The big news out of Athens yesterday was the departure of defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. In today’s world of recruiting, losing an assistant coach could mean losing a recruit or two. In this case, while many prospects in the 2018 know who he is and think he’s a great guy, the news wasn’t serious enough for any of them to lose interest in the Bulldogs.
Jaylen McCollough and Nolan Smith are two 2019 prospects who might have taken the news tougher than the rest. The 2019 defensive class is a close group, and has visited Georgia together in the past. The Bulldogs are still in a great spot with each of them, and bringing in an elite recruiter could possibly close the deal. Again, Georgia also needs to win the east this fall to really lock down that class.
In regards to the 2018 group, losing Rocker does not seem to be a deal-breaker with any of the current targets. Guys like Darnell Jenkins, Richard Jibunor and others understand it’s a process and know that staff changes happen frequently.
A new name to know it recruiting is Beauregard (AL) back Ladamian Webb. The 5-foot-8 180-pound back was the class 5A back of the year in Alabama, rushing for 3,242 yards and totaling 54 touchdowns as a junior.
Indiana is his biggest offer to date, but Alabama and Auburn are showing interest as well. Webb will be attending multiple camps this spring and summer. If he continues to improve, look for Webb to have a big spring and start picking up bigger offers. He’s not the biggest guy, but he shows great speed, balance, vision, and overall playmaking ability.
The Bulldogs need two back in the 2018 class. The state of Georgia is not nearly as deep at the position as most years, so it will be interesting to see who the Bulldogs go after in other areas.
Greater Atlanta Christian (GA) defensive back Kyler McMichael picked up an offer from Ohio State recently. McMichael started at running back last year for the Spartans, but looks to be a defensive back at the next level. With his 6-foot-1 187-pound frame and versatility, McMichael could play both cornerback and safety at the next level. Georgia, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee, among others have also offered.
Last month Georgia offered 2018 defensive end Malik Langham. The 6-foot-5 255-pound Huntsville (AL) native was excited about the offer, and plans to visit Georgia on November 18th. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and linebackers coach Glen Schumann are the two Bulldog coaches recruiting him. Ole Miss and others have also offered the up and coming defender.
Another prospect to keep an eye on is Grady (GA) athlete Jaylen Rivers. I’ve written about the 6-foot-2 195-pound Rivers about a year ago, and his recruitment has really picked up lately. Georgia Southern offered yesterday, and schools like Virginia and Vanderbilt are starting to show interest. Wide Receiver might be his position at the next level, but he worked out at safety during Rising Seniors week last December. Look for him have a big camp season over the next few months.
Quez Jackson is hard hitting linebacker out of Peach County (GA) who could see his recruitment as well. Jackson runs well at 6-foot-1 210-pounds but his instincts are what stand out. Jackson is always around the football and totaled 170 tackles last season. He was named first-team all region in class 3A.
Peach County (GA) prospect and Georgia target, Kearis Jackson, received an offer from Notre Dame yesterday. Jackson visited Georgia on January 28th, and the Bulldogs are in a great spot at the moment.
Alpharetta (GA) cornerback Jaycee Horn is another defender who will start to emerge soon. The 6-foot-1 170-pound athlete shows good ball skills, and has been offered by North Carolina and Louisville.