Georgia Bulldogs: Demarre Kitt

When ESPN 300 wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) verbally committed to Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon, it didn’t come as a surprise to many. After all, Malone is the top-ranked prospect in Tennessee and the Vols have placed a heavy emphasis on landing the talented pass-catcher.

Clemson, however, has been known to go out-of-state and land top receiver prospects such as Sammy Watkins. The Tigers might have lost out on Malone, but it’s not like they were left empty-handed.

Clemson already has commitments from ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), as well as Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga/Fork Union Military Academy).

The Tigers are also targeting another ESPN 300 prospect Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside) and they are considered, by many, to be the favorite for the talented pass-catcher.

In addition to Clemson, Malone was also heavily considering Georgia and Florida State before narrowing down his choices to Clemson and Tennessee late in the process.

For Georgia, the Bulldogs already have commitments from Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland) and Gilbert Johnson (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and they are limited on scholarships. Unless something changes on its recruiting board, Georgia might not take another receiver in this class.

Florida State, meanwhile, is still in heavy contention for ESPN 300 wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and Florida commit Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead). If FSU continues to have success on the field and happens to win the national championship, the Seminoles will likely see new names appear on their board.
JEFFERSON, Ga. -- The Georgia high school track and field championships always draw a good crowd despite the heat and humidity that accompanies the three-day event. Though this year spectators were greeted with cloudy skies and cool temperatures. Several college football prospects competing on Thursday, and thus we learned a few things.

ATHENS, Ga. -- The big news out of Athens this week concerned raises for each of Mark Richt’s football assistants -- including a big raise and new three-year contract for offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

Bobo received a $240,000 pay bump to $575,000 per year and assistants Will Friend and Tony Ball also got sizable raises, but all nine Richt assistants received a pay increase of some sort.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- ESPN Watch List wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) recently cut his mammoth offer list down to a top-15 group of schools that he will consider.

“It got crazy at one point with almost everybody that offered me trying to talk to me,” Kitt said. “So I had to cut my list down to 15 schools. After spring practice I will cut it down to eight or 10. At the end of summer I will do five and then go from there.”


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ESPN Watch List WR shuffles leaders 

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Recruiting is never static, especially at this time of the year. Coaches are on the road and visits are being taken. That holds true not just for the Class of 2013 but for this year’s junior class, which is being wooed by college coaches trying to get a jump on the ever-quickening recruiting cycle.

Each day we find college coaches checking in on the top prospects for the Class of 2014. Such is the case with ESPN Watch List wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek).


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Position scouting report: WRs 

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Editor’s note: In the next several weeks, we’ll take a look at each position on Georgia’s depth chart and project how it might look in the future. Today we examine Georgia’s wide receivers:

" 2012 two-deep depth chart:
Tavarres King (Sr.), Chris Conley (So.)
Malcolm Mitchell (So.), Rhett McGowan (Jr.)

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ATLANTA -- One of the Peach State’s top cornerbacks recently had a chance to win the Georgia Junior Bowl with a catch in the end zone. The fact that he was playing receiver and not cornerback in a game that boasts 100 of the best players in the state is a testament to why he is coveted by LSU, Florida State, South Carolina and a host of other schools.

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Dante Sawyer talks package deal 

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ATLANTA -- Georgia lost its only outside linebacker commit in Naim Mustafaa when he decided to enroll early at Oklahoma State a few days ago. The Bulldogs are also losing two starters at the position as well with Jarvis Jones heading to the NFL a year early and Cornelius Washington graduating. With no immediate help on the horizon, the Georgia coaches will turn to some of the Class of 2014 standouts.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comSuwanee, Ga., junior defensive end Dante Sawyer is starting to see his recruiting pick up.
One player whose recruitment is on the verge of taking off is defensive end Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett). The 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior has already received verbal offers from Ohio State and North Carolina, with many more possible.

“I am hearing from Ohio State, Clemson, UCLA, Georgia -- every now and then -- and Alabama,” Sawyer said. “Florida is starting to talk to me a little bit, so I’m looking forward to hearing from some more schools sooner or later.”

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Two on top for WR Demarre Kitt 

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Demarre KittRadi Nabulsi/ESPN.comWide receiver Demarre Kitt, who was committed to Georgia, now has Ohio State and Clemson on top.

Coming off a junior season in which he caught 76 passes for 1,236 yards and 11 touchdowns, returned a punt for a touchdown, and helped his team to a 15-0 record and AAAA state championship, ESPN Watch List wideout Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) has become one of the most sought-after Class of 2014 prospects in the Southeast.

As it stands now, two programs are on top for the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior.

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Notebook: Rising Seniors registration 

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ATLANTA -- The third annual Rising Seniors program kicked off Thursday with the arrival of 98 of the best players in the state of Georgia in the Class of 2014. The weeklong event is unique among All-Star games because it honors the top juniors, educating the emerging players on the recruiting process and providing a chance to showcase their talent against the best in the Peach State. The All-Star game will be aired live on Monday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com and WatchESPN.

One player participating in this year’s Rising Seniors program has been a household name in recruiting for almost two years now.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comUGA 2014 running back commit Stanley Williams committed in 2011, but recent developments have made him question his pledge.
Stanley Williams’ commitment affected by changes at UGA

When running back Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy) committed to Georgia at Dawg Night in 2011, he was the second sophomore in the country to announce his decision. Since then, Georgia has signed two running backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, they have one committed in the 2012 class in A.J. Turman (Orlando, Fla./Boone) and are hot on the trail of another in ESPN 150 prospect Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). Williams has also seen his recruiter, Rodney Garner, leave Athens recently as well. The recent news has not gone unnoticed by the 5-foot-9, 192-pound junior.

