While the media didn't get to see much today, it seems the first Kirby Smart camp of 2017 was a success.
First off, the indoor practice facility was beautiful. This was my first time seeing the place in person and I came away impressed.
As it pertains to recruiting, Georgia targets Trey Dean and Quindarious Monday looked to be having a good time before the camp started. Monday has been extremely impressive this spring at multiple camps, and Georgia is doing everything they can to get back in the race here. Florida State and Auburn are the two teams standing out the most to Monday at this time, but Georgia isn't giving up here.
There has been some recent buzz for South Carolina when it comes to Dean, so it's always good news for the staff when he gets back on campus. He loves Georgia, but he feels like he can play much sooner at South Carolina. I still likes Georgia's chances here, but this one is closer than I ever thought it would be. A month ago I thought Dean would be a Georgia commit by now, but it looks like South Carolina is a serious threat.
All the media really got to see today was stretching. Scoobie Ford and Winston Wright JR were the first guys in line for drills, and the coaches took notice. Liberty County DT Tramel Walthour was there, and he currently holds a Georgia offer. If today were Signing Day, I believe Walthour would be in this 2018 class.
WR/TE Amir Adbul Rahim of Mays (GA) stood out physically, and is a guy who could see his recruitment pick up soon. The same goes for TE Maleak Bryant. Bryant is a prospect I've seen numerous times,and always wondered why he doesn't have major offers. Chaney applauded Rahim at one point during drills at the end of the media session.
Another prospect to know moving forward is South Forsyth (GA) WR Zevian Capers. The staff at South Forsyth have been raving about the 2020 receiver, and he stood out among the group. Looks great physically at around 6-foot-3, and looked fluid in drills. Look for him to become a major prospect down the road.
From a team standpoint, nobody stood out as much as DT Julian Rochester. He's always been a big dude, but he looked great and has lost some bad weight. I'm expecting Rochester to have a big 2017 season.
Chubb, Michel, and Brain Herrien all looked to be in great shape.
Trenton Thompson looked a little slimmer than usual, but that was expected given his recent circumstances this off-season. His chest looked huge and looked great overall, but just a little slimmer than I was expecting. He did beat Tyler Clark in a speed drill while showing the campers what to do.