Five Questions: Giant Recruiting Weekend

ATHENS - Dean Legge talks with's Chad Simmons about Georgia's huge recruiting weekend.

1. What is reality when it comes to Josh Sweat? He’s from an area that’s been dominated by Virginia Tech over the years, but there are rumblings inside Georgia that the Dawgs have a real shot here. What is reality?

Georgia having a legitimate shot with Sweat is a reality.  The Dawgs are very much in this race and there has been more talk about the Dawgs being at the top of the list in recent weeks than ever in the past.  The next three weeks are huge for Sweat -- he visited FSU, Georgia, and Virginia Tech in that span.  Kevin Sherrer has done an excellent job recruiting Sweat, he likes how UGA would use him as a pass rusher, and he grew up watching the Dawgs.  Virginia Tech was clearly the favorite, but that is not the case any longer.  It may be Georgia and FSU, then Virginia Tech at this time, so this weekend is huge. UGA impressed the Sweat family over the summer and it will look to do so again this weekend.  To answer the question, the reality is, Georgia is a serious contender, not a pretender, and it could be the team to beat today. 2. How important is Trenton Thompson for Roquan Smith? Simple question.

Thompson helps Georgia here, but he is not a make or break for Smith.  The Scout 100 linebacker is going to do what is best for him -- Terry Godwin is a bigger player here than Thompson at this time.  Godwin and Smith have gotten very close and the two talk quite often.  Smith is being recruited by multiple UGA commits - - Godwin, Thompson, and Chauncey Rivers to name a few.  Thompson is one that other recruits listen to and that includes Smith.  I would not say he is important though to Smith's recruitment.

3. Pat Allen told you not that long ago that he was “60% committed” to Georgia. What does this weekend mean for him?

This weekend could make his 100-percent.  It is that simple.  If the visit goes well, I would not be surprised to see Allen say he is 100-percent committed to Georgia when he leaves. Tennessee has given him something to think about about he really liked UT and the opportunity to play there early, but he is without question Georgia's to lose.  He said he is 60-percent, but even at that time, I saw him as stronger than that.   Unless something really changes over the weekend, Georgia is likely to close the deal here in the coming days.

4. Chidi Okeke-Valentine - I’ve got a lot of confusion on that front. Can you clear up anything as it relates to what class he’s in, and if he’s actually playing football right now.

First things first - Okeke-Valentine is playing football... I guess you call it that.  He plays whenever another team will play his right now.  He just started playing about a month ago and he has been in the news since.  He has visited Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia once so far -- he is back at Georgia this weekend and the Dawgs are the favorite.  All signs point to him being a 2015 prospect and once we close out this semester, Scout is likely to re-classify him and re-rank him as a senior.  There has been some chatter about him even being an early enrollee as well.  It seems my phone either rings or lights up with a message about him daily from someone, so things are fluid here.  Whether he is a junior or senior -- It is clear to me that Georgia is the school others are chasing at this time.

5. Rocky Reid, a Tennessee commit, is visiting Georgia this weekend. We don’t yet know if it is an official visit or not, but him visiting is interesting to say the least. Can you please talk about him visiting this weekend, and what it means in the grand scheme of things.

In short, what this visit (confirmed it is unofficial) to UGA by Reid means is, he is interested in Georgia.  There has been some chatter that he is very intrigued here and that he likes UGA style of play, the way they use multiple running backs, and the offensive scheme Mike Bobo puts together week in and week out.  This will be his first visit to Georgia and the Dawgs are charging hard here.  This is likely the first of two visits for Reid to Georgia and he is one to watch.  He loves the SEC, he sees the way UGA produces running backs, he thinks the style of play could fit him, and Reid is a new name to some, but it could be a name you read a lot more about in the coming days, weeks.

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