“My commitment is obviously not as strong as it was before when I first committed because of the running backs they have now and Garner leaving,” Williams said. “It definitely had an effect on how I feel now, but we have a while to go so we will just see what happens.”

Williams spoke to Bulldogs running backs coach Bryan McClendon a few weeks ago, where McClendon indicated he would likely be recruiting him directly in the future anyway. But the departure of Garner has put another school in the mix as well.

“Coach (Rodney) Garner told me that even though he is at Auburn he does not expect it to affect his recruitment of me,” Williams said. “He wants me to get to know Coach (Gus) Malzahn more and him being at Auburn has them standing out more.”

A couple other programs are standing out as well to Williams.

“I have been talking with Coach (Tony) Eliott at Clemson and they are standing out,” Williams said. “With the production at Alabama, them sending guys to the league and the National Championship, they stand out. Kirby Smart said if they do not get Alvin Kamara, they will likely need another running back in the 2014 class and I could very well be that guy. He said to keep my options open and try to give them a look over the summer.”

Although Georgia or Alabama look to likely add Kamara to the roster next year, Williams says he is not worried about being buried in the depth chart at either program.

“Wherever you go you will have to work to be a starter, so I am not going to worry about who goes where,” Williams said.


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Recruits react to Garner leaving UGA 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- The news that Georgia’s recruiting coordinator, Rodney Garner, is accepting the assistant head coach and defensive line coach positions at Auburn University comes at a perilous time for the Bulldogs. There are just fewer than seven weeks until national signing day and Georgia has 30 committed recruits while targeting five to six more nationally ranked prospects.

Some of those prospects gave their thoughts to DawgNation upon hearing the news:

DT Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson Community College): "That's crazy. I haven't heard anything from anybody about this, so I am just going to make some calls tomorrow and see where this goes. This is why I hate the recruiting process. It will affect me a little bit, but I still like UGA. I just have to see who the new coach is and try and build a relationship with him before February. ... UGA is still my leader until I talk to the coaching staff."

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Weekend Rewind: Georgia 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- As the dead period in college football approached, the Georgia coaching staff tried to make the most of this past weekend.

Assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and offensive line coach Will Friend were dispatched to the Georgia Dome to see and be seen by the Bulldogs’ targets playing in the Georgia state championship games.

Between them they witnessed cornerback commit Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), offensive line commit Josh Cardiello (Buford, Ga./Buford), running back target Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), linebacker target Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford), athlete target Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and wide receiver target Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) win state titles. They also saw defensive tackle priority Montravius Adams and his Dooly County (Ga.) High School team come up short in their championship game.

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Top recruits abound at Ga. state finals 

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There will be no shortage of talent, or college coaches, on the field at the Georgia Dome this weekend, as the GHSA football state championships are set to take place. All seven games will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting TV, as well as streaming online at gpb.org/sports. Here are some prospects to keep an eye on in each of the seven matchups.

Prince Avenue (11-2) vs. ELCA (12-1): Class A Private, Friday, 2:30 p.m.

The top prospect in the opening matchup of the weekend is ESPN 150 defensive end Isaac Rochell. He committed to Notre Dame over 20 other offers back in June. His teammate, running back Keyante Green, is a ESPN 300 prospect who committed to Purdue during the summer after being previously committed to UCLA. Eagles Landing Christian Academy has two ESPN 2014 Watch List selections to keep an eye on as well in defensive end Andrew Williams and quarterback/athlete Dalton Etheridge. Williams, whose brother Anthony plays defensive end at Georgia Tech, looks to follow Rochell’s path as one of the most coveted prospects in Georgia.

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Alan Knott recruits as hard as he blocks 

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TYRONE, Ga. -- Much of the recent reporting from Sandy Creek (Ga.) High School has referenced skill players like cornerback Shaq Wiggins, quarterback Cole Garvin and wide receiver Demarre Kitt. But just as in college and the NFL, the success the Patriots have seen starts on the lines. Which for Sandy Creek means it starts with offensive tackle Alan Knott.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comAlan Knott is aggressively recruiting Georgia commit Shaq Wiggins, his high school teammates, to South Carolina.
Knott is committed to South Carolina, having picked the Gamecocks over Miami, Virginia Tech and North Carolina, among others. In his last playoff game against a stingy Burke County (Ga.) High School defense, his Patriots were in an unfamiliar position: trailing after the third quarter.

“We were down and it was kind of nerve-racking right there for a little bit but we persevered through it,” Knott said. “We got Eric Swinney running that football and we made some adjustments on the line.”

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DT Chris Williams eats big, plays big 

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TYRONE, Ga. -- With three Georgia coaches watching on the sideline on Friday night, defensive tackle Chris Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) picked an inopportune time to do his first Willie Beamen impression. Like the quarterback from “Any Given Sunday”, Williams was sick to his stomach on the field, but shook it off and kept playing.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comTyrone, Ga., junior defensive tackle Chris Williams is seeing plenty of interest pick up in his recruitment.
“We fought,” Williams said. “I was throwing up a lot tonight. I don’t know why. I think I ate too much of the pregame meal. We had chicken biscuits and potatoes. I have never had that happen before. I guess it was because I ate three chicken biscuits. Eat big, play big.”

Teammate and Georgia commit Shaq Wiggins joked that Williams was eating biscuits “like Starbursts.”

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