Georgia Bulldogs: Georgia football recruiting

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Bulldogs’ coaching staff wanted bookend cornerbacks for the Class of 2014, and after picking up a verbal commitment from ESPN 300 athlete Malkom Parrish, the search was on to find his counterpart. That search ended Friday, when Georgia picked up a commitment from Hutchinson Community College cornerback Shattle Fenteng.

“I just want to be a Dawg,” Fenteng said. “When I told the coaches, they were excited. They said they were jumping up and down.”

Fenteng picked the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Kansas State. He said it was Georgia’s record that put the Bulldogs on top.

“I like that UGA is a winning program,” Fenteng said. “That is important to me. I played at Grayson High School, where we won the state championship my senior year. And Hutchinson wins a lot, too.”

Fenteng grew up less than an hour away from Athens, so when the offer came from the Bulldogs last Saturday, he pounced on the chance to return home.

“So I called Coach [Scott] Lakatos, and he told me I was the cornerback they were recruiting, and he wanted me to go there,” Fenteng said. “He decided to offer me a scholarship.”

The 6-foot-2, 184-pound cornerback took Lakatos up on the offer less than a week later. Fenteng had visited Georgia over the summer, so he knew what the Bulldogs had to offer.

“I liked my visit,” Fenteng said. “I liked the coaching staff and the area too. I know what they can do for me.”

As to what Fenteng can do for Georgia, well, he can just carry over what he is doing at Hutchinson.

“I had four interceptions and 16 pass break-ups last year,” Fenteng said. “I had 57 tackles and two tackles-for-loss. We didn’t do any corner blitzes last year, but we might do that this year, since we are sophomores and more experienced. Georgia likes to do that.”
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest High School football coach Bob Sochovka accurately predicted when his five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard was going to be a star. It was a play that could easily be overlooked on a highlight reel full of sacks and tackles for loss.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- On Saturday the Georgia Bulldogs’ coaching staff will see if it can continue its impressive streak of recent recruiting wins when five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) makes the five-hour drive to Athens with his mother. The nation’s No. 12 overall prospect wants to make a decision soon and Gaillard’s visit could seal the deal for Georgia.

“I am coming down with my mom and my family,” Gaillard said. “I want her to see it and see if she likes it.”

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Last year, the Peach State produced the nation’s top two overall prospects in defensive ends Robert Nkemdiche and Carl Lawson. The Georgia Bulldogs saw both leave the state and play in the SEC West. This year, Lorenzo Carter is the state’s top defensive prospect, yet Georgia trails Florida on Carter’s list of top schools. While Carter admits that he is not close to a decision, the thought of losing the talented defensive end to the Gators has Georgia fans worried. Five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan is also giving the Bulldogs’ faithful fits with his talk of Ohio State.

The Bulldogs could still land both Carter and McMillan in the six months before signing day. So the hand-wringing is a bit premature. But that doesn’t stop Georgia fans from repeatedly asking about why Georgia landing these top defensive players?

Enter Trenton Thompson.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Offensive lineman Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga/Lowndes) joined Georgia’s 2014 crop of commitments on Friday when he verbally pledged to join the Bulldogs at Mark Richt’s Dawg Night camp.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- With much attention is focused on the annual Dawg Night camp that will start at 4 p.m. ET, next weekend might have some fireworks as well. Five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard is scheduled to visit the Bulldogs on July 20, and according to his head coach, Bill Sochovka, Georgia has positioned itself well.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- It is appropriate that a guy named Baker would give Georgia a dozen commitments. Those who enjoy puns could only have wished that defensive lineman Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist) was No. 13 for the Bulldogs, thus making the proverbial baker’s dozen. But Baker actually is more than just No. 12.

The 6-foot-5, 284 pound lineman can play both sides of the ball and his double-digit offer list proves he is coveted as both a defensive and offensive tackle. So that was the question, which spot will he play at Georgia? Right now, the answer is on defense. Baker fills the role of the versatile lineman that Mark Richt likes to recruit. Justin Anderson and freshman John Atkins are a couple of the more recent examples. Baker could play defensive end or line up at the nose in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense.

