Five Questions: Giant Recruiting Weekend

Dean Legge asks's Chad Simmons five important recruiting questions for this weekend.

1. It is a big weekend in Athens to be sure. With the Gala this weekend, and Josh Sweat to the Noles, how big of a deal is D’Andre Walker at this stage for the Dawgs?

Walker is a big deal now with Sweat going to FSU, but he has been a big deal for quite a while.  Georgia has never been trending with Sweat -- UGA had a shot and they recruited him very well, but it was a tough battle for Sweat.  Walker is a priority for the Dawgs now and he is wanted in a big way in Athens.  Georgia has had him on campus numerous times in recent months and this visit could be the visit that Walker makes his decision.  Auburn is in this, but it is really a Georgia-Tennessee battle right now.  A decision is coming in less than a month for Walker and the Dawgs will roll out the red carpet for him this weekend hoping to close the deal.

D'Andre Walker is one of many important recruits scheduled to visit Georgia this weekend. (Ethan Burch/Dawg Post)
2. You met with Michael Chigbu this week. Just how big a deal is this weekend for Georgia in terms of settling him in on his commitment?

This weekend is a big deal for sure with Chigbu.  Arizona State is a threat to Georgia here.  The coaches from ASU were in the same day as Georgia was last week and during that visit, Chigbu scheduled an official visit with the Sun Devils for the weekend of January 23.  Chigbu is still committed, but this is not over.  There was chatter in Louisiana that the Sun Devils have made a big push here.  Tony Ball was back out again this week to see Chigbu, so the Dawgs are still working hard here, but this weekend is big.  If he leaves Athens this weekend and still visits ASU in January, that is something to really watch.  If he decides not to take other visits after his visit to Georgia, that means the deal is closed.

3. Meanwhile, at the Georgia Dome, who will Georgia coaches be interested in seeing or interacting with at the state championships?

There are plenty of talented prospects playing in the Dome this weekend, but here are five UGA has high interest in seeing because each has an offer:

2016 Hybrid Kyle Davis - Archer
2017 Safety Isaiah Prior - Archer
2015 DE Natrez Patrick - Mays (Georgia commit)
2016 DL Shug Frazier - Buford
2015 WR Darius Slayton - Greater Atlanta Christian (Georgia commit)

Archer coach Andy Dyer and Jameyest Williams Dylan Singleton and Kyle Davis will play for a state title Saturday night. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)
4. Roquan Smith seems to be the biggest fish left out there to get… what does this weekend mean for him with the Dawgs, and when is he expected to commit?

Roquan has said he will commit on signing day from the beginning of this journey, and I do not see that changing.  This weekend is big, very big for Georgia because it will be the first time Roquan has had his family in Athens to meet the coaches.  Roquan himself knows Georgia and is very comfortable there, but his family will get to meet the coaches, see the academic presentation, and get a feel for what life is like on the UGA campus.  I see this visit much bigger for UGA and Smith's parents, not Roquan himself.  The Dawgs are in a good spot with him.

Georgia is in a “good spot” with Roquan Smith. (Wes Muilenburg/Dawg Post)
5. Which younger guys should we be keeping track of at the Georgia Dome this weekend? Can you give us the top three younger guys to watch and perhaps a 2015 dark horse?

I will start with a 2015 sleeper.  That is Dorian Walker, an athlete out of Mt Paran.  His offer list will grow between now and signing day and Georgia has their eye on him.  He will play both sides of the ball Saturday, but UGA is eyeing him as a corner.

Other than the guys I mentioned above, here are four others to know:

2016 S Dylan Singleton - Archer
2016 WR Randrecous Davis - Mays
2016 TE Kiel Pollard - Colquitt County
2017 ATH Jamyest Williams - Archer

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