Dawgs Cash in on Changes

ATHENS – Getting a new coordinator at a school always fundamentally changes the way a program works – for Georgia that paid off in a big way last week.

The Bulldogs, fresh off their hire of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, picked up recruiting momentum in a big way with three commits – two of them for the class of 2015.

So just what did Georgia get in their newest three verbal commitments?

Scout.com National Recruiting analyst Chad Simmons offered these thoughts on each:

Rico McGraw:

This commitment was all about Pruitt, and I mean all. McGraw has always has interest in Georgia, but he was never offered until Pruitt took over the defense. Once Pruitt was in command McGraw landed the offer and committed to Georgia 24 hours later. The talented out-of-state junior still has never visited Athens, but he feels very comfortable with Pruitt. The two met two years ago when Pruitt worked McGraw out at camp at Alabama.

As a player, McGraw is a big and physical corner. He is six-feet tall, has good length and is a winner, too. He plays for the powerful Ensworth program in Nashville, Tenn. and is the top 2015 prospect in the Volunteer state. His commitment is a big get for Georgia.

Terry Godwin:

This one goes to John Lilly. Sure, Mark Richt played a role in this (and I think the excitement of hiring Jeremy Pruitt may have pushed the decision forward). But in the end, Lilly laid the ground work, recruited Godwin hard and now Georgia has a five-star on its 2015 commitment list.

Godwin is a true five-star talent. He has his act together on the field and off the field. He is the type of kid that other top recruits will want to play with in college. Godwin is an exceptional athlete who is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He is considered one of the top cover guys in the country. He is very quick and plays the game like everyone else is in slow-motion. Put simply: Godwin is special.

Rico Johnson:

I do not think Rico is getting the love or attention he deserves. The kid can fly. He will give Georgia something it does not have a lot of at wide receiver – speed. Johnson will make an immediate impact as a return man and although he is not a five-star prospect – one with offers from schools coast to coast – he is a very prospect to have. The Bulldogs need receiver commitments, and got a good one in Johnson.

Do not sleep on this one. It told me a lot that Mark Richt and Tony Ball went down to the Swainsboro area to meet with Johnson's family the first day coaches were allowed back on the road. Georgia wanted this young man because of speed, playmaking ability and potential.

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