RECAP: The Dawg Night that Was

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This past weekend saw over 1000 visitors to the University of Georgia’s campus, 700 of which found themselves competing at the late evening session of Dawg night. There’s a lot to summarize, folks, so let’s get down to it.

Commitments:

3* ATH Randrecous Davis—Atlanta, GA/Mays ‘16

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Randrecous Davis is one of many Mays Raiders, including current Georgia ILB Natrez Patrick and wide receivers coach (and former Bulldogs WR) Bryan McClendon, to commit to Georgia over the years. The rising senior wide receiver commits to the University of Georgia only about a month after being offered a scholarship by Coach McClendon, who saw what Davis had to offer at a 7-on-7 camp hosted on Georgia’s campus last month. Davis’ skillset includes the ability to get up and win jump balls (even against corners and safeties larger than he), blistering speed that helps him create separation, and a degree of evasiveness that allows him to burn sleeping defenders. His quick feet aid him in both route-running and avoiding would-be tacklers with nimble cuts and rapid acceleration. And the young man even has a knack for evading tacklers, he’s rarely—if ever—afraid to take a tackler head-on.


4* ATH Deejay Dallas—Brunswick, GA/Glynn Academy ‘17

Coach Mark Richt and Deejay Dallas.
Coach Mark Richt and Deejay Dallas.

Dallas is a 6’, 180-pound athlete who can play well just about anywhere on the field—so much so that coaches Schottenheimer and Pruitt are both rumored to want the rising junior on their side of the ball. Dallas joins Bailey Hockman (Powder Springs, GA/McEachern), the #2 quarterback in the class, as the lone Georgia commits for 2017; the two met each other for the first time on Saturday afternoon and immediately hit it off. Within hours, Deejay Dallas was committed to be a Georgia Bulldog.

At this point it would seem as if Dallas is poised to stay on offense, where he shows promise as a receiver. At any given moment the Glynn Academy standout could very well be the fastest player on the field, using his long legs to stride past an entire defensive backfield. Possibly the most sure-handed 2017 receiver in the state, Deejay Dallas’ highlight film is loaded with one-handed catches of tipped balls, sideline snags, and slant route completions with defenders all over his back. Georgia seems lucky to have secured Dallas early; his list of scholarship offers isn’t too long but has gotten longer as he approaches his first high school season as an upperclassman.


4* WR Charlie Woerner—Tiger, GA/Rabun County ’16

(Update 7/23) Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 230 pounds is wide receiver-tight end hybrid Charlie Woerner of Rabun County High School. The nephew of former UGA All-American defensive back Scott Woerner, Charlie is now the biggest throwing target in Georgia’s 2016 recruiting class. It’s likely that Woerner assumes multiple roles in the Bulldogs’ offense; he plays a variety of offensive positions in high school including fullback, tailback, tight end, and wide receiver. Though he’ll need to gain a bit of weight if expects to play tight end in the SEC, what makes Woerner so successful at so many different positions is his sure-handedness in combination with excellent footwork and a big body difficult for any single player to bring down to the turf. Also known for the vocal leadership and outstanding work ethic he brings to his Rabun County Wildcats team, this dynamic athlete is a good get for the Dawgs who will need big targets for the slew of incoming quarterback talent.


Dawg Night Visitors Committed Elsewhere

Florida State tight end commit Isaac Nauta (Buford, GA/IMG Academy) spent six hours in Athens on Saturday speaking with coaches and seeing the campus. He did not compete at Dawg Night. Nauta’s visit came within a week of publically expressing frustration with recent disciplinary issues with football players at Florida State in a July 15th interview with UGASports.com. Georgia would love to take Nauta, and they may have a chance moving forward, but I don’t see Nauta flipping to UGA. Coach John Lilly already has a 2016 tight end he’s really excited about in 3* Garrett Walston (Wilmington, NC/New Hanover); Nauta sticking with Florida State would still leave Georgia with a very promising young prospect at the tight end position.

Explosive outside linebacker Vandarius Cowan (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/Palm Beach Gardens) is a solid Florida State commit who lists Georgia as his #2 school. Cowan now famously has said it would take Florida State University burning to the ground for him to flip anywhere else. I think it’s safe to say we shouldn’t like our chances here—and please…nobody try and burn down Tallahassee.


 

Top-Priority Uncommitted ‘16 Visitors 

5* DT Rashan Gary—Paramus, NJ/Paramus Catholic—6’4”, 310 lbs. 

