What We Are Hearing

ATHENS - Georgia is trying to hold on to what could be a very, very good Signing Day class. 

But holding on is the key phrase. 

Alabama and Auburn are pushing Georgia commits Darius Slayton and Terry Godwin to move towards them. The Tide is most certainly on the outside looking in on both of those prospects. 

Godwin, who will once and for all pick his school on Wednesday night on Fox Sports South, is still expected to pick the Bulldogs. But that is not a 100% certainty. Slayton will likely not make it to Signing Day, according to Chad Simmons. Slayton will likely make his decision some time on Tuesday and let Auburn and Georgia’s coaching staff know ahead of when he is deciding what he will do. 

Auburn, on Sunday night, still didn’t know what Slayton would do. But that’s likely because Slayton doesn’t (didn’t) know himself. His close friends are not sure of what he intends to do. To say he’s torn is putting it mildly. 

“He’s really quiet about that stuff,” one said this week. 

GAC is set to have a signing ceremony at 7:30 AM for all of its football players. Slayton is also scheduled to appear at the College Football Hall of Fame Signing Day event at 3 PM. I am unclear as to when he is actually supposed to sign, but that should be a formality at that point. 

Chris Carson’s flip from Georgia to Oklahoma State was a result of the Cowboys negatively recruiting against Georgia. Slayton, Godwin and Carson have all been told by either Alabama, Auburn or Oklahoma State that Georgia will only use Nick Chubb offensively next season and that the Bulldogs have an inexperienced quarterback (Brice Ramsey) starting in 2015. 

That line was enough for Carson to flip, but Alabama and Auburn, too, will be starting inexperienced quarterbacks in 2015, so that argument might not fly as well with those two. Auburn went from recruiting Slayton primarily as a defensive back to a wide receiver. That’s another reason he’s reconsidered the Tigers of late.

I had one high-level recruit tell me recently that negative recruiting totally backfires on programs in his eyes. 

“Why would you say something bad like that about someone else,” he said. “I just laugh about it - not to their face - but I remember how stupid it makes them look. It makes it seem like they’ve got nothing good to say about themselves. And a lot of teams do that.”

Georgia should sign both Pat Allen and Rico McGraw on Wednesday. It would be surprising at this moment if either one of them decided to sign with either Tennessee or Alabama.

So how many players will Georgia sign? At least 30 - perhaps as many as 32, but that seems a little far. I’d say 30, but I wouldn’t be surprised with a 31st player in this class. 

How? Well if everyone committed at this time (1:00 PM EST Tuesday) holds (that’s 25 commitments + UAB transfer Jake Ganus, who is considered as signee) Georgia would need to add five more players. Allen, McGraw and Smith would give Georgia 29. DaQuan Hawkins is very much in play. Nick Buchanan is in play as well, but Georgia is going to have to beat back Florida for him. As he de-committed from Cal Monday night.

With all of that said - look for Georgia to take dead aim at Miami’s class. The Hurricanes’ class is falling apart. The commitment of 3-star Harris County RB Tae Crowder might take away from Georgia pushing forward with Miami commit and 4-star Washington (FL) RB Mark Walton. But that won’t prevent them from still trying to pluck 4-star Central (LA) WR and Miami commit Terrell Chatman. He visited Georgia, but TCU and Miami are the competition. Hard to know if he’s going to flip to Georgia, but the Bulldogs are certainly trying their best.

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