National Signing Day Preview
Regardless of how you spend the National Holiday tomorrow, remember that if it is in front of a computer the F5 key refreshes the fax machine. Don't let the boss catch you singing Glory, Glory, especially if he did his undergrad work on North Avenue. In fact, it might be a good idea to go ahead and get any projects completed before tomorrow's big day.
Especially if you're already cutting out tomorrow like your humble blogger here. Then it can wait until Thursday. For now, let's speculate and prepare ourselves.
- Late Additions to the Class -
Signing Day times of interest:
Those are the key names to watch for tomorrow. If you know what time Turene and/or Richardson are signing, feel free to update in the comments. Both Pagan and Crowell are down to UGA and Bama. I still think we get both along with Turene. If we add Richardson I'll be pleasantly surprised.
I'm both thrilled and frustrated it'll be Saturday before we get Jenkins' official decision. Thrilled for him that he's going back home to do it. Frustrated that we have to wait a few more days to see his Georgia cap.
- Late Subtractions to the Class -
Again, I'm not expecting any of the 23 current commits to leave us at the alter. But as I frequently remind myself and my readers, we are dealing with 17-18 year old kids for the most part. You never know who's getting in who's ear just before ink hits paper, especially when coaches have been on a dead period the last couple days. But regardless, everything I've read says this group is solid red.
Here's a complete list of current commits courtesy of SicemDawgs.com.
|David Andrews||C||6-2||275||Norcross, GA (Wesleyan)|
|Sterling Bailey||DE/LB||6-5||260||Gainesville, GA (Eas Hall)|
|Devin Bowman||ATH||6-0||175||Rossville, GA (Ridgeland)|
|Chris Conley||WR||6-3||180||Dallas, GA (North Paulding)|
|Watts Dantzler||OT||6-8||330||Dalton, GA (Dalton)|
|Zach Debell||OT||6-7||265||Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs)|
|Ray Drew||DE||6-5||243||Thomasville, GA (Thomas County Central)|
|Quintavious Harrow||S||6-0||190||Columbus, GA (Carver)|
|Amarlo Herrera||LB||6-2||215||College Park, GA (North Clayton)|
|Christian LeMay||QB||6-2||200||Matthews, NC (Butler)|
|Hunter Long||OL||6-3||293||Eads, TN (Briarcrest Christian)|
|Nick Marshall||ATH||6-2||185||Rochelle, GA (Wilcox County)|
|Chris Mayes||DT||6-5||295||Griffin, GA (Spalding)|
|Malcolm Mitchell||CB||6-1||187||Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)|
|Corey Moore||S||6-2||195||Griffin, GA (Griffin)|
|Jay Rome||TE||6-5||255||Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)|
|Chris Sanders||ATH||6-1||185||Tucker, GA (Tucker)|
|Justin Scott-Wesley||WR||6-1||210||Camilla, GA (Mitchell County)|
|Sanford Seay||WR||6-2||198||Leesburg, GA (Lee County)|
|Damian Swann||DB||6-0||175||Atlanta, GA (Grady)|
|Nathan Theus||OL||6-3||255||Jacksonville, FL (Bolles)|
|Xzavier Ward||OT||6-7||255||Moultrie, GA (Colquitt County)|
|Ramik Wilson||LB||6-3||218||Tampa, FL (Jefferson)|
** LeMay and Conley have already enrolled **
- Speculative Surprises -
I guess you can potentially throw the likes of Dickson and Bray in this category, which I will loosely define as players expected to sign elsewhere that change their mind at the last minute. I've seen it defined as a DaPrick'd as well.
There's just barely enough reason to think that Dickson and Bray might consider a late change. They both liked Georgia late in the game and have had friends and family in our corner. But if Rogers spurning UGA last year created a whirlwind of discontent, Dickson and Bray doing anything other than what's expected would be a Richter scale earthquake of seismic proportions. Just don't see it happening.
However, the way the coaches have recruited and the recent excitement that has been created, I wouldn't be totally dumbfounded if someone came out of left field.
- (Too Early) Semi-Conclusive Thoughts -
If we are fortunate enough to add the likes of Crowell and Jenkins to that list, I would say the coaching staff have not only done a helluva job getting a lot of talent to sign, but also made good use of the scholarships in covering all positions. Especially ones of dire need. If we can add a couple of those other targets then we're already ankle deep in gravy.
We'll look at this more after everything's official, but I keeping reminding myself that we're coming off a 6-7 season and only 14 wins in the last 26 games. So one thing I'll be listening for in the NSD wrapup interviews is how they sold the UGA brand despite the disappointments on the field. Because it was more than a Dream Team concept when you get right down to it.
Two quick examples that impress me: 1) TE is one of our deepest positions with Orson Charles and Aron White already fighting for starting snaps and Figgins and Lynch behind them. Yet CMR and staff were able to get one of the nation's top TE prospects in Jay Rome to come to Athens. 2) Although the departure of Stacy Searels is likely to end up a good thing for all parties involved, the timing was bad as they always tend to be in those situations. Yet we have held onto our commitments in his area as well as a good group of linemen. Not to mention adding at least one more despite not having a definite name as the 2011 OL coach.
- Parting Shots -
Stop by for the live blog tomorrow. The way I figure, it'll be one of those I was there when type of experiences where you one day look back and tell your kids you were a part of Bernie's 3rd Annual Live Blog...or, it'll be worth the click to see the disaster I can make of one solitary event. Either way, win win!
Also, in case I'm swept away from the excitement of so many glazed doughnuts, don't forget about From Hedges to Hardwood's live blog of Crowell's announcement tomorrow.