Defensive tackle Rashan Gary was given a tour of campus and had plenty of face time with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. It sounds like he really enjoyed his visit and plans to return for a game at Sanford Stadium in 2015. If Georgia’s coaching staff can land an official visit from Gary, and it sounds like they can, the Dawgs will be a major player for the #1 overall prospect Gary going into national signing day 2016.


5* DT Derrick Brown—Buford, GA/Lanier—6’4”, 320 lbs.

Brown, still considered by many to be a future Dawg, toured campus Saturday and had his family in attendance for what was his last college visit of the summer. Though Tennessee and Auburn have entered the mix for Brown, it seems that the #1 player in the state is leaning toward staying home to play his college ball.


4* DT Antwuan Jackson—Ellenwood, GA/Cedar Grove—6’3”, 285 lbs.

We know that Jackson loves the coaching staff at Georgia, once going as far as saying Tracy Rocker and Jeremy Pruitt are “the best [defensive line coach and defensive coordinator] duo in the game right now.” Spent time with coaches Richt, Pruitt, and Rocker at Dawg Night, which could only have helped Georgia’s chances. I still think this one is a toss-up between Georgia and Auburn, if the Bulldogs can reel in Jackson and complete the fabled “Fab 5” defensive line class discussed by recruits Rashan Gary, Derrick Brown, Antwuan Jackson, and Georgia commits Julian Rochester and Tyler Clark, it would be totally unprecedented (and thus, unfortunately, a little unrealistic).


4* OLB Brian Burns—Plantation, FL/American Heritage—6’5”, 220 lbs.

The current defensive end looks more and more to resemble a Leonard Floyd-type of outside linebacker and had an excellent showing at Dawg Night. Brian Burns is high on the Dawgs’ board and looks to be one of few linebackers Georgia will take in 2016. Dawg Night looks to have really improved Georgia’s chances with Burns.


4* ATH Mecole Hardman—Elbertson, GA/Elbert County—5’10”, 170 lbs.

Hardman worked out at both receiver and corner at Dawg Night and excelled at both. Georgia remains the favorite on Hardman, who maintains that he will stay silent whenever he commits, and some players hint that he could already be committed to Georgia.


5* ATH Demetris Robertson—Savannah, GA/Savannah Christian—6’1”, 170 lbs.

Robertson attended Dawg Night with his sister and toured campus. It really seems that Georgia remains the favorite for the former Bama commit Robertson and as soon as Robertson’s mother can visit campus and meet Coach Richt, he will be able to commit with his mother on board.


4* WR Kyle Davis—Lawrenceville, GA/Archer—6’2”, 225 lbs.

Davis competed at Dawg Night and stayed overnight. He keeps pretty quiet on his recruitment so it’s hard to tell (especially with Auburn and Tennessee recently coming into play), but with 2016 QB commit Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, WA/Lake Stevens) in his ear, it might be hard for Davis to say no to Georgia.


4* RB Elijah Holyfield—Atlanta, GA/Woodward Academy—5’11”, 200 lbs.

Holyfield competed at Dawg Night, taking passes and handoffs from Jacob Eason and Bailey Hockman in the night session. The coaching staff paid extra attention to the running backs in attendance due to the current lack of a committed tailbacks for the Bulldogs’ 2016 recruiting class. The staff made sure Holyfield knows he is wanted at UGA and I believe that puts Georgia in an excellent position to land the power runner.


Notes:

-2016 QB commit Jacob Eason still looks like Jacob Eason. He threw to a lot of different receivers and looked very good doing it. His mechanics are as good as they’ve ever been and he can throw ‘em deep. I would say the young man has a cannon for an arm, but that would be an insult to Eason. Cannons are far less accurate.

-Big Ben Cleveland competed very well after recovering from a recent finger injury that prevented him from appearing at camps, consequently dropping his ranking from five stars to four. He won 80% of his reps against very talented defensive line competition.

-Georgia offered 2018 QB Trevor Lawrence (Cartersville, GA/Cartersville), a very talented young signal caller who, as a rising sophomore, already stands at 6-foot-5 and nears 200 pounds. With very talented quarterbacks Jacob Eason and Bailey Hockman already committed to Georgia, at this point it wouldn’t make sense for the future four- or five-star Lawrence to commit to UGA, but it seems as if it was the one offer he really wanted.

-Former UGA commit EJ Price (Lawrenceville, GA/Archer), who says Georgia is still his number one option, was in attendance. Georgia already has the necessary number of 2016 offensive linemen committed but would surely make room for the very talented, very large Price.

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