Monday, July 15, 2013
Roundtable: Dawg Night developments
ATHENS, Ga. -- One of Georgia’s biggest recruiting events of the year has come and gone, and the Bulldogs scored at Friday’s Dawg Night camp with four new additions to their 2014 crop of commitments.
Our Kipp Adams and Radi Nabulsi were on hand to cover the camp, getting a first-hand look at the newest Bulldogs commits and more who likely will join them in the coming weeks and months.
That brings us to this week’s roundtable question for our two recruiting gurus: What was the biggest development out of Georgia's Dawg Night camp in your eyes?
Kipp Adams: The biggest development is that even though the weather did not shine at Dawg Night, the coaches got it done in recruiting.
Quite often a camp comes and goes with no tangible measurement of how successful it was, but that was not the case this year. Georgia picked up four commitments over the weekend from camp visitors in ESPN 300 offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood), four-star wide receiver Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland), emerging offensive lineman Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) and safety Kendall Gant (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson).
The coaching staff at Georgia effectively used the storm delay to continue to recruit and bond with the targets on campus, and the eight commitments on campus did their part, too. Georgia now has 15 commitments for the 2014 class, which likely means there are no more than seven spots left to fill. That number might be six by this time next week, as five-star defensive lineman Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) could announce his decision soon.
Radi Nabulsi: The biggest development of Dawg Night to me had to be the advances Georgia made in its offensive line recruiting.
Before the camp started, committed offensive tackle Jake Edwards was working on Sims. The Valdosta native spent a long time with Edwards' family and mentioned his ties to them as being influential in his decision. Both Sims and Edwards also spoke with Wynn, who left the Dawg Night camp ready to commit to the Bulldogs. After talking it over with his family, Wynn committed Sunday morning.
Looking ahead, offensive line coach Will Friend offered a scholarship to one of the top rising juniors in the country, McEachern (Ga.) High School’s Chuma Edoga. Edoga is big and fast, running a 4.78 40-yard dash at Dawg Night. His teammate, running back Taj Griffin already has a Georgia offer, and the two will be recruited heavily by the staff.
David Ching: I would say Gant's commitment intrigued me most. I’ve read and heard a lot about most of Georgia’s big prospects and new commits over the last couple of months, but I didn’t know much about Gant beforehand.
I’m learning about him quickly, however, and he looks like a promising prospect for defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos. The rangy (6-foot-3) Floridian shows impressive ball skills and athleticism on tape and had an enviable list of offers from big-time programs before verbally pledging to join the Bulldogs on Friday.
He strikes me as the classic three-star prospect who eventually will outperform his recruiting grade once he arrives in Athens.