster went under the radar for a while, but his recruitment took off in the spring. His offer list shows that while he is not highly rated, he is definitely highly coveted.
Webster, who has offers from programs like Georgia, Florida State, Clemson and Tennessee, will get his chance to take on the nation’s best wide receivers. A strong showing in Oregon could increase his visibility and make the fight for the 5-11, 175-pound senior even more chaotic.
Webster was waiting to see who would offer first between Georgia and Alabama. The Bulldogs pulled the trigger first and Webster said that bodes well for the Bulldogs’ chances with him.