ATHENS, Ga. -- Saturday's one-day Mark Richt Camp at the University of Georgia showcased an abundance of the region’s top athletes. The prospects were put through drills and testing by the Georgia coaches for more than five hours. The Bulldogs’ director of on-campus recruiting, Daryl Jones, told the campers that Saturday’s events were equivalent to a job interview. Here are 10 players (in alphabetical order) who made the best case for being hired.
2013 TE Jordan Davis (Thomson, Ga./Thomson): The long and lanky Davis came into the camp looking for an offer from the Bulldogs. He left with his mission completed. After seeing Davis beat several linebackers off the line of scrimmage, Richt offered Davis before the second session. Davis created separation in his routes and was open all day.
2014 QB Cole Garvin (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek): Although a bit undersized, Garvin has a big arm and passing accuracy. He threw a series of bullets that had receivers wanting to join his repetition during the pass skeleton drill. Garvin was recently invited to the Rising Seniors program's Georgia Junior Bowl, and he demonstrated Saturday why Sandy Creek will be force in the upcoming season.
2013 WR Rico Johnson (Swainsboro, Ga./Swainsboro): The speedy Johnson was likely the best athlete on the field Saturday. He stood out at wide receiver as well as cornerback. He posted 40-yard dash times of 4.25 and 4.28 seconds. Mark Richt offered him a scholarship after the first pass skel session, and Johnson committed at the end of the camp.
2013 S Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell): Being physical is the calling card for Mauger, and he has proved that in the last three weeks. His Kell squad won the Gwinnett vs. Georgia 7-on-7 tournament, thanks in large part to his play at safety and receiver. On Saturday he stood out again for the Georgia coaches and was rewarded with a scholarship offer. He closed off the deep secondary in the pass skel drills and put up a 4.53-second time in the 40-yard dash.
2013 OT Maverick Morris (Douglas, Ga./Coffee County): A relative unknown before Saturday, Morris emerged as a BCS-caliber blocker at the Mark Richt Camp. At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, he showed a solid base. With Georgia's need to bring in three or more offensive linemen in this class, he could give the Bulldogs a lot to think about on their board.
2013 LB Johnny O’Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens): The Georgia commit did not impress the last time he was in Athens for a camp. Saturday was different. He was constantly singled out for praise by inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti. O’Neal is a strong, downhill run-stopper. Olivadotti called him “The Hulk” at one point. O’Neal proved the merit of his new nickname when he slightly bumped Davis, leaving the 225-pound tight end sprawled on the ground.
2014 TE Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist): It is hard to believe Richard just completed his sophomore season. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound tight end looks ready for college now. He made catch after catch and was physical off the line. It obviously runs in the family, as Richard is the nephew of Georgia great Herschel Walker; he won the top underclassman award at the Orlando NFTC.
2015 RB Traveon Samuel (Phenix City, Ala./Central): The 2015 running back created nightmares for opposing linebackers in 1-on-1 drills and impressed when lining up in the slot. At 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, Samuel showed an outstanding burst and the ability to turn on a dime during positional work, drawing several compliments from coach Bryan McClendon.
2013 WR Deangelo Yancey (Atlanta/Mays): An Atlanta SPARQ All-Combine and Atlanta NFTC All-Camp selection, Yancey made life difficult for defensive backs all day long. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver was too physical to jam at the line of scrimmage and showed impressive cuts in and out of his routes. Yancey recently picked up several offers from schools such as Kentucky, N.C. State, Ole Miss and Wake Forest, and Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball told Yancey he would be in touch with him before Dawg Night.
2014 LB Juwon Young (Albany, Ga./Albany): You can tell this 2014 prospect is still learning the nuances of playing in space, but the rising junior was one of the most physically impressive prospects, if not the most impressive, on the field. Young has great size and showed fluid hips, and though he is a year younger he looked more chiseled than O’Neal. Raekwon McMillan might have all of the offers, but Young has made a case to be included as a top linebacker prospect in Georgia next year.