Georgia signing day updates

semerson@macon.comFebruary 6, 2013 

Greetings from the Butts-Mehre athletic facility. This is the story we will be updating all day with Georgia signing day news. When news warrants there will be separate blog posts. But keep checking here for signings, quotes, comments and analysis.

1:30 p.m.

Davin Bellamy's signing has become official. So Georgia's 2013 signing class is officially at 32. See the note below to see what I know on whether it will expand beyond that.

Head coach Mark Richt (and the coordinators) are due to address the media in a half hour.

1:20 p.m.

The Georgia coaches, speaking about an hour ago to fans, indicated that the team isn't done for the 2013 class. That may be because the team is working on one or two more uncommitted recruits, or they may have just been referring to players who announce later but are expected to go elsewhere, such as Alvin Kamara.

Defensive tackle Toby Johnson has told Dawgs247.com's Rusty Mansell that he will sign in a couple weeks, rather than today. So that may be the last one on the board.

12:20 p.m.

It looks like the fax machine's work is almost over: Inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough and defensive back Shaq Fluker have signed, leaving only defensive end Davin Bellamy, who committed earlier today.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, speaking to some fans just now, said they still had "a couple" scholarships left. At this point there's no indication whether the team is still intending to use those.

11:40 a.m.

Running back Brendan Douglas has officially signed with Georgia. And I say running back because whether he's a tailback or a fullback hasn't quite been set yet. He could work at both spots, or Mark Richt and Mike Bobo could clear that up today.

We're now just waiting on three signings to become official: Bellamy, Shaquille Fluker and Tim Kimbrough.

11:35 a.m.

Finally some good news for Georgia, at least as far as uncommitted players: Davin Bellamy is headed to Athens.

The defensive end from Atlanta, rated a four-star prospect by the 247sports composite, committed to Georgia just now. It was not unexpected, as Bellamy had been reported to be leaning towards Georgia ever since de-committing from Florida State.

10:31 a.m.

DeVondre Seymour's LOI is in. Seymour, an offensive lineman from Suwanee, is the son of former Georgia player Richard Seymour.

10:25 a.m.

Where we stand now: Georgia is awaiting four more LOIs from committed players: Brendan Douglas, Tim Kimbrough, Shaquille Fluker and DeVondre Seymour.

Davin Bellamy, the defensive end from Atlanta, is slated to announce at 11 a.m., and Georgia is the favorite.

And other than that, barring any surprises, that could be it for Georgia.

10:15 a.m.

Defensive tackle DeAndre "Moose" Johnson has signed. The Newnan High School product is rated a three-star prospect, and is listed at 6-3 and 310 pounds.

And so has tight end Jordan Davis, a three-star recruit from Thomson. Davis, listed at 6-4 and 230 pounds, is a redshirt candidate, barring injuries.

10:00 a.m.

Todd Grantham was just interviewed on the Georgiadogs.com web site feed. Unfortunately, he was not asked about the NFL reports.

Grantham did say they've started working on next year's class.

"I'm really excited about our future with what we have coming in," Grantham said. "I think these kids when we look back on it two-to-three years we'll see it was a really good year."

In a general sense, Grantham downplayed the effect of today's commitments and signings, saying the initial commitments are a better indication. He spoke about getting a lot of signees in order to build depth on defense.

"I think we've done that. The other focus was particularly in some of the back-end needs in the secondary, we wanted to target some guys to get here as early as possible, to get them ready to play in the system," he said.

Hopefully, the rest of the media gets a chance later to ask Grantham about ... other things.

9:59 a.m.

Safety Kennar Johnson has sent in his LOI. Johnson, rated a three-star prospect, is a junior college prospect with two years of eligibility. He is listed at 6-2 and 185 pounds.

9:53 a.m.

Tailback A.J. Turman of Orlando has signed. The four-star prospect is the first tailback to sign today, and is expected to be joined by Brendan Douglas, who committed late last week.

Turman is likely to be the third-string tailback in 2013, behind Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

9:50 a.m.

Montravius Adams of Dooly County High School has committed to Auburn. And that's another one that hurts for Georgia, as Adams was one of the nation's top defensive tackles.

The fact that Rodney Garner is now coaching at Auburn certainly figures into this. And one also can't help but wonder how Garner's departure has impacted the number of late-deciding prospects not going to Georgia.

Long-term, we'll see what the Garner-Chris Wilson trade results in. But down the stretch here for recruiting in 2013, it certainly didn't help.

9:37 a.m.

Laremy Tunsil officially commits to Ole Miss. This is the one that hurts for the Bulldogs, as a) he was considered a near-lock to Georgia for months, and b) he had a chance to be the starting left tackle in 2013.

But a late visit to Ole Miss last week changed his mind.

Now Georgia is pretty much looking at the same line it finished 2012 with: John Theus at right tackle, and Kenarious Gates and Mark Beard competing at left tackle. You could see Xzavier Ward or Austin Long get a shot there too.

9:35 a.m.

Shaq Wiggins has signed. Wiggins is a four-star cornerback from Tyrone, and another player with a chance to play right away.

At 5-foot-10, Wiggins isn't as big as the defensive backs that Georgia has been signing since switching to a 3-4 scheme. But he's athletic enough that the team still wanted him badly.

9:30 a.m.

Leonard Floyd has signed ... again ... with the Bulldogs. Floyd, a defensive end/outside linebacker, spent the past year at prep school after signing with the Bulldogs but not qualifying academically.

He is the ninth LOI of the day. He's a four-star prospect who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds.

Next up: Laremy Tunsil and then Montravius Adams announce in the next half hour. Neither is expected to pick the Bulldogs.

