Georgia Bulldogs: Stanley Williams

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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With football season now in full swing, there was plenty of recruiting news over the weekend. From Georgia's big win over South Carolina with several top prospects in attendance to some impressive high school performances, here is the latest news around the SEC.

Inside the DawgHouse: G-Day edition 

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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:

  • Plenty of talent expected to visit for G-Day
  • RB recruiting close to done?
  • Latest on Stanley Williams
  • 2015 RB on the radar
  • Short visit for ESPN Watch List DE

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The One Who Got Away: Da'Rick Rogers 

January, 31, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- To this point, no decommitment has resonated more loudly during Mark Richt’s Georgia tenure than when Da’Rick Rogers flipped from the Bulldogs to Tennessee just before national signing day in 2010.


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Georgia Class of 2014 running back commit Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./Georgia Walton Academy) said a recent report indicating he had visited Notre Dame this weekend was "a big misunderstanding" and that he did not visit the South Bend, Ind., campus.

"It was just a big misunderstanding," Williams said. "I just don't want people to think I have a bad reputation of lying or saying where I am going and things like that. But I told them I wasn't going to be able to make it, because I had a basketball game. When they texted me and asked if I was going, I said I was supposed to go, but some other things came up. We had a game on Saturday, and I wasn't able to make it.”

Williams said he was contacted Saturday by a number of reporters asking if he was on campus, visiting Notre Dame for its Junior Day.

"I told them that I wasn't able to make it," he said. "Before I told them that I wasn't going, someone said that they had seen me there, but I wasn't really there, so it has gotten blown all out of proportion."

Williams' father, Stanley Williams Sr., also confirmed that his son did not make the trip. "If we were to go someplace, we would do it right," the elder Williams said. "We certainly wouldn't tell a lie about nothing."

However, Williams was at a loss to explain quotes attributed to him in which he described his visit to Notre Dame.

"Those are incorrect," Williams said. "I never told anyone I was going anywhere I wouldn't be. I approach the media well, and I tell the truth about my recruitment."

Pressed on where the quotes came from, Williams said of the reporters, "Well, I can't really say what they did and what they didn't [do]."

Williams maintains he is still committed to Georgia. "Most definitely I am a Dawg," Williams said. "Nothing has changed my mind so far in the recruiting process."

However, he told DawgNation on Dec. 27, "My commitment is obviously not as strong as it was before, when I first committed, because of the running backs they have now and [recruiting coordinator Rodney] Garner leaving. It definitely had an effect on how I feel now, but we have a while to go so we will just see what happens."

In that same interview, Williams expressed interest in Auburn, where Garner now coaches, Clemson and Alabama.

Position scouting report: RBs 

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Editor’s note: Over 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 running backs:


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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 

December, 27, 2012
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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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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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Georgia RB commit takes in FSU game 

November, 27, 2012
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Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton) went to go see an SEC school play on Saturday, but it wasn't the Georgia Bulldogs -- the program he's committed to.

Instead, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound tailback saw Florida State host its in-state rival Florida in its regular season finale.

"It was crazy watching them go head to head and play for the bragging rights for the rest of the year," he said. "It was a fun place to be in."

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UGA fills 2014 ESPN Watch List 

September, 27, 2012
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Mark Richt is in the midst of his 12th season at the University of Georgia, and the SEC’s longest-tenured head coach has consistently brought in top-ten recruiting classes every year. It helps to be in the backyard of one of the deepest talent pools of any state in the country.

While it might be hard to match this year’s depth of top-tier prospects -– Georgia has 31 prospects in the ESPN 300 for the 2013 class –- there is no shortage of talented in-state juniors either. Twenty-five recruits from Georgia are in the initial ESPN Watch List, including three already committed to the Bulldogs in running back Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy), wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and defensive back Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X).


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Inside the DawgHouse - August 17 

August, 17, 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:

  • 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
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UGA visit wows 2014 RB Sony Michel 

July, 31, 2012
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What was once a two-team race for 2014 running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) has opened up after the talented tailback visited the University of Georgia on Friday. Now it appears that Florida State and Miami have a new school with which to compete.

“It is probably not going to be that battle anymore because Georgia is in the mix now,” Michel said. “Georgia’s great. It is something amazing, something different. I am glad I actually took this visit because it is one of my choices now.”

Michel spent the night Friday in Athens, Ga., and left Saturday. He found it hard to name what he liked the most about his time in the Classic City.

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Five who impressed at Dawg Night 

July, 14, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s Dawg Night found top athletes from around the nation going head-to-head in Sanford Stadium on Friday night. The action was fast-paced under the bright lights. Some new faces tried to impress the Bulldogs’ coaching staff while other prospects tested themselves against new competitors. DawgNation has a list of five prospects that stood out with special performances.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- National Signing Day is like Christmas Day for Georgia’s coaching staff, when they finally lock up players they often spent years recruiting to join their program. Short of signing day, one of the most impactful events in that recruiting process comes today, when dozens of high-caliber prospects arrive in Athens for “Dawg Night.”


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This Friday’s Dawg Night figures to be one of the biggest recruiting events of the year for the University of Georgia. The Bulldogs staff will direct much of their attention to the 2014 and 2015 talent set to come together between the hedges. The coaches are hoping that two rising juniors, who have grown close in the past few months, decide to play together in Athens. One of them is already planning on it.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comAt Dawg Night this weekend, 2014 UGA commit Nick Glass (above) plans to talk up the Bulldogs to uncommitted pals, including Raekwon McMillan.
Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) has been committed to Georgia for several months, and the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back has become one of the strongest recruiters for the defending SEC East Champions. He is excited about his first Dawg Night.

“I am looking forward to bonding with the other commits and talking to a few targets that UGA has their sights on,” Glass said. “I want to sell the school that I feel is best, so I tell them the positives -- and even the negatives, but mostly positives -- and then they end up falling in love with it after I tell them everything.”

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