Insider Report: Mark Richt 7v7 1st Thursday

ATHENS - Dean Legge's insider news and notes from today's Mark Richt 7v7 Camp.

Rabun County ATH Charlie Woerner was the best skill guy at Georgia today. Coaches were on him early and often. You can see why folks are all over him. Woerner has great upper-body strength. He is a real weapon in the red zone.

He played defensive back as well today, but he’s an offensive guy. Even when you get physical with him, Woerner is difficult to deal with. I’ve not seen him, in the last two years of 7v7 camps at Georgia, drop a catchable ball. I also have seen him make serval difficult catches.

You can see why he’s special.

I’m not sure if Elbert County DB Mecole Hardman is trying to fool a lot of folks, but he may as well be committed to Georgia. He’s privately telling other prospects to come to Georgia with him so they can all play together for the in-state school. He was in Athens today. A commitment could pop at any time.

I was disappointed to see Jonesboro ATH James Walker get hurt earlier in the morning at the 7v7 camp. He rolled over and jammed his right shoulder into the turf - he was out for the rest of the day. It was disappointing for nearly every coach in Athens - basketball and football. All three basketball assistants - Jonas Hayes, Phillip Pearson and Yasir Rosemond - were all there to watch Walker play. Thomas Brown and Mark Richt were also watching the south Atlanta prospect play. Keep and eye out for him in the future.

Darlington OL Patrick Kearns went to Georgia looking for an offer. He didn’t get one. Today was an up-and-down day for Kearns when I saw him play. At one point he was knocked on his back by a defensive end. He performed much better at right guard than right tackle. If this was 2013, when the Bulldogs signed over 30 players (or even last year) I could see where you would offer him.

2019 Grayson Owen Pappoe was on hand as well. The rising 9th grader was one of a slew of Greyson Rams on hand. Georgia is a very, very interested in him. As Chad Simmons reported earlier today: “Georgia has pulled 2019 ATH Owen Pappoe aside and are working him out today. He already has eight offers. He would love a Georgia offer.”

My breakout guy for the day? Brunswick OL D'ante Demery. He looked outstanding. Physically he’s where he needs to be in terms of size right now. Sure, he’s going to have to firm up his body (all young big guys do), but he really did excel in one-on-one matchups today against pretty good linemen from Grayson like DL Mykell McDaniel.

He sat for some time with Georgia OC Brian Brian Schottenheimer in his golf cart, which is now equipped with flames. Rob Sale was all over Demery today. He’s a 2017 OL, so he’s got some time to figure things out. But it was pretty clear Georgia was very, very interested in him today.

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