Gala weekend, top recruits in town

Jarvis Jones, Branden Smith, Malcolm Mitchell, Ray Drew, and Damian Swann are some of the prospects that have visited UGA officially on Gala weekend. Another talented group is expected to start arriving this Friday.

This is always one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year for Georgia and it is no different this year. Around a dozen prospects are expected and half of those are some of the top targets for the Dawgs this year.

Entering this recruiting year, offensive tackle was a position of need. John Theus, a five-star prospect on Scout is already on board with the Dawgs, and another five-star will be in Athens this weekend.

Avery Young is the no. 14 rated prospect in America and the 6-foot-6, 282 pound OL out of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. has offers from schools across the country. He has already visited Alabama, Auburn, and Florida officially, so he is now ready to see Athens.

Avery Young
"I have been wanting to get up to UGA for a while," said Young. "I have family in Georgia still, Thomas Davis (former star for the Dawgs) is my cousin, and I have been following their football team for a long time. They have always been on my list, so I am ready to get up there."

UGA sent coaches to spend some time with Young on Thursday as he prepares to leave for Athens on Friday.

Another offensive target for the Dawgs that will be on campus this weekend is Junior College star Cordarrelle Patterson.

The 6-foot-4, 202 pound play-maker has visited Auburn and Tennessee already with many experts looking at Georgia and Tennessee as the leaders.

Tony Ball was out to visit Patterson this weekend and he is someone the Dawgs are going hard after because of his ability to stretch the field.

A number of defensive targets will be on the UGA campus this weekend and one is already committed to other schools.

Markuss Eligwe is committed to Florida State, but the Dawgs have been charging after him hard lately.

Eligwe told Scout last week that the Dawgs have made a big push for him. The four-star linebacker out of Stone Mountain, Ga. likes the linebacker situation in Athens and how the defense played this season under Todd Grantham.

Eligwe is being recruited to play inside linebacker for the Dawgs, Kenderious Whitehead is being pursued more as an outside linebacker and edge rusher.

Kenderious Whitehead
Whitehead really pursues the ball well and he has great range on the edge. He has family in Athens, he is originally from Athens, and he has been a fan of the Bulldogs his entire life. Clemson is a school giving UGA competition for the 6-foot-4, 210 pound athlete out of Lithonia, Ga. - M.L.K.

The Dawgs have yet to pick up a commitment from anyone that plays in the secondary. One of their top targets to play in the back of the defense is Chaz Elder.

Banneker High School always has talent and he is their top prospect in 2012. Elder is a long and rangy athlete and he could get a look at corner and safety if he chooses the Dawgs.

UGA sent Rodney Garner, Scott Lakatos, and Todd Grantham into his home on Wednesday to make sure he knew he was a priority. This weekend is big for Georgia here because South Carolina currently leads.

Joining that impressive group in Athens will be a number of guys that have already pledged to Mark Richt.

One of the risers in 2012 on Scout has been Blake Tibbs, Whitehead's teammates at M.L.K. He is a high three-star wide receiver and he is not done moving up.

Jenkins County duo James Deloach and Jonathan Taylor are proud to be Dawgs and the are excited about calling Athens home in the future. Deloach is a 6-foot-2, 260 pound defensive end and Taylor is a 6-foot-4, 318 pound defensive tackle that is one of the top 100 prospects in the America.

John Atkins will line up along side that duo on the defensive line when he gets to UGA and the 6-foot-3, 305 pound Thomson native is ready to get back to Athens.

Dillon Lee
Two of the more versatile commitments will be in town as well. Quayvon Hicks was recruited as a defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end, and fullback by different schools. He ended up choosing Georgia as a fullback. The 6-foot-2, 250 pound senior out of Pierce County bleeds red and black.

Leonard Floyd could play either side of the ball on the next level and the 6-foot-5, 225 pound athlete will likely end up playing outside linebacker in the UGA scheme. He is an outstanding athlete with a very high ceiling.

A prospect UGA coaches hope comes to see them this weekend is Dillon Lee. It is not known if Lee will be in Athens for his official visit or not yet. It likely will not be decided until Buford finishes up their season in the Georgia Dome Friday evening.

Dillon is the younger brother of current Bulldog Dallas Lee and he has been around Athens a lot this year. Alabama is still his team, but the mid-year graduate is thinking about giving the Dawgs one last shot before he makes his move to college.

Josh Dawson, a four-star defensive end out of Tucker, Ga. has talked about visiting UGA this weekend as well. He plays in the state championship game Friday night against Lovejoy, so once we confirm his visit, we will update this story. will have in-depth coverage starting Sunday afternoon as the prospects leave Athens, so stay tuned.

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