Walter Grant was back at Georgia over the weekend and he "loved it". Now, he was back a little closer to home at FSU Tuesday, and the Noles are in this, but they are behind Georgia (who I feel is the leader) and Alabama. Georgia has done an excellent job here — especially Kevin Sherrer. Grant got the royal treatment over the weekend, and he got a lot of time with Kirby around the camp sessions. Grant enjoyed being around the players too. He is likely to take official visits before he makes his decision. I do see UGA in a good spot right now.
I spoke with someone Monday that has a great connection with D'Andre Swift, and things still look VERY good here for the Dawgs. I was told, "Swift will be a Bulldog within a month", so we will see. It goes along with what I was told in Oregon at The Opening — that Swift should announce his decision around mid August. It should come out through a Bleacher Report video.
When the news came out last week that UGA and Xavier Jenkins had parted ways; that was no surprise. I know he had a good camp in June, and UGA does like him a lot, but UGA also likes Jeremiah Holloman, Mark Webb, Nico Collins, and others at WR a lot too. Holloman has his spot, and he is a Georgia lean. Webb likely has made his decision already behind the scenes — UGA is the leader. I think UGA adds those two as of right now, and calls it a wrap at that position. It will be their best group ever on paper.
Speaking of "best groups", the OL unit could be special... I honestly could see all four of the UGA commits playing in the NFL one day... My quick thought on each:
D'Antne Demery: Big, reach, versatile — likely right tackle. Has really developed nicely over the past 18 months. Has to improve footwork, but love his base and punch.
Netori Johnson: The widest and most athletic of the bunch. VERY strong and mobile. Has to refine technique and not just lean on defenders with size.
Justin Shaffer: Love his feet and his will to win. He has a different attitude and he is working hard this season. One who can pull, get down field, and he is stronger than Johnson in the weight room.
Thomas: The technician... Anchors well, and he is stronger than he looks... Only going to get better too. Does nothing really bad, solid all around, and SUPER smart.
Georgia is not done either. They was ONE MORE in this class... Jedrick Wills was on campus over the weekend, and UGA is quietly in this one... Bama leads, but UGA is likely to receive an official visit. Isaiah Wilson is still one to watch. You cannot sleep on Tony Gray. I am hearing Georgia definitely wants a fifth OL in this class if they can land the right type.
He has not hidden his love for Georgia, and Markaviest "Big Cat" Bryant still has the Dawgs on top. He had a "great" visit to Athens Saturday, and he loves the treatment he gets when he is there. UGA talks personal with him a lot, asking about his mother, his home life and how things are in Cordele. He trips to LSU this weekend, and he wants to get to Florida and few other schools in the coming months. He said a decision could come late in this summer, but is likely to come in the fall. Georgia wants this one and they stand a great chance at landing him when he decides.
The latest on Jacoby Stevens is that he will likely announce his decision before the end of July. He was at a Satellite Camp Sunday night and Mel Tucker was there by his side much of the night. Tucker worked with Stevens, and the Dawgs are doing all they can to hang on here. I am not changing what I have said for about a month or so now — Alabama is their biggest threat. Yes, Auburn is in this. Yes, LSU is in this. Yes, Clemson is in this, but Georgia is battling Bama right now. This race is extremely tight, and as of now, Stevens has no plans to visit anyone else before making his decision. Bama and Georgia would both love to see him once more on their campus before he commits if they could.
The interior DL group for 2017 is not deep, but a prospect who has been somewhat under the radar is Devonte Wyatt. The 6-4/300 DT is athletic, big, and strong. Rocker pushed him, and worked him hard Saturday in Athens. Kirby had his eye on him as well. He is out of Towers in Decatur, and he is moving his way up UGA's board. No offer yet, but they now have their eye on him. He is one to know.
Do not be surprised if Tray Bishop pushes his commitment back... He is still set to commit Monday July 25, but after visiting Florida and Georgia this past weekend, he says he may not be ready. When we spoke Tuesday about his upcoming decision, he said, "I really do not know what I am going to do yet. I really want to commit and get it out of the way before the season, but I may not be ready. It is not as easy as people think." Now, if he does not commit Monday, that is good for UGA... Right now I believe both Auburn and Florida are ahead of the Dawgs. He is set to visit Auburn this weekend and he really wants to get back down to UF very soon.
Linebacker Watch: Guys who could play on the inside... Grant is one and we've already touched on him... Nate McBride, KJ Britt, Monty Rice, Tyler Taylor, Leonard Warner, Marquez Bembry... It is a big group... McBride has his spot... UGA may have the edge for Warner, who was back in Athens over the weekend... Britt is Auburn-Georgia, and it is tight. One not many talk about is Rice, and UGA could be trending a little here. I think August will be telling here at this position when Warner and Britt are likely to commit, and another one or two could as well.