9:10 a.m.

The eighth LOI is in: Cornerback Brendan Langley from Marietta.

This is a good one for Georgia: Langley is rated a four-star prospect, and is listed at 6-1 and 180 pounds. He should contend for playing time next season.

And Langley is another player who, if he had waited until today to commit, this would be considered a better day for Georgia. But with all the targets deciding late and apparently headed elsewhere, the feel of the day is completely different.

9:00 a.m.

Well, the news hasn't gotten much better for Georgia: OT George Adeosun, whom the team targeted after Laremy Tunsil went off the board, has faxed his letter-of-intent to Virginia, according to Scout.com's Chad Simmons.

While Adeosun wouldn't have been an equal replacement for Tunsil, it stings nonetheless. It's also why Georgia decided to take Seymour, who is likely a sign-and-place for next year anyway.

8:42 a.m.

A flurry of activity in the past few minutes. Four more signings to report, two of them receivers:

Uriah LeMay has officially signed. LeMay is a receiver from Matthews, N.C., and he's the brother of current Georgia backup quarterback Christian LeMay. Uriah LeMay is rated a three-star prospect and has good size: 6-2, 200 pounds.

Reggie Davis, another receiver, is in the fold. Davis, who is from Tallahassee, Fla., is rated a three-star prospect and listed at 6-0 and 158 pounds.

Safety Paris Bostick has also signed. Bostick, another three-star prospect according to the 247sports composite, has good size (6-1, 215) and hails from Plant High School, the alma mater of Aaron Murray and Orson Charles.

And offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow, a four-star prospect from Marietta, has also signed. Kublanow is an interior lineman who could get a look at center.

8:24 a.m.

The first new commitment of the day for Georgia: According to several reports, offensive lineman DeVondre Seymour of North Gwinnett High School will sign today with the Bulldogs.

Seymour, rated a three-star prospect, is listed at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds. The Bulldogs were initially hoping that Laremy Tunsil would be their offensive tackle signing today, but that's apparently not going to happen, so Seymour is a consolation prize. He also isn't likely to be with the team yet: Seymour will probably go to prep school for a year.

The team is also waiting word on George Adeosun, an offensive tackle expected to announce later today.

Seymour's commitment gives Georgia a total of 31 for this class so far.

8:21 a.m.

The third LOI of the day is in: Johnny O'Neal, the inside linebacker from Dublin.

O'Neal is rated a four-star prospect by the 247sports composite. The Bulldogs need inside linebackers, and while O'Neal may not play right away - Ryne Rankin and Reggie Carter have a leg up by enrolling early - O'Neal will get a shot once he arrives in the preseason.

8:10 a.m.

Side note on Grantham: Regarding a report that Davin Bellamy's mom has "gotten to the bottom of it," and Grantham isn't going anywhere ... perhaps. But Grantham and UGA should probably let the media know that, as they have in the past. And they should probably let Sean Payton know, considering the New Orleans head coach told a local reporter that Grantham was interviewing on Thursday.

And meanwhile, radio reporter Matt Lombardo in Philadelphia tweeted just now that he's still hearing that Grantham is the front-runner for the Eagles' defensive coordinator position.

It very well may be that Grantham is staying. But the fact is there are reports to the contrary out there, and Grantham and UGA can simply put an end to them by walking over to where we are and telling us that. Perhaps they will do that today.

7:58 a.m.

And here comes the second LOI: Linebacker Shaun McGee of Snellville.

McGee is rated a three-star player by the 247sports composite. He's listed as an outside linebacker, but he could end up playing inside or outside. (That could depend on where Todd Grantham is coaching next year.)

Either way, it helps restock the depth at linebacker, which has taken a hit this offseason thanks to graduations and the NFL draft.

7:51 a.m.

The first LOI of the day is in: Receiver Rico Johnson, a 5-foot-10 receiver from Swainsboro.

Johnson is rated a four-star prospect by the 247sportscomposite. Last week Rusty Mansell, the analyst for Dawgs247.com, told me that Johnson was one of several lower-profile signees who has a chance to be a sleeper.

Given the depth at receiver, Johnson may not play right away. Rumph, givven he's an early enrollee, the is the newcomer most likely to get in the rotation right away. But Johnson is one to watch for the long term.

7:30 a.m. ET

The fax machine - insert your "who still uses a fax machine" joke here - is up and running here at UGA. No signings are announced yet for today, but keep in mind that 13 players are already enrolled:

DT John Atkins
OL Aulden Bynum
OL Josh Cardiello
ILB Reggie Carter
CB J.J. Green
S Quincy Mauger
S Tray Matthews
DT Chris Mayes
QB Brice Ramsey
ILB Ryne Rankin
WR Jonathan Rumph
ATH Tramel Terry
ATH Reggie Wilkerson

There are 17 other players who are committed who are expected to sign fairly quickly.

The drama, such as it is, comes mostly in the morning:

- 9:35 a.m.: OT Laremy Tunsil, expected to sign with Ole Miss.
- 9:45 a.m.: DT Montravius Adams, said to be leaning towards Auburn, but still considering Georgia and Clemson.
- 10:45 a.m.: OLB Devin Bellamy, who is probably Georgia's best chance today.
- Noon: DT Dee Liner, expected to go to Alabama.
- 3:30 p.m.: OT George Adeosun, who could sign with Georgia.
- 3:35 p.m.: TB Alvin Kamara, probably headed to Alabama.

And don't be surprised if there's a signing out of nowhere. Stay tuned.

Follow Seth Emerson at @sethemerson.

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