4-star Archbishop Carroll OL Jauan Williams had an in-home visit with Sam Pittman on Tuesday night. Pittman wasn’t the only coach in town, however, as Oklahoma sent three coaches to see the high-level offensive lineman. Florida State is considered this Washington, D.C. prospect’s favorite at this time.
New UGA defensive coordinator Mel Tucker went to see 2017 4-star Roswell DB Xavier McKinney. Tucker knows him well - he’s an Alabama commit who committed to Tucker when he was the defensive backs coach in Tuscaloosa. Tucker also saw 2017 4-star Roswell DB Leanthony Williams during the trip. Williams is not committed, but has a slew of offers, including one from each major school in the South.
Longtime UGA commit and Lee County OL Chris Barnes had visitors from UGA for an in-home tonight. Kirby Smart got to see Barnes play basketball, where, according to WALB’s Jake Wallace, he plays forward for the Trojans.
Smart spent much of Tuesday in southwest Georgia - a place he can call home. He visited Americus-Sumter DL and UGA commit Tyler Clark, who will be taking his official visit along with 5-star Lanier DL Derrick Brown, Upson-Lee DL David Marshall, Lassiter PK Mitchell Wasson and Silsbee TX OL Patrick Hudson.
Wasson doesn’t have an offer from the Bulldogs.
Smart also saw 4-star 2017 Crisp County DL Markaviest Bryant, who he offered Tuesday.
But he also touched base with Alabama commit and Houston County QB Jake Fromm. Smart went the same day that Alabama coach Nick Saban was in middle Georgia.
The Bulldogs also offered 2017 4-star WR J.T. Cauthen, who lives just on on the North Carolina side of the border with South Carolina in a part of the Tar Heel state that’s been good to the Bulldogs - producing the likes of Dannell Ellerbe and Trinton Sturdivant. Cauthen committed to the Tar Heels earlier this month.
“UGA is a school Cauthen has wanted an offer from,” Chad Simmons reports.
Auburn commit and 3-star Upson-Lee DL David Marshall visited with Smart on Monday, and that meet and greet was enough for Marshall to tweet that his family will be with him in Athens when he visits UGA over this weekend.
Keep an eye on longtime UGA commit and 4-star Oconee County LB Jaleel Laguins. It looked like the Bulldogs were bowing out of the fight to keep him, but now the Bulldogs are turning up the heat big time to keep him in the class - so much so that the Bulldogs were waiting on him when he returned from his weekend visit to Florida. Laguins will visit UGA on January 29, the final recruiting weekend of the year. He will visit Alabama, along with a host of other top prospects, this weekend.
It seems Georgia understands that it is likely not going to sign Alabama commit and 4-star McEachern WR Tyler Simmons now. Notre Dame, too, seems to be pulling out in front for 5-star Savannah Christian Prep ATH Demetris Robertson.
“Will Robertson trip to Georgia?” Simmons asks. “We know that Kirby Smart has him high on the list at UGA. If he goes to Georgia; they have a chance. If not it is down to Alabama and Notre Dame, and right now Notre Dame has the lead.”
5-star LB Ben Davis, Scout’s No. 11 overall player in the country, will visit Alabama this weekend.
Davis told the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer that UGA is telling him that he can fill a very important void.
“Kind of like Floyd,” Daivs said. “Playing a role like he plays. I kind of model my game around him. I watched him play when they played Missouri and they won. It was a great game. That’s kind of what I like about him.”
Davis also said that Smart’s arrival as head coach “really affected (his recruiting) a lot.” He still lists the Bulldogs as his leader right now. The Bulldogs have made a very serious push for Davis, but most insiders think that the Tide legacy (his father Wayne is still the Tide’s leading tackler) will wind up in Tuscaloosa. Jeremy Pruitt visited Davis on Monday.
UGA offered 2017 3-star Mallard Creek WR Ryan Jones on Monday.
Keep an eye on 5-star DL Brian Burns from the Miami area. If UGA can pull him in over Florida and Florida State they have a very real shot at signing five five-star players for the first time in school history. If he doesn’t come into the fold the Bulldogs will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat with Nigel Warrior, Davis or Robertson.
Mel Tucker checked on Nigel Warrior, according to Chad Simmons who adds: “The Dawgs are really working to stay in this race.”