Aside from his versatility, Baker is a tough customer in the middle with his massive size and long arms. He recently dropped 10 pounds but with his frame he could easily top 310 pounds before he ever plays a down for Georgia. Baker fires off the ball low and fast, traits that could see offensive line coach Will Friend trying to poach Baker from the defense.

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ESPN 300 DE has UGA in front 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- The potential logjam at outside linebacker in Georgia's recruiting class just got a little tighter. There are no commits at the position so far, but the Bulldogs lead for Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), are tied at the top for Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and are among the top three that Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) is considering. In addition, a fourth ESPN 300 target just completed a weekend visit with the Bulldogs, and Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) still has Georgia out front as well.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker, was in Athens on Wednesday, talking with Mark Richt and Kirk Olivadotti. Miller liked what he heard. In fact, he left campus thinking he could easily see himself suiting up for the Bulldogs.


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Georgia instant impact recruits 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Coaches are always looking for recruits who can have a major impact on their programs. Here is a list of prospects -- both commits and realistic targets -- that could make an impact for Georgia in 2014:

1. TE Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian)
HT/WT: 6-5, 228 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 94

Blazevich could easily see the field before any of the other commits or targets that Georgia is after in the Class of 2014. Arthur Lynch is a senior this year so Blazevich will join only two other tight ends -- Jay Rome and Jordan Davis -- on the roster when he arrives in Athens. Davis will bulk up and be the prototypical blocking tight end who replaces Lynch, while Blazevich will be an offensive threat downfield. He recently won the wide receiver MVP award at the Nike Football Training camp, a first for a tight end.


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ATHENS, GA. -- Offensive tackle Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) has visited Athens several times before. His cousin, Josh Harvey-Clemons, is expected to be the starting strong safety for the Bulldogs this season and Sims has made the four-hour trip to catch some Georgia games. His visit on Friday was different, though. Sims returned to the Classic City as a top Bulldogs target and was treated as such.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff is using new technology to pull in old-school football players. Messages on Facebook and Twitter as well as the tried-and-true handwritten letters are helping the staff cast its nets where the fish are, so to speak. But the new techniques do not reflect a change in the targets themselves. Georgia wants hard-nosed, tough players and it got that in new Bulldogs commit Detric Dukes (Tucker, Ga./Tucker).


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Georgia camp recap 

June, 17, 2013
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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:


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Park joins crowded QB field 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Seldom has the Georgia coaching staff had a week like this. Last Saturday the Bulldogs picked up two commitments from players who choose the Bulldogs on the spot when offered; no waiting, no visits, no nothing. Then on Tuesday, Georgia picked up a commitment from Nick Chubb, the Peach State’s most productive running back last year. On Thursday the Bulldogs received their first pledge from a prospect ranked in the top-10 players from Georgia, ESPN 150 athlete Malkom Parrish. Now Georgia has picked up a commitment from a top quarterback, Elite 11 member Jacob Park.

Jacob Park
Tom Hauck for Student SportsESPN ranks Jacob Park as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country.
Park, from Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C., was in town last Saturday at the Mark Richt minicamp where he spent time throwing for offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Towards the end of the day, Bobo, who also coaches the quarterbacks, had seen enough and Parks was given an offer to play in Athens. Park told DawgNation moments later that the Georgia offer was the one he had wanted for over a year. Six days later he committed to Georgia after narrowing his list to the Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Mark Richt camp on Saturday started off slowly with the campers lining up to run 40-yard dashes under the watchful eye of the coaching staff. Once the stop watches were put away, Richt greeted the over 300 campers, telling them, “We are looking for some Bulldogs.” As the players advanced through general football drills to position drills and then into one-on-one matchups, the speed and temperature of the camp climbed upwards. At the end of the day, Richt had found two new commitments and had offered two more the chance to join his team.


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