Talent Travels to Athens

In what could be the biggest recruiting weekend at Georgia ever, six of the top 95 prospects in the country will be in Athens. 18 total visitors are expected.

The second weekend in December is always a big recruiting weekend for the University of Georgia. That is the weekend they honor the seniors and the Bulldogs football program at the Gala. Over the last couple of years, Branden Smith and Michael Thornton have both visited UGA on that weekend uncommitted and each ended up signing with the Dawgs.

Those weekends were good for UGA in terms of recruiting, but it is hard to seeing anything rivaling what the Dawgs have set for this weekend.

Jay Rome, Ray Drew, Malcolm Mitchell, Damian Swann, and Xzavier Dickson are all in the top 100 nationally on Scout and all are from the state of Georgia. Each will be in Athens this weekend visiting.

Rome is the top right end in the country, Drew and Dickson (UGA likes him as an outside linebacker) are two of the top uncommitted defensive ends on Scout, and Mitchell and Swann are versatile athletes with a lot of upside. All of them are and have been very high on UGA's board.

Jeoffrey Pagan is also in the top 100 and he is out of Asheville, N.C. UGA's Todd Grantham and Rodney Garner visited him last week and that visit paid off because Pagan decided over the weekend that the Dawgs will get his first official visit.

Right outside the top 100 is Quan Bray and he will be in Athens this weekend as well. He is a shifty athlete that could help UGA in the backfield as well as at wide receiver. He is currently looking at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Florida along with Georgia.

Justin Scott-Wesley will be on campus as well and this visit could be big for him and Georgia. He has been committed to Georgia since late in the spring, but he recently took a visit to Louisville. He came back saying his commitment to Georgia was about "50 percent", so this visit is big for him and Georgia.

Many other committed prospects will be in Athens as well. Devin Bowman, Chris Conley, Zach DeBell, Amarlo Herrera, Christian LeMay, Hunter Long, Nick Marshall, Corey Moore, Chris Sanders, and Nathan Theus. All 100 percent committed to the Dawgs and they will likely be doing some recruiting of their own between Friday and Sunday.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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