Still, Georgia is not in a bad position entering two weeks before Signing Day.
Updates from Tuesday:
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Derrick Brown on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - Brown is an elite talent that has been targeted by schools nationwide. He has been and still is a top target for the Dawgs. Georgia is trying to get bigger and stronger up front and Brown could provide that.
As of January 18, 2016 - Chad Simmons: “Bama does not feel they have a GREAT chance… ND likes their spot right now... UGA feels they are in it... ND feels UGA is out, but Bama is a threat... Stanford has not been involved in a while, but most still felt the Cardinal is the team to beat.”
As of January 14, 2016 - Glenn Schumman is set to visit with Demetris Robertson on the first day of recruiting.
As of January 12, 2016 - An athlete who could play for Georgia immediately on either side of the ball. Georgia has had him high on their board for a couple of years now and they may have moved up Robertson's list with the Smart hire.
Mecole Hardman Jr.
As of January 20, 2016 - Chad Simmons reports: “Right now I believe it is Alabama and Georgia at the top. I don’t see Ohio State entering into play for Mecole.”
As of January 18, 2016 - Said of his offical visit to Ohio State: "Loving the visit!! Coach Meyer may be the coolest coach out there. #Buckeyes defiantly in my Top schools."
As of January 14, 2016 - New UGA defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will visit Mecole Hardman today, which is the same day Nick Saban and Jeremy Pruitt are scheduled to see him as well.
As of January 13, 2016 - Dawg Post can report that Elbert County is planning for an "early morning announcement" on Signing Day for Hardman.
As of January 13, 2016 - Chad Simmons is reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban and Jeremy Pruitt will visit with Hardman on Thursday.
As of January 12, 2016 - Explosive as they come. A special talent who can be dynamic on the football field. A selfless young man who could shine at slot or cornerback. Another playmaker who can make an immediate impact.
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see 5-star DB Nigel Warrior on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - A coveted defensive back with speed, ball skills, and instincts that will be able to sign where he wants. A top target for Georgia who is very high on Alabama's board, so with Smart's move to Athens, this helps the Dawgs.
As of January 18, 2016 - Said of his official visit to UGA: "Georgia is where I could live."
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Scout 100 DE Brian Burns on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - The Dawgs want Burns, an elite pass rusher with length and speed to the ball. At one time UGA was considered the favorite, but Florida has taken that spot, but expect Smart and his staff to turn things up here in January.
As of January 19, 2016 - UGA seems to have the gut feeling that Alabama will sign Simmons.
As of January 18, 2016 - Wrapped up a great offical visit to UGA by saying: “I do not think Kirby is going to take no as an answer from me.
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Alabama WR commit Tyler Simmons on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - There is a big need at wide receiver for Georgia and Simmons is a wanted prospect, even though he picked Alabama a few weeks ago. He is now planning to take his official visit in January and that could be key. He is a wide receiver with track speed.
As of January 12, 2016 - With the need up front on the offensive line, Allen is expected to be a big target for Georgia moving forward. He is a big body from an elite high school program who could play tackle or guard.
As of January 14, 2016 - Sam Pittman is set to see the Archer offensive lineman.
As of January 12, 2016 - Price is a one-time Georgia commit and it could come back full circle. He is an offensive lineman with the ability to move around and play multiple positions.
As of January 19, 2016 - Davis told the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer that UGA is telling him that he can fill a very important void. “Kind of like Floyd,” Daivs said. “Playing a role like he plays. I kind of model my game around him. I watched him play when they played Missouri and they won. It was a great game. That’s kind of what I like about him.”
As of January 18, 2016 - Made a lot of his visit to UGA and hanging out with Kirby Smart on Twitter. The Bulldogs seemed to make some read headway with the top linebacker in the country.
As of January 12, 2016 - Not long after the announcement of Kirby smart taking over Georgia did David reveal the Dawgs were his new No. 1 school. Still, he is an Alabama legacy, so he will not be an easy pull out of the state of Alabama, but Georgia is a legit contender.
As of January 12, 2016 - The combination of Carter being a one-time Alabama commit, his interest in Georgia, and the need in the secondary for UGA, this is a big target. He knows Smart well, so we will see if that helps.