Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Countdown to NSD - 28 days

This won't be a daily thing, at least not yet. And there stands a reasonable chance that I'll be able to get away from work to bring you updates live from Butts-Mehre for the fourth year in a row. This promises to be a big class. And now that the on-field action is complete, I'm started to get excited about how the committed and targeted recruits are shaping up.

For today lets just hit a few updates.

Norcross High's explosive playmaker, Alvin Kamara.
Alvin Kamara. A lot of buzz about possibly committing to Bama immediately following their win Monday night as well as taking in the action down in Miami firsthand. Now, I can't confirm he was in South Beach over the long weekend, but I have it on pretty good authority that he wasn't in school on Monday or Tuesday. He tweeted that he in fact had NOT committed to Alabama. So take all of that for what it's worth...

The fact is that this is down to the Crimson Tide and Georgia, and pits a head to head recruiting contest between two former Georgia players; Kamara has said that he is close with both Kirby Smart and Bryan McClendon. The shifty and explosive ball carrier could add a lot to either backfield, even though both schools have established running backs. I suppose junior Eddie Lacy might go pro, but even if he does there is TJ Yeldon and a host of hungry young guys behind him, including Dee Hart who's coming off a knee injury.

At Georgia things might be even more stable with Gurley and Marshall. But if there is one thing that is clear about Kamara, he's not afraid of competition. And both programs would find a way to use the talented Norcross High School star. He's a great down field runner than has the versatility an offensive coordinator dreams of adding to his depth chart.

Davin Bellamy. Losing Jarvis, along with upperclassmen like Cornelius Washington and Abry Jones, means Georgia needs to add some edge pass rushers. And until recently one of the nation's top guys at defensive end was out of reach on the recruiting trail, even though he's from Chamblee GA. Bellamy committed to FSU back in August, but after Auburn brought FSU assistant and former Tiger Dameyune Craig back home to Opelika, Bellamy decided to open things up a bit.

Turns out the main reason Georgia is back in it is because former recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Rodney Garner has changed zip codes as well ($). Kipp Adams goes into some specific reasons why the relationship between Bellamy and Garner (and consequently Georgia) never blossomed, but the end result is that a top pass rusher from our own soil will give the Dawgs a second chance, as well as an official visit later this month.

Bellamy sticking with the Seminoles certainly isn't out of the question. However, he wasn't happy new FSU assistant Sal Sunseri didn't offer him while the coach was the defensive coordinator at Tennessee last year. That may or may not be Sunseri's doing and he has since said that they indeed want Bellamy in Tallahassee. Other programs of interest are NC State and (the new and improved) Tennessee.

Lastly, Montravius Adams. With the depth at Grantham's nose tackle position in serious limbo, Adams is a key part of the 2013 recruiting class for Georgia. This is one we'll look at closely and update as much as necessary, but at this point we appear to have made the final cut. It's a shame the 5-star DT couldn't participate in much of the Under Armour practices or the all-star game after re-aggravating an injury from the Class A championship game last month. But as a 6-3, 290 lb prospect from Dooly County High School, Adams has plenty of interest. Other programs closing in are Florida, Alabama and Clemson.

Look for him to visit Athens later this month which will help him get to know our new defensive line coach and hopefully close the deal.