2013 Dawg Night: Final Rundown

ATHENS - Dean Legge and Ethan Burch review Georgia's 2013 Dawg Night - player by player - and what the event means for them.

Nick Chubb, Cedartown RB

Chubb, a Georgia commit, made a big impression at The Opening. But his appearance at Georgia Friday night sort of cements his place in the Bulldogs lineup in the future. He spent a fair amount of time walking around and keeping somewhat to himself. But he did have a long conversation with Bryan McClendon at the start of the camp.

The addition of Chubb to the commitment list gives Georgia a bruising back who should be ready to play SEC-level football pretty early in his career.

Cedartown RB Nick Chubb with Bryan McClendon (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove S

McDowell's goal was to speak baseball with Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin after taking in Dawg Night. McDowell is an athletic safety with the potential to do big things on both playing fields. The rising senior hopes to play baseball at Georgia, if he decides to go that route.

He is very, very high on Georgia's recruiting list. You have to wonder what, if anything, Kendall Grant's commitment to Georgia means for McDowell and the Bulldogs. But Georgia was giving him a ton of attention at Dawg Night. After the rain McDowell spent time alone with Mark Richt at midfield watching everyone around him compete.

McDowell is still a major target for the Bulldogs. It seems Georgia has made up ground here, but making up ground and signing prospects are two different things. Still, Georgia did what it needed to do to make progress with McDowell, whose visit included a guided tour of the Butts-Mehre building before Dawg Night.

Locust Grove S Cortez McDowell (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Nick Glass, Peachtree Ridge S

Nick Glass hunkered in the end zone and socialized with the current and future Bulldogs most of the night. It seems Glass has either grown up a lot or realized just how much of an opportunity he's got in Athens. There was a time when Glass couldn't help but look around at other programs… that time seems to have ended.

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You need players to commit and be solid in their commitment during recruiting – particularly those who have committed so early. Glass, quite clearly now, wants to play at Georgia. He has done himself a favor by leading the charge in the Dawgs' 2014 recruiting efforts rather than seeing what else is out there for him.

Dyshon Sims, Lowndes OT

Long and lean, Sims finally pulled the trigger on a commitment that seemed to be looming in May. The offensive line group was likely one of the best collections of linemen I've seen at Georgia in my 13 years of covering camps and combines.

Sims was a prospect Georgia needed to win, and it did. You have to sign talented in-state offensive linemen. He takes advantage of his length and moves relatively well. But he's got to add weight. That's never an issue for a teenager, but it needs to be good weight-that will be his challenge. Sims looks long term like an offensive tackle to me – which side is hard to know for sure, but likely right tackle.

Kendall Gant, Lake Gibson Senior High School (FL) S

Gant made his decision before returning to the practice fields tonight as well. He made it official with a Tweet about where he would be spending his next four years: Georgia. Gant stood out as one of the top safeties in an elite Dawg Night class.

Lake Gibson (FL) S Kendall Gantt (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Shakenneth Williams, Rutland WR

Williams' decision was made before the second half of Dawg Night. The rain delay gave the receiver some time to think about why Georgia was the right fit for him. In the end it came down to the level of comfort he and his mother had with the Georgia coaching staff. Once that was established, Williams let Coach Richt know he was committed.

Chuma Edoga, McEachern OT

Put simply, Edoga looked good tonight. He played well, worked hard and the coaches loved him. In a crowd that large, coaches calling you by name on the regular is a great thing. Dawg Night may have been the night Edoga needed to get that coveted offer he's been waiting for.

And that means Georgia needs to make sure to sign him. He's the type of kid that should sign with Georgia. If you were to look at Edoga or even be around him much you wouldn't think he'd have much of a mean streak.

That's what you would think.

But you would have to balance that with his slight nastiness in finishing off a win in a blocking drill with defensive players (and, no, we are not talking mean like Ben Jones). Edoga could develop into a high-level college player. He should develop into an NFL football player. He's probably a right tackle in college, but he could possibly play left tackle or guard.

McEachern OL Chuma Edoga (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County LB

For the last two months I have been told by Georgia sources that the Bulldogs woes with Raekwon McMillan may have been over done. That's hard to know for sure. But one thing is clear, and that is the Bulldogs are nowhere near out of it with McMillan. This was the Liberty County linebacker's second Dawg Night in a row… trips are a leading indicator on if prospects are actually interested in a place or not.

I wouldn't put McMillan on the board for Georgia yet, but I certainly wouldn't rule the Bulldogs out, either. You have to wonder, in the end, if McMillan is really going to leave the South in order to play football so far away. Now, he would probably fit the Big Ten game a touch better than in the SEC, but he would manage just fine all the same.

Expect Georgia to turn up the heat on McMillan. Also expect this to be a recruiting fight to watch this fall/winter.

