Georgia Bulldogs: Jay Woods

Now that the pens have been put to paper, the classes have been announced and most of your attention has turned to the 2014 recruiting season, it's time to take a look at how each school in the SEC did when it came to immediately filling needs.

We're checking out what all 14 teams did to fill holes, and we're looking at which holes still remain. We'll start with the SEC East:


Needs filled: LB, OL, DB, WR, DT -- The Gators had one of the most complete classes out there, finishing second in the ESPN class rankings. Florida landed the top cornerback prospect (No. 3 nationally) in Vernon Hargreaves III, defensive tackles Caleb Brantley and Jay-nard Bostwick, linebackers Daniel McMillian and Matt Rolin, and safeties Keanu Neal and Marcell Harris. The Gators also added five wide receivers, including ESPN 150 members Demarcus Robinson and Ahmad Fulwood.

Holes remaining: DE -- Will Muschamp seemed thrilled with his class, but he probably would have liked to get a least one more defensive end. The Gators missed on a few, including Tashawn Bower, who almost picked the Gators before signing with LSU. Four-stars Jordan Sherit and Antonio Riles were the only defensive ends in this class.


Needs filled: ILB, S -- The Bulldogs had to replace a few bodies at middle linebacker, and did so by signing four. The star of the group is four-star ESPN 300 member Johnny O'Neal, who is the No. 5 inside linebacker in the county. Tim Kimbrough and Ryne Rankin, both ESPN 300 members, also signed with the Dawgs. Georgia also signed five safeties, including two junior college standouts. The top safety in this class is ESPN 150 member Tray Matthews.

Holes remaining: Elite OT, elite RB, elite DT -- Mark Richt was pleased with his 32-man signing class, but he knows it could have been better if a few elite players had signed with Georgia. The Dawgs barely missed on top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss), No. 4 running back Alvin Kamara (Alabama) and No. 2 defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Auburn).

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Michail Carter makes early impression 

November, 14, 2012
JACKSON, Ga. -- Michail Carter was 13 years old this past spring when Georgia assistant head coach Rodney Garner stopped by Jackson High School to check out rising seniors Jay Woods and Justin Akins. The 6-foot-4, 256-pound defensive tackle also caught Garner’s attention.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comFreshman Michail Carter is already making a big impact at Jackson (Ga.) High School.
“My dad was coming to pick me up and I was walking to the truck when I heard somebody say, ‘Is that the big ninth-grader everybody is talking about?’ ” Carter said. “I happened to look and it was the Georgia defensive line coach. I was smiling on the inside but I tried to keep a straight face.”

Garner was introduced to Carter and the Georgia coach decided he wanted to see more of the rising freshman.
In July, ESPN 300 prospect Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) narrowed his list of more than 25 offers. On Thursday the 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle announced his commitment.

Woods chose Vanderbilt over Kentucky and Georgia, giving the Commodores their ninth four-star commitment, fourth ESPN 300 pledge, and 20th commitment overall. He said Georgia was a close second.

"Two weeks ago I could not make up my mind," Woods said after the announcement at his high school. "Vanderbilt was tied with Georgia. But then I felt good on Sunday and I told my mom it was time to make a decision.

"My senior season starts next Friday so I want to get all the distractions out of the way. We weighed the pros and cons of each school and it was not a rushed decision. I feel good about it. I am fully, 100 percent committed to Vanderbilt University."

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Notebook: Summer recruiting recap 

August, 7, 2012
While the summer months are considered downtime, the Georgia Bulldogs have continued their torrid recruiting pace this summer, picking up several commitments from prospects in several states. With the ability and, arguably, the dire need to bring in more than 30 signees for the 2013 class, the Bulldogs have been aggressive with offers. That has paid off with a group that already dwarfs that of the freshman class now on campus. As football season approaches, DawgNation takes a look back at the goings on and decisions made in the past few months, along with a look ahead at what to keep an eye on this fall.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comTampa, Fla., safety Paris Bostick was slated to announce his decision this summer, and still might. The Bulldogs are considered a favorite to earn his commitment.
Commitments piling up
As school let out across the country, prospects seemingly lined up to make their commitments known to the Bulldogs. ESPN 300 wide receiver Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) committed to Georgia on June 1. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound wideout picked the Bulldogs over Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others. Two days later, another ESPN 300 receiver secured a spot, as Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) verbally committed. The 6-foot, 162-pound four-star prospect is considered one of the top deep threats in the always-loaded Sunshine State. Less than a week later the Bulldogs picked up their top outside linebacker target, Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta). It was a rare in-state battle for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound four-star, although SEC rival Tennessee continues its pursuit.

