Dawgs Defeat Tigers, Host Top Prospects

Always the game surrounding the game, Georgia had its biggest recruiting weekend of the season against Auburn on Saturday.

Some of the prospects that headlined Georgia’s list of official visitors were already verbally committed. That list included Pat Allen (Franklin High, Maryland), Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker) and Natrez Patrick (Mays).

“I just want to get down there for my official and make sure of everything,” said Allen, a four-star offensive lineman and Georgia commit. Allen became a member of Georgia’s 2015 recruiting class on Aug. 4 when he made his announcement over Twitter that night.

Numerous others on hand are players the Bulldogs are actively trying to get on board. Josh Sweat and Chuma Edoga remain two top targets. Virginia Tech is rumored to be in the lead for Sweat, a five-star defensive end from Virginia, but this weekend was certainly a big opportunity for the Bulldogs to make a jump.

The same goes for Edoga. The five-star offensive tackle from McEachern High in Powder Springs has already given his verbal commitment to USC.

SEASON LOW FOR Auburn

Georgia’s defense held Auburn to a season-low seven points in first half on Saturday. The Tigers were third in the SEC and 13th nationally at 38.7 points per game before running into Jeremy Pruitt’s Georgia defense.

Senior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera led the defense with nine tackles in the opening two quarters, including a tackle for a loss. Fellow senior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson trailed Herrera with seven tackles in the first half.

Prior to Georgia’s matchup with Auburn Herrera ranked fifth in the SEC in tackles with 75. Wilson was tied for seventh in the conference with 72.

MORGAN TRAILING KASAY

Junior placekicker Marshall Morgan made his 39th career field goal in the third quarter of Saturday’s game. Morgan is just four made field goals away from tying John Kasay for seventh all-time in school history.

FORMER PEACH STATERS

Auburn has 40 players total on its roster who are from Georgia. Some of the notables who traveled to Athens for Saturday night’s game were quarterback Nick Marshall (Wilcox County), defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Dooly County), wide receiver Quan Bray (Lagrange) and defensive back Jonathon Mincy (Decatur).

“It’s special, coming from Georgia, being with Georgia down here, but to be honest with you, being the type of people we are, we’ve got a lot of guys from Georgia, and we’re thinking about that, but at the same time, we’re trying to keep our eyes on the goal,” Bray said. For Mincy, playing in Sanford Stadium was a chance to prove himself. Five SEC schools offered Mincy in high school, but Georgia was not one of them.

“It’s real big, especially going to their house,” Mincy said. “Any game we play against Georgia, it’s very touching for me, me growing up and being a fan of them and not having an opportunity to go there, it’s real big.”

MORE STREAKS FOR STARTERS

Senior center David Andrews started his 37th consecutive game on Saturday, which is the most of any player on Georgia’s roster. Herrera leads the defense with 25 consecutive starts and has 40 for his career.


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