Isaac Nauta, Buford TE

Nauta is built for the college game. He showed a lot of potential in tonight's outing and showed why Georgia has offered him. He still has plenty of time to make his decision, but he'd be a nice tight end to square away quickly.

He's got broad shoulders and is very well developed for such a young player. Now, let's not forget that he's at Buford and has all of the advantages that go along with that in terms of development and training – so that is a slight concern in terms of projecting him out too far. But he looks like a future four-star tight end.

Isaiah Wynn, Lakewood (FL) OG

Wynn took in much of the night in the corner of the end zone with the 2014 commits and class of 2013 already enrolled. It was obvious he was having a good time. It seems clear, even though he said publically that he had no favorite, that he was coming to Athens to commit. 2013 Dawg Night will be remembered for a lot of things – rain, too many people – but the thing I will remember most is the offensive line crop that was in attendance.

I like, too, that Wynn is not overweight… he's listed at 270, which is a pretty good spot to be in for a high schooler of his frame.

Lakewood (FL) OL Isaiah Wynn (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Sony Michel, American Heritage School (FL) RB

Georgia has its one-two punch at running back on campus and in the future. Michel made a huge splash early in his career, and so he's sort of a known commodity. It was good for Georgia to get him back up to Athens. The Bulldogs will have to fight everyone off in order to keep Michel, but they should be in good shape on that front.

Ben Cleveland, Stephens County OT

Cleveland is a member of the 2016 class, but he's already showing signs of a big-time blocker. He drives until the whistle on every snap, blocks well and seems very coachable. That's a good thing because he has a few years of preparation left before he enters the next level.

Favorite quote of the night?

Defensive line coach Chris Wilson (who needs a reality show) says to offensive line coach Will Friend: "Coach, we need to offer this guy a scholarship. Coach, we need to offer him two scholarships!"

Stephens Co. OL Ben Cleveland (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Lorenzo Carter, Norcross OLB

I think Georgia is in better shape with Lorenzo Carter than the public knows. That's not to say he's signing with Georgia for sure, but this looks pretty much like a Georgia-Florida tussle.

After Carter left (rain storm) I spoke with someone in the know on his visit. "He's not going to Alabama – that seems pretty clear," they said. "Boy, he seems a lot like Jordan Jenkins… and you saw where he wound up."

"I like where Georgia is with him right now," they continued. "I think he's going to come back up just to hang out sometime here soon."

It might not be that simple – it never is – but Georgia has positioned itself to sign Carter. Florida will be a major hurdle, but if you are Georgia (or even the Gators) you have to be happy that the movement for Carter seems to be towards two schools and away from the Tide.

Carter is a must sign for Georgia.

Christian Owens, Griffin WR

Owens already made his commitment and decided not to take part in any of the Dawg Night activities. However, he did show up to watch and speak with Richt for a while. Owens was all smiles during the night, as he's always wanted to be a Bulldog.

Griffin WR Christian Owens (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett OT

Hyatt was probably the most developed lineman at the camp. It's easy to see why coaches are drooling over the prospect of having him line up for them. Was he the top overall lineman at the camp? That was hard for me to tell. Dyshon Sims had a great night, and while Ben Cleveland is huge… he's undeveloped and rather young.

Hyatt was difficult to move in offensive line drills. I came away very, very impressed with his sturdiness. I suspect he will be a very durable player in the future. He was one of the reasons the Bulldogs' offensive line campers was one of the best groups I have ever seen in Athens.

Georgia will have to thread the needle with him – he's going to have a big pull from Clemson for family ties with the Tigers. Hyatt made a name for himself going one-on-one against Robert Nkemdiche and holding his own at a very young age.

The question, and this never ever changes with players from Gwinnett, is this: are we watching a finished product? Probably not, but even if he's at the height of his potential you still want to sign him. He will need to add good mass over time, but there's not much wrong at all with Hyatt.

Taj Griffin, McEachern RB

Speed. Taj Griffin is one of the top young players in Georgia. He comes from an athletic family – his brothers already play college football at Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. Taj is a higher-rated prospect than his brothers were, so his winding up at Georgia is a real possibility.

He would be a change-of-pace back… a Tyson Browning-type runner who could be used all over the field and on special teams a lot. I expect him to grow more in the next two years. He could really develop into a nice addition to an SEC offense.

McEachern RB Taj Griffin with Mike Bobo (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Christian Miller, Spring Valley (SC) OLB

This is an out-of-state prospect it's starting to look like the Bulldogs should win. The former Florida commit is the #6 overall outside linebacker prospect in the country. The 3-4 is predicated on good outside linebacker play, and that's why Miller is so important.

Georgia needs to pick and choose kids from the Carolinas to try to win. If Georgia were to sign Miller and quarterback commit Jacob Park, it would have signed at least one of the top two players in the state each of the past two years.

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