Georgia Bulldogs: Kelsey Griffin

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:

FLORIDA

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.

GEORGIA

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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Richt checks on his top commit 

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ESPN 150 cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) spent Sunday morning eating breakfast with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, then ended that night on the phone with Georgia coach Mark Richt.

Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

ESPN 150 DT Griffin picks South Carolina 

October, 10, 2012
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Just a few weeks after his commitment to the University of Georgia was not accepted, ESPN 150 prospect Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) has joined the commitment class of another SEC program -- coincidentally, one that just defeated the Bulldogs 35-7 on Saturday. According to Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis, Griffin has committed to play for the Gamecocks.

"Kelsey has just informed me and the coaches at the University of South Carolina that he is committing to play football there next fall," Jarvis said. "Kelsey attended the South Carolina-Georgia game on an unofficial visit this weekend and returned home to finalize his decision with his parents this week. Kelsey had offers from schools across the entire country before narrowing his choices to South Carolina and UGA this summer. He is very excited about the opportunity to play for the University of South Carolina and be apart of their continued success."

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Inside the DawgHouse: Sept. 28 

September, 28, 2012
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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.

In this week's update:

  • Prospects flock to Athens
  • Spots filling up

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Don't blame Georgia for Griffin mixup 

September, 21, 2012
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Don't persecute Georgia for its handling Friday of the Kelsey Griffin situation.

The defensive tackle from Hochston (Ga.) Mill Creek called UGA to deliver his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs, only to learn that the Georgia coaches weren't ready to take it.

That's recruiting.

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Griffin not a commit after all 

September, 21, 2012
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It appears Georgia's Class of 2013 might not have added ESPN 150 defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) just yet.


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Top five uncommitted: Georgia 

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In what is now widely considered to be the fourth-best state as far as FBS football talent is concerned, the 2013 class in Georgia could be the deepest group of talent to come out of the Peach State. More than 200 prospects are claiming offers at the moment, which would easily surpass the 170-180 FBS signees the state has averaged over the last three years. In this feature, RecruitingNation takes a look at the top five remaining uncommitted prospects in Georgia.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comMontravius Adams has official visits to LSU, Oregon and USC in the works.
Montravius Adams, DL, Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds
No. 3 prospect in Georgia
Front-runner: Auburn

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Inside the DawgHouse (Sept. 14) 

September, 14, 2012
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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.

In this week's update:

  • Georgia coaches hit the road

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7 from Saturday: Recruiting roundup 

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Every week through football season, DawgNation writer Kipp Adams will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Southeast play football. Those nuggets could include recruiting gems, game observations and/or merely thoughts on sports in general.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comThe nation's No. 1 prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, saw a lot of double- and triple-teams in his season opener.
On Saturday, I was at the Georgia Dome for the Corky Kell Classic.

  1. Star-struck: The ESPN 300 was well represented Saturday, with seven members on the field at the Georgia Dome. They did not disappoint either, as several of the top performances of the day came out of that group. Other top prospects were in attendance to watch the event, including ESPN 150 defensive lineman Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek), ESPN 300 defensive end and Florida State commitment Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee), four star defensive end and University of Florida commitment Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) and 2014 University of Georgia commitments Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X.). This year, the event added a fifth game to the slate, so I had a chance to watch 10 of the best programs in the state do battle for from 9 a.m. to midnight. I am still napping in an effort to recover from the football overload.

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Inside the DawgHouse - August 17 

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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.

In this week's update:

  • ESPN 150 DL down to two; decision soon?
  • Juco target gets call from Richt
  • Schools pushing for 2014 UGA commitment
  • Rogers next in line at Buford
  • Emerging quarterback excited about Rising Seniors
Get Inside the DawgHouse now.


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Notebook: Summer recruiting recap 

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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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Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., has been very good to the Georgia Bulldogs. Quarterback Aaron Murray was a star there as was his Panthers Bulldogs teammate Orson Charles. On Tuesday, safety Paris Bostick will announce his decision on where he will play college football and Georgia is hoping the Plant pipeline continues.

“I am going to announce my decision on Tuesday,” Bostick said. “We will have a ceremony or something like that. I know where I am going.”


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Recapping a busy Dawg Night 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- A busy Dawg Night has come and gone, with Georgia picking up a pair of commitments -- from three-star safety Quincy Mauger and four-star linebacker Tim Kimbrough -- on one of its most important recruiting days of the year.

Dozens of Georgia's top prospects in the 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes visited for Friday's annual recruiting extravaganza at Sanford Stadium, with most of them participating in competition drills.

Let's recap the day, starting with the Bulldogs' commitments and including updates from some of the prospects who took part in the festivities.

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ESPN 150 defensive lineman Kelsey Griffin recently named the University of Georgia his leader, but he wasn’t quite ready to pull the trigger Friday at Dawg Night. Still, the Georgia native enjoyed his time in Athens and the Bulldogs remain at the top of his list.

“I didn’t do any drills this year,” Griffin said. “I just watched this year. I enjoyed myself. I thought it was way better and better put together than last year. It changed a little bit, and it was more fun than last year.”

Although Griffin opted not to participate in any of the drills, he watched and learned from UGA defensive line coach Rodney Garner throughout the camp.

“I was watching what Coach Garner was teaching and what game plan he has,” Griffin said. “Everything he was doing was excellent. I saw some stuff I did know, and I saw some stuff I didn’t know. It was good to get to watch and see.”


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