ATHENS - The past weekend was busy on Georgia's recruiting front. The coming week could be just as busy, and quite bigger.
Two players committed to Georgia's 2014 class during Mark Richt camp over the weekend. Guard Jake Edwards and receiver Gilbert Johnson are two players who were not major names on the recruiting radar until last week, but the Bulldogs happily took their commitments are evaluating them in Athens.
Johnson, a 6-foot-4 prospect from south Florida, was what Dawgs247.com analyst Rusty Mansell referred to as a spring evaluation. Johnson came to Georgia's attention this spring, and they invited him to Richt's camp for a closer look. After liking what they saw, the coaches offered him on the spot, and Johnson accepted.
"He definitely was worthy of an offer on that camp performance," said Mansell, who was watching the camp. "He made play after play."
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Edwards, a rising senior at Heard County High School, was on Georgia's radar for longer, going back to last year. He was lighter last year, but was up to 281 last week at Richt's camp, which was going to be his chance to impress coaches and earn an offer to his dream school.
"This is a lifelong Georgia fan, Georgia family. He knew what was riding on (camp)," Mansell said.
Edwards had a good performance at the camp, and Mansell noticed Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend working closely with Edwards. Mansell said a few other SEC programs had reached out to Edwards after he was offered by Georgia.
"He's gotten a lot stronger, he's gotten a lot bigger. He's done everything he needed to do," Mansell said.
The two commitments brings Georgia's total for next year's class to seven.
It might not stay there for long.
Nick Chubb and Malkom Parrish, two elite in-state prospects, are set to announce this week. Georgia is very much in the race for each of them.
"They're definitely in the hunt," Mansell said. "Both of them are top 10 in the state for 247. Both of them are big-time players."
Chubb, a tailback from Cedartown, will reveal his choice on Tuesday. Yes, Georgia already has one highly-rated tailback for next year's class, Sony Michel, a five-star prospect. But as recent history has shown, Georgia will load up on tailbacks, wary of attrition at the position. Especially with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall draft-eligible after the 2014 season.
Parish, a cornerback from Brooks County High School, might announce later this week. Georgia Tech and Florida are the other reported top choices for Parish.
The recruiting news could be quiet for a bit after those two. The next big night for Georgia is Dawg Night on July 12, another on-campus evaluation event.
"There'll be other guys," Mansell said. "But right now this looks like a huge, huge week for Georgia if they were to get both of those."
Here is Georgia's current list of commitments for the 2014 class. The star ratings, heights and weights are via 247sports.com and the 247sports ratings composite, and the comments are mine:
RB Sony Michel .... 5-11, 205 .... Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... 5 stars
A potential immediate-impact type of player, even with Gurley and Marshall around.
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.
DT Dontavius Russell .... 6-3, 300 .... Carrollton .... 4 stars
One of Chris Wilson's first recruits for Georgia, a player who will have a chance to play right away.
S Nick Glass ............ 6-2, 205 .... Suwanee ..... 3 stars
Committed to Georgia way back in April of 2012.
WR Krenwick Sanders ........ 6-2, 175 .... Jesup ..... 3 stars
One of Georgia's earliest commitments for the class, having committed in November of 2012.
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.