- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia returned from a quiet spring break this week with two spring practices, but the big news around campus was the NFL-bound Bulldogs’ pro day on Thursday.
Jarvis Jones was of course the biggest story at pro day after the two-time All-American skipped the workouts at last month’s NFL combine -- and his day was a bit of a disappointment before a huge crowd of scouts and personnel execs. Nonetheless Jones, ranked fifth on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board, said it was a good day. He also further discussed going through the draft process and teams’ apparent concerns about his health and potential longevity in the pros.
We caught up with several of the 17 Bulldogs who participated in pro day and discussed how their preparations are progressing, including slimmed-down John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, linebacker Alec Ogletree, defensive lineman Abry Jones and receiver Marlon Brown.
As for the current Bulldogs, today is a big day, as they will hold their first spring scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.
We updated the progress of rising sophomore outside linebacker James DeLoach earlier this week and also provided some practice updates from coaches and players after practices on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as a photo gallery from Tuesday’s practice.
Our colleague Chris Low also caught up with outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and wrote about his expanding role in the Bulldogs’ defense.
On the recruiting trail ...
Springtime recruiting is about to get hot and heavy, so we’ve been checking in with a number of top prospects who are on the ESPN Watch List. Among the players on our list this week:
We also took a closer look at Georgia’s offensive tackle recruiting for 2014 and offered some names to watch as the recruiting cycle progresses.
On the non-football side ...
Although the weather forecast in Athens does not look too pretty, Georgia’s baseball team will host its first home SEC series this weekend against Alabama (13-9, 2-1 SEC entering the series).
David Perno’s Bulldogs entered the series with an 8-13 overall record and 0-3 mark in SEC play after getting swept last weekend at Texas A&M and then falling 7-5 against Furman earlier in the week -- extending their losing streak to five games. They entered the series with a .294 team batting average and 5.00 team ERA.