Monday, December 3, 2012
Weekend Rewind: Georgia
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- After coming within 5 yards of playing for a national championship on Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs really needed some good news on Sunday. To make matters worse, one of their top targets, wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams chose Texas A&M over Georgia on Sunday night. Missing out on a BCS bowl game did not help the mood in Athens, either.
Just when it seemed the Bulldogs could not catch a break on the field or on the recruiting trail, coach Mark Richt received a phone call. One of Georgia’s top targets, ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) was on the line. Terry had gone quiet after a visit to Clemson, deciding to mull over how he would fit with the in-state Tigers. He had already decommitted from Georgia once and the pressure to remain in South Carolina weighed on him. Terry was torn between the two programs. But during the call to Richt, Terry revealed he had made a decision.
“I called Mark Richt and told him I was solid to Georgia,” Terry said. “He was happy for me and he respected how I handled the process. I am happy to be committed to Georgia. I am ready to leave for Athens, attend Georgia and be successful.”
Despite the fact that Georgia was less than 24 hours from its biggest game in 30 years, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff was on the trail Friday. Tight ends coach John Lilly went to Goose Creek and saw Terry. The visit demonstrated to the talented senior that he was a top priority for the Class of 2013. He subsequently called the Clemson coaches and canceled his in-home visit with the Tigers’ staff.
Hitting the recruiting trail the day after the SEC championship game also paid dividends with the Bulldogs' highest-rated commitment, cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek). Rodney Garner, Scott Lakatos and Kirk Olivadotti took in Wiggins’ playoff game against Burke County (Ga.) High School on Friday night. Lakatos and Garner then visited Wiggins at his home on Sunday. Wiggins had been one of the Bulldogs’ most successful recruiters, helping the staff fill out the Class of 2013. But he recently was approached by South Carolina, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Florida. Wiggins set up officials to each of those schools and told DawgNation he was checking his other options.
Having the Georgia coaches visit before and after the game convinced Wiggins he was needed in Athens. The No. 34 prospect also spoke to Terry on Sunday night, indicating afterward via Twitter that he was solid to Georgia as well. Having the Bulldogs’ top two commits reaffirm their intentions to play between the hedges may not make up for missing out on a BCS bowl game, but it does help assure that there will be more chances to get there in the future.