Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Recruiting Update: 15 days til NSD

The big news yesterday was that Dalvin Tomlinson did not make it to Athens for his official visit. This all but assures he will sign with Tech. He was once considered a Bama lock, but then they cooled off. So it was believed to be down to the two in-state schools. This is a big, smart, athletic kid. Not looking forward to seeing him on the other side of the line.

Dalton Santos of Van TX
In better news, Georgia really put the hard press to Josh Harvey-Clemons this weekend. As we talked about before, JHC is a very athletic young man and is the state's top uncommitted prospect. Richt and staff spent the weekend entertaining the family and talking to Josh about how he would fit Grantham's defense, as well as some possible time on the other side of the ball ($$). The last two visits go to Louisville and FSU, but it still appears that this is a two horse SEC East race between us and Florida.

One of the more intriguing storylines developing is which defensive backs Georgia is able to close with down the stretch. Currently Richt has no DB commits but is hot on the trail for a couple of big ones. Sounds like Will Redmond will stick with Miss State, but there's still a chance we land Sheldon Dawson out of Memphis and we're still talking to more. Some fans are frustrated not seeing certain names get offers or being mentioned more frequently. But keep in mind that since Lakatos came to town we've become much more "picky" in who we try to "snag" as future defensive backs. Not just anyone can play his style of pass defense. You have to have certain skills and traits to make it. It doesn't appear the coaches are just willing to settle for a hot name. So stay tuned.

Lastly, the other position that is currently lacking for commits and where it would be nice to get a signature is inside linebacker. Grantham's visit with Dalton Santos went well. Given Tennessee's shaken up coaching staff this is a kid that might be ripe for the picking. And given the loss of Kent Turene we could use some future talent here.

You can feel the tension starting to build as Georgia has several slots to fill with this class. Hang on tight!

Addendum - Socrates says the coaches are confident they can pull a "shocker" at DB on NSD. Check his list of who it isn't and start trying to read those tea leaves. Plus, he has actual film of Santos tackling the (crap) outta people.

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