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UGA among ESPN 300 DL Jay Woods' top 6 

July, 19, 2012
ESPN 300 defensive lineman Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) saw his recruitment explode during the spring, with more than 25 schools extending scholarship offers. The four-star prospect has since talked it over with his family and his high school coaches and decided it was time to narrow things down. Here, Woods breaks down the lucky finalists:

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Tom Hauck/ESPNHSESPN 300 DL Jay Woods says Georgia was his favorite team growing up, and that UGA has the best academic program for his major of choice, pharmacology.
Kentucky: “When I went up for a visit during the spring in April, I felt like I already knew Coach Turner well. He talked about where I would fit in if I went there. There was a great vibe around Lexington. Their defensive line coach sends me a written letter, like, every day, so that is one of the reasons they made my top six. I would have to say they are recruiting me the hardest.”

Missouri: “When I went up there for a visit for their spring game, all of their coaches showed me around. Coach [Gary] Pinkel really knew what he was talking about and he has been there for a long time, as has most of the staff. The campus was very nice, even though it was a rainy day. Coach [Craig] Kuligowski was telling about how they practice, and I liked what he had to say.”

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UGA commits, targets dot ESPN 300 

June, 6, 2012
Wednesday saw the first update of the ESPN 150 and the debut of the ESPN 300 for the 2013 class. Georgia commits are well represented with six players landing in the ESPN 300.

All three of the Bulldogs' wide receiver commits are in the ESPN 300, with recent commits Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) coming in at No. 235 and No. 290 respectively. Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) just misses the ESPN 150, landing at No. 161 in the ESPN 300.

Speaking of just missing, linebacker Johnny O’Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens) comes in at No. 152 in the rankings. He is joined by fellow inside linebacker commit Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./ East River), who makes his debut in the ESPN 300 at No. 293. Another Sunshine State commit,, athlete Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) is ranked No. 156.

The Bulldogs already have three more four-star recruits for 2013 than they had in the 2012 signing class and Georgia is looking to add more. A number of Georgia targets are listed in the ESPN 300. The coaching staff is still in good shape with defensive tackle Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) at No. 164, athlete Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) at No. 209, offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) at No. 246 and inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough (Indianapolis, In./ Warren Central) at No. 282. Plus the Bulldogs are in the running for two Peach State defensive ends with Davin Bellamy (Chamblee,Ga./Chamblee) at No. 297 and Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) at No. 300.

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Defensive lineman Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) already had 19 offers from schools all over the country, so why would another offer be any different? Well, when offer No. 20 comes from the team that he grew up following, it is deemed a special one. Woods was offered Thursday by the Georgia Bulldogs, and he couldn’t be happier.

“Mark Richt just offered me,” Woods told DawgNation. “My coach called me to his office and I called Coach [Bryan] McClendon and he said, 'I have good news for you but I am going to let Coach Richt tell you.' Coach Richt said I was a good football player and he was trying to put together a Dream Team for 2013 and I could be a big part of it. He said, 'I would like to offer you a full scholarship to the University of Georgia.' ”

Woods says this offer means more because it is one he dreamed of as a child.

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Inside the DawgHouse 3/2 

March, 2, 2012
DawgNation is here to take you Inside the DawgHouse -- a confidential look inside Georgia football recruiting for DawgNation subscribers only. As it will be every week, everything reported Inside the DawgHouse stays on The Pound forum. We are providing this information for our subscribers and hope that you help keep this information protected by keeping it here.

A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • UGA set to host pivotal junior day
  • QB commit discusses new offers and future for UGA recruiting

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Emerging 2013 DL enjoys Georgia-Kentucky 

November, 25, 2011
Several talented prospects were in attendance last weekend at Sanford Stadium to see the Georgia Bulldogs clinch the SEC East title, including an emerging 2013 defensive line prospect who is on the radar of several programs in the Southeast.

Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga./Jackson), a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle, was in Athens back in July for Dawg Night, and he has taken trips to Southern Miss, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Troy. Woods claims an offer from Mississippi State as well.

The return trip to Georgia was a good one for Woods, who has been selected to play in the Rising Seniors Junior Bowl game Dec. 30.

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Peach State: Top Tier Recruiting Ground?
California, Florida and Texas are largely considered the "Big Three" in college football recruiting. But national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why Georgia deserves to be in the top tier and has numbers to prove it.