Thursday, January 12, 2012

Recruiting Roundup: 20 days til NSD

I'll have some Todd Gurley thoughts tomorrow as we get ready for his Friday the 13th announcement. For today, some more nuggets.

Sean Price (TE out of North Mario HS in Florida) was offered yesterday. He's considered a "soft" commit to South Florida. He'll visit Athens the weekend before signing day. Kimberley has a nice writeup on him with a video. Arkansas and Oklahoma are interested as well, but Price wants a helmet close to home. So the main competition would appear to be USF. With Artie Lynch taking over for Orson and Aron, he'll have ultra talented Jay Rome behind him. Richt also has a long standing commit from Moultrie's Ty Smith.
Again, Todd Gurley makes his announcement tomorrow. It seems to be down to Clemson and Georgia. Smart money's on the Dawgs, but Dabo prints his own cash. Should be interesting.

Henry Co's Dalvin Tomlinson
Another big target is Josh Harvey-Clemons. Unlike I thought the last time we talked about him, now it doesn't sound like he'll wait until February 1st to announce. We're in a tight battle with Florida, but looks like we hold a slight edge here as he comes to Athens this weekend.

Also making a late official visit next Monday (due to his wrestling schedule) will be Henry County defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson. Alabama and Georgia Tech seemed to be the frontrunners but given Saban's "wealth" of commits it may just be down to the two in state rivals. So Tomlinson will give Richt and his staff full consideration. He's very athletic, two time state wrestling champion and gifted in the classroom as well with a 3.9 GPA. Tech REALLY wants him. Can McClendon pull the upset?

Two more quick notes. At wide receiver we're hot on the trail for JUCO prospect Cordarrelle Patterson, but also keep an eye on Auburn commit Ja'Quay Williams. If we can get him to come in for an official we might just be able to steal him late in the game. And at defensive back, Lakatos really has his sights set on Tennessee's top prospect Sheldon Dawson out of Memphis. He's physical and has great ball skills. He's a long time Memphis commit, even through their coaching change, because he would like to play running back as well. He's not as big as some of the DB's we've been after since Lakatos came to town, but he has that aggressiveness that Grantham's defense requires. Should be an interesting one to watch.


Bernie said...

I've long wanted Tomlinson.  Something about elite wrestlers.  You know they'll work hard, are quick, good with their hands, and can really work in tight spaces.  His size, physical tools, and the skills developed as an elite wrestler seem almost ideal for someone in a 3-4 DL occupying blockers and shedding blocks.

Bernie said...

Exactly what I was thinking as I've read about him. Could be even better than Abry at working into the backfield and eating more than his share of space.