Recruiting update: The final days

semerson@macon.comFebruary 3, 2014 

ATHENS - If you love recruiting, this week is your Christmas. Of course, if you love recruiting then pretty much every day is Christmas because these days it never really stops. And if you're a fan of a college football team and are basing your mood on the decisions of teenagers, then, well, good luck to you.

And the next 48-72 hours could be pretty interesting, if you follow Georgia recruiting.

The Bulldogs are sitting on 18 commitments as of Monday morning, just one more than when Jeremy Pruitt replaced Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator. But the fluid nature of recruiting was on display if you followed the case of Shaquille Jones, a defensive back from Merritt Island, Fla.

There were multiple reports that Jones had reneged on a commitment to Louisville and instead planned to sign with Georgia. (I briefly also posted the news, citing the other reports, before receiving some clarifying information.) It may ultimately prove true that Jones, rated a two-star prospect on the 247Sports Composite, will end up at Georgia. But Jones has not yet said so publicly, so until he does, or there's something more definitive, right now Georgia still only has 18 commitments.

Update: Now it's a confirmed commitment by Jones. So there you go.

And within those 19 commitments, remember that only one player is actually, firmly in the fold: QB Jacob Park, who has already enrolled. Everyone else has just committed to sign, and a few have continued to take visits despite being "committed" to Georgia.

It works the other way too: Bryson Allen-Williams is "committed" to South Carolina, but was in Athens this past weekend and watched the Super Bowl with Mark Richt, Pruitt and Tracy Rocker, according to my colleague Josh Kendall at The State.

Here is the current list of Georgia's commitments for the 2014 class, with vital statistics via Dawgs247.com, and comments from myself:

RB Sony Michel .... 5-11, 205 .... Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... 5 stars
A potential immediate-impact type of player, even with Gurley and Marshall around.

RB Nick Chubb ... 5-11, 216 ... Cedartown ... 5 stars
Another tailback good enough to play right away, or at least once carries are available.

DT Lamont Gaillard ... 6-3, 310 ... Fayetteville, N.C. ... 4 stars
Formerly a five-star prospect, Gaillard recently visited Miami.

TE Jeb Blazevich ... 6-4, 230 .... Charlotte, N.C. ..... 4 stars
Georgia has succeeded lately with out-of-state tight ends, (Arom White, Orson Charles, Arthur Lynch), and hopes Blazevich is next.

CB Malkom Parish ... 5-9, 186 ... Quitman ........ 4 stars
Speedy and skilled, rated in the national top 100 and No. 6 overall in the state of Georgia.

QB Jacob Park ... 6-3, 202 .... Goose Creek, S.C. .... 4 stars
A pro-style quarterback with some mobility, Park has already enrolled, the only member of Georgia's signing class who will participate in spring practice.

OT Dyshon Sims .... 6-4, 278 ...... Valdosta ...... 4 stars
Considered one of the top in-state O-line prospects this year, Sims also had an offer from Alabama, among others.

OLB Keyon Brown .... 6-3, 230 .... Wauchula, Fla. ... 4 stars
Another edge-rushing prospect who can play either defensive end or outside linebacker.

Isaiah Wynn .... 6-2, 272 .... St. Petersburg, Fla. ... 4 stars
A good interior line prospect who will be given a chance to crack the rotation.

WR Shakenneth Williams ... 6-1, 195 ... Macon .... 4 stars
Williams plays at a high school (Rutland) that hasn't had much on-field success, but impressed enough at camps to earn an offer.

S Kendall Gant ......... 6-2, 185 .... Lakeland, Fla. ... 4 stars
The tall safety who recently visited Marshall and whose commitment does not seem so firm.

OT Kendall Baker .... 6-6, 275 .... Atlanta .... 4 stars
He's got the height for tackle, now he has to put on the weight, a la Xzavier Ward.

ILB Detric Dukes .... 6-0, 220 .... Tucker .... 3 stars
Flipped to Georgia after originally committing to Louisville, he may be small and "only" three stars, but so was Reggie Carter last year.

CB Shattle Fenteng ... 6-2, 200 ... Hutchinson C.C. ... 3 stars
A junior college prospect who will have two years of eligibility.

G Jake Edwards .......... 6-4, 270 ...... Franklin .... 3 stars
An interior lineman whom Georgia hopes will continue to grow in the weight room.

WR Gilbert Johnson ...... 6-2, 190 ..... Miami, Fla. ... 3 stars
Actually looked taller than 6-2 at Mark Richt camp.

WR Rico Johnson .... 5-10, 170 .... Swainsboro .... 3 stars
Speedy receiver signed with Georgia in 2013, didn't qualify academically and spent the fall at Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Atlanta.

S Dominick Sanders ... 5-11, 187 ... Tucker ... 3 stars
Sanders is the younger brother of Chris Sanders. Yes, that Chris Sanders, who was dismissed from Georgia along with Nick Marshall and is now headed for Baylor.

CB Shaquille Jones .... 6-2, 175 ... Merritt Island, Fla. ... 2 stars
Lightly-recruited, with no major-school offers until Louisville and Georgia became interested.


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Here is the list of Georgia's top targets, several of whom were in Athens visiting over the weekend:

DE-OLB Lorenzo Carter ... 6-5, 232 ... Norcross .... 5 stars.
One of the top-rated players in the country, and perhaps Georgia's top remaining target. Carter projects as an immediate-impact player on defense.

Bryson Allen-Williams ... 6-1, 222 ... Ellenwood ... 4 stars
The Cedar Grove star has been committed to ZSouth Carolina since last April. That hasn't stopped others from pursuing him, including Georgia and Alabama.
CB Wesley Green ... 5-11, 170 ... Lithonia ... 4 stars.
South Carolina appears to be the team to beat, according to the recruiting analysts.

S Tavon Ross ... 6-1, 198 ... Cochran ... 3 stars.
Ross committed to Missouri awhile ago, but Pruitt was putting the heat on the Bleckley County standout.

S T.J. Harrell ... 6-1, 210 ... Tampa, Fla. ... 3 stars
Another player who has jumped into the picture for Georgia after Pruitt's hiring.

DE Andrew Williams ... 6-4, 247 ... McDonough ... 4 stars
Williams is a late addition to Georgia's target list. He's not a consolation prize for Carter; the Bulldogs would happily take both of them.

Kendarius Webster ... 5-10, 177 ... Stockbridge ... 4 stars
Webster committed to Ole Miss in November, but Pruitt is making a push.

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