UGA Recruiting Updates: Eason Arrives at UGA

ATHENS - Jacob Eason’s much-anticipated trip to Athens will include a visit to the UGA President’s suite on the 50-yard line at Sanford Stadium.

That’s where Kirby Smart will set up shop during UGA’s annual gala weekend. Eason, Ben Cleveland, Willie Allen and Chris Barnes will all take in the view from high atop the Sky Suites over the weekend. 

Barnes and Cleveland are firm commitments to the Bulldogs. This weekend could very well shut the door on Eason’s recruiting if things go smoothly. But on Friday the rest of Georgia’s recruiting class came into question with the departure of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Alabama for the same position.

That move cost the Bulldogs at least one commitment - Malek Young - on Friday. It could have ramifications, as well, for players like Demetris Robertson and Mecole Hardman. Hardman is expected to attend Smart’s party in the Sky Suites, and Robertson told Chad Simmons on Friday that he would not travel to Ohio State for a visit with the Buckeyes, and that a visit to Georgia was still being considered for the weekend. 

Meanwhile, linebackers coach Kevin Sheerer made an appearance at the Georgia Dome as did Glenn Shumann, who appears to be headed towards coaching Georgia’s secondary - although that’s not a certainty this second.

That duo and everyone else at the Georgia Dome got to see firm Georgia commit Chauncey Manac block a punt during Clinch County’s 24-7 win over Irwin County in the A Public School Championship. 

Before heading to the Dome, Shumann was at Upson Lee HS Friday morning and he was there to see Auburn commit David Marshall, Simmons reports. Marshall has been recruited by Alabama for a couple of years and it now appears Smart will target him for UGA.

After meeting with Shumann, Marshall said, “Coach (Shumann) was telling me how they really need me to come play for Georgia. They want to move me around (the defensive front) because of how quick I am off the ball. Georgia has not offered me yet, but I think they will.  I am planning to visit Georgia officially in January.”

 

"If Georgia offers me, it will change things,” Marshall continued “I have a great relationship with Kirby Smart. He has been recruiting me since I went to camp there in ninth grade.”

High-level TE Isaac Nauta is on a visit to Miami this weekend. He and Eason are said to be close to one another, and the Canes are not considered a significant threat to UGA at this time.


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