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Insider Report: What to Expect in January

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TOP TARGETS

 

DL Aubrey Solomon

He says he is down to Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and USC. This young man could go anywhere at this point.  He has family on the west coast, he has lived on the west coast in a military family, and USC will probably impress this weekend.  With that said, Georgia is still very much in this race.  Solomon loves Rocker, his mother loves Rocker/Sherrer/Smart and they will be back in Athens at some point this month.  Georgia wants him there late, and it would not surprise me if Solomon visits Georgia the weekend before signing day.  As I have said for a month or so, this will be a wild ride with ups and downs these final weeks, but this will not be over until he puts the pen to the paper.  In the end, the school that wins will have to convince the mother they are the best place for her son.  That is what is will come down to.  Alabama is in the lead today and Georgia is next based on what I am hearing. 

 

DE/OLB Markaviest Bryant

Georgia has him on campus this weekend for an official visit and trust me, Bryant knows how tight the numbers are in Athens, and trust me, he knows how much he is wanted by the staff.  Georgia is in the lead right now, I truly believe that based on my talks with Bryant and some close to him over the past 10 days.  Auburn is their biggest threat.  It is not planned, but I could see Bryant making a decision earlier than expected at this point.  Will Georgia hold a spot for him?  It is hard to say, but I would lean towards yes.  He is wanted.  Georgia is very high on him as an edge rusher.  This weekend will be big for Bryant and his family who visits with him.  Georgia would love nothing more than to get him to commit and for him to shut his recruitment down.

 

WR Nico Collins

Staying with what I have always said here, I expect Bama to go another route here in the end at WR, so Michigan is Georgia's biggest threat.  Coley has NEVER let up on this one, and Collins is a priority for Georgia.  It is constant communication between Coley and Collins, and UGA having the last visit is big for them.  He has family in Michigan, his father is a huge Michigan fan, but they all like Georgia a lot too — especially Nico.  I am not ready personally to say UGA is the team to beat, but it is very close here.  He likes the culture in Athens, he loves many of the recruits in this class, and it is only going to be better for UGA to have Fromm, LeCounte and Gibbs on campus each weekend now leading up to signing day.

 

A CORNERBACK

Who will it be?  There is no doubt in my mind that Georgia will take another CB in this class, but it is hard to say who.  They are still working on a guy like Elijah Blades, who is committed to Florida.  He may take a visit, but he is a longshot right now.  Jamyest Williams' name has come up more lately and he is still a possibility.  I personally really like Ameer Speed out of Florida.  His SR tape is very good and with his size, he has real potential.  Eric Stokes is another who UGA stays in contact with, and he is expected on campus later this month.  Another name or two could emerge here, but Stokes, Speed and Williams are the ones you hear the most about.

 

Others in the mix...

 

LB Leonard Warner

He will finally take that visit to Stanford this weekend.  Warner has wanted to get out there for the past six months, so this is big for him, and very big for his family.  Georgia Tech is also very much involved and FSU continues to pursue as well.  I have hear different things here, but since the Monty Rice flip, it is hard for me to see Warner in this UGA class right now.  I cannot rule it out 100-percent, but I would not expect him to end up in Athens as of today.

 

LB Markail Benton

An Alabama commit is visiting this weekend, and I expect Benton to stay with the Crimson Tide, but Bama's LB board is PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.  Kirby is going to go after the big dogs until they tell him they are not interested.  I expect a few more visits this month from prospects like this one.

 

OL/DL TeDarrell Slaton

This one emerged in Texas when he started to hangout with numerous Georgia commits.  Florida leads, and at this time, it is hard for me not seeing him end up a Gator, but Georgia has talked with him, they have mentioned the possibility of him playing DL at Georgia, and as of now, he plans to visit Jan. 28.  This is a longshot to me right now based on what I am hearing behind the scenes, but if he does make it to Athens, things could get a little more interesting.  He is the type of talent you find room for if he wants to be part of your program.


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