One more week before the dead period goes into effect, and the AA games take over with recruiting news. It will be a month before the dead period ends, so this next week is crucial, then a little down time (outside AA games), and then those final three weeks in January, things will get wild as usual.
-- Monty Rice is set to commit one week from today at 12:30pm ET. He DID NOT make the trip to UGA this weekend. Just said to be "burnt out" a little... If you have not noticed, he does not like attention, he is not in the news a lot and he just is feeling a lot of pressure right now to make a decision. The LB out of Alabama is an early enrollee, so he has to decide soon. It will be Auburn or Georgia. He could stay home again this weekend or he could end up at Auburn or Georgia for an official. Nothing is set yet. He was supposed to have an in-home visit with Malzahn and the AU staff Sunday, but the staff had travel issues, so it is being re-scheduled. I am hearing UGA (Kirby) wants to be the last coach to have an in-home visit with Rice and his family, so keep an eye on Thursday here. It is a CLOSE race, but most feel UGA has the edge at this time.
-- Staying on LBs... Kirby Smart and Glenn Schumann will spend a few hours with Nate McBride and his family Monday night. Schumann wanted to see McBride last Monday, but because of the flu, McBride was off limits. Georgia is still in a very good spot here and he plans to announce his decision at the Army AA game January 7.
-- Auburn commit Tray Bishop will see Georgia by Monday, Florida on Monday or Tuesday and Auburn is expected the first half of the week as well. As I have been saying a few weeks now; I see both Florida and Georgia ahead of AU right now despite his commitment. Bishop really likes Tucker and Torrian Gray (Florida DB coach). I do not expect him to re-open his recruitment at this time, but just to flip if he decides to choose a different school.
-- DeAngelo Gibbs decided to visit Auburn this weekend instead of Oklahoma... This changes nothing I am told. Georgia still in a good place and he will be in Athens after his state title game Saturday night.
-- On the official visitors over the weekend... You guys/gals know I am do not build things up for nothings here, so you have not heard a lot about Alex Leatherwood, Joshua Kaindoh and Tre McKitty in the past... Do not look for that to change. UGA got them on campus pretty much knowing they were not getting them (they would not even take one of them right now), showed them around to see if they could change things, but they knew it was almost impossible with Kaindoh and Leatherwood.
-- Alabama JUCO OL Elliot Baker is now set to visit UGA officially this weekend, so that is BIG. For me, this is one to watch... Pittman spent some time with him last week, he really respects Pittman, and as a JUCO guy, he has to see the chance to play right away, and we all know UGA offers that on the OL. This is going to be one to watch closely imo. Alabama has one OT spot locked down with Jonah Williams, and yes, Cam Robinson is headed for the NFL, but he could start at either OT spot at Georgia.
-- Speaking of OLs... Isaiah Wilson will be in Athens this weekend, and that is another top target for the Dawgs. UGA is expected to see him Tuesday or Wednesday this week according to one of Scout's reporters in Wilson's region. This will be his final OV before he makes his decision. Michigan is considered the leader at this time.
-- I have seen questions about UGA RB commit D'Andre Swift — all looks good right now. McGee was up there early last week, he is expected to return this week for the state championship game. It is sounding like McGee will be there Saturday for his game, then see him again Sunday before the dead period kicks in. He is killing it in the playoffs and he has not talked about taking other visits like Mark Webb. Swift has always talked about the SEC, and Georgia appears to be in a good position to hold on here as of now.