Dawg Post Recruiting Report

ATHENS - On the first day of the year in recruiting the Bulldogs were out making waves.

Perhaps the biggest news of the day was that Gainesville DB Chris Williamson was visited by a rather persistent Jeremy Pruitt, who tracked the prospect down at his house. Williamson was absent from school, so Pruitt went to Williamson’s home and met with the three-star prospect.

“Honestly I feel much better about them now,” Williamson told Dawg Post contributor Sam Sampson. “Coach (Pruitt) is a solid guy, I can now say that after finally meeting him.”

Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons reports that Pruitt’s visit with Williamson went “very well.”

Williamson is set to officially visit North Carolina this weekend.

Speaking of official visits, Langston Hughes LB D'Andre Walker is expected to take his official visit the final weekend of the year - Jan. 30th. He’ll also see Ensworth (TN) DB Rico McGraw that weekend. McGraw was once committed to the Bulldogs, but he’s now committed to Alabama.

But with the Tide’s defensive staff transition, it appears Georgia could strike back to get McGraw in the end. McGraw was scheduled to meet with Pruitt tonight in Nashville for an in-home visit.

Five-star Westover DL Trenton Thompson had two news items today. He cancelled his scheduled visit to USC and will now visit Auburn this weekend according to Simmons.

Thompson was also named the No. 2 player in the country by Scout today. It is the highest ranking ever for a player committed to the Bulldogs. Thompson saw Georgia DL coach Tracy Rocker this morning. The two have a solid bond. Thompson told Simmons that the visit went “great”.

Meanwhile 2-star Cal commit and Dunwoody OL Nick Buchanan got an offer from Georgia Wednesday night. On Thursday Dunwoody coach Jim Showfety says that he's not sure what Buchanan will think or do about his new offer from the Bulldogs. 

"He's obviously honored to receive an offer from Georgia," Showfety told Sampson. "But I honestly have no idea how everything will play out with Cal (where Buchanan is currently committed). That is something Nick and his parents will discuss at length, I'm sure. Nick is as fine a young man as you will ever know, and he's an exceptional leader.”

Brian Schottenheimer hit the road hard and in a very important way today by visiting two of the top prospects on Georgia’s list. Schottenheimer first went to see 5-star Callaway ATH and Georgia commit Terry Godwin in west Georgia.

Godwin’s father is in the hospital, and Schottenheimer and long-time Godwin recruiter John Lilly dropped by to visit with the Terry and his family there. Godwin’s mother was said to be very impressed that the two would take time out of their schedule to visit Terry’s father at the hospital.

Schottenheimer then got on a plane with receivers coach Tony Ball and went to Louisiana to check in on newly-named 5-star Riverdale (LA) ATH Donte Jackson. Simmons reports that Jackson was “impressed” with Schottenheimer.

Jackson is leaving Friday to visit Georgia for an all-or-nothing official visit this weekend. He is set to commit to either LSU or Georgia next Wednesday Jan. 21. Jackson is the only official visitor for the Bulldogs this weekend. But he will officially visit LSU next weekend no matter who he commits to according to Scout’s Hunter Paniagua. The Tigers were there to visit Jackson as well today.

While near Godwin, Lilly went to check on Roquan Smith, who also saw Florida’s Geoff Collins today. Smith is set to decide on Signing Day where he will go. That’s seen as a fight between Georgia and UCLA with the Bulldogs in the lead.

Georgia is expected to see Van Jefferson and Jayson Stanley Friday according to Simmons.

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