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Five things to watch for this weekend

11/11/2011

UGA hosting Jenkins, Bauta

The University of Georgia has a huge game against SEC rival Auburn this Saturday. In attendance will be many key prospects including ESPNU 150 defensive end Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) and athlete Faton Bauta (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer).

Jenkins has already officially visited Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn and the Crimson Tide appear to have pulled ahead slightly over the Gators, Dawgs, Vols and Tigers. Georgia hopes to make up some ground with him this weekend. The Bulldogs are also fighting a host of other schools for Bauta.

There were also be many Georgia commits there for the game including ESPNU 150 offensive tackle John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School), fullback Quayvon Hicks, defensive ends James DeLoach (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County) and Leonard Floyd (Eastmon, Ga./Dodge County) and ESPNU 150 defensive tackles John Atkins (Thomson, Ga./Thomson) and Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County) and 2013 commitments with running back Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), quarterback Brice Ramsey (Kingland, Ga./Camden County) and safety Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan).

Alabama commitment, linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga./Buford), is expected to be there as well, as many junior targets like running backs Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert County) and Keyante Green (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy), cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), linebacker Johnny O’Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens), DB Trae Elston (Oxford, Ala//Oxford) and 2013 LB Ben Boulware (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County).

Georgia, currently on a seven game win streak, looks to close very well with their 2012 recruiting class.

Rainey slated to visit Columbia

Kelvin Rainey (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) will make his official visit to South Carolina this weekend. Rainey, 6-3 and 220 pounds, saw the Gamecocks live in action last weekend against the Razorbacks. In fact, he was an official visit to Arkansas, despite being committed to South Carolina.

“I am hoping to a have real good weekend in South Carolina,” Rainey said. “I will be looking to see if they can bounce back from the loss and play the game they know how to play. I want to see how they react and how they improve from one week to the next.”

While Rainey says he’s still firm with the Gamecocks he will keep a close eye on how coach Steve Spurrier utilizes the tight end.

“That’s the thing,” Rainey said. “They need an athletic tight end that can help them make some plays down the field. I am that guy. I know Arkansas is a school that does a real good job with their tight ends.”

Rainey, a four-star prospect, is the No. 14 tight end prospect in the nation.

Winston visit to FSU

The nation’s top ranked quarterback, Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown) will make his official visit to Florida State this weekend, marking his first trip to Tallahassee this fall. Winston has already made an official visit to LSU and been to Alabama on two different occasions, including last week’s game against LSU.

Maybe this will quiet down the doubters who believe he will not uphold his decision to play for the Seminoles.

Jones sets up two visits

Wide receiver Malachi Jones (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), will make an official visit to FIU this weekend and has also scheduled an official visit to UCLA (Dec. 10).

“I am hoping they offer when he visits,” Central Gwinnett coach Wofford said. “Notre Dame contacted me [Wednesday] and wanted to see his senior film ASAP.”

Jones, 6-0 and 180 pounds, finished his senior year with 82 receptions for 1,045 yards and 14 scores. Those are some of the best numbers from a Peach State receiver in 2011. His brother, Tai-lor Jones, plays for the Fighting Irish.

Big playoff games this weekend

There are some great matchups Friday night, as the high school football playoffs are now under way. Perhaps the matchup of the weekend takes place in the state of Alabama when Daphne (Ala.) hosts Prattville (Ala.) in a phenomenal second-roundgame.

Other prime time matchups through the region are Valdosta (Ga.) Lowdes at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson, Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood at Suwannee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge, West Monroe (La.) at Hahnville (La.), Reserve (La.) East St. Johns at New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin, Belle Chasse (La.) at New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine, Tupelo (Miss.) at Madison (Miss.) Madison Central, Gulfort (Miss.) at Petal (Miss.) and Long Beach (Miss.) at Brookhaven (Miss.).