Georgia's Big Prospect Weekend

Georgia is expecting it's biggest weekend of official visitors on the year. 20 players have scheduled to make official visits, that number could change based on everyone being able to make the trip, or if there are any surprises. Here is a list of who is coming in for a visit, and Georgia's chances with each.

Wide Receiver

Wide receiver is a key need for the Bulldogs in this class, and Georgia is bringing in several heralded wide receivers this weekend. The headliner is #3 wide receiver in the country Calvin Johnson of Sandy Creek. Johnson is down to Georgia and Georgia Tech, and he could make a decision as early as next week.

Kenneth Harris of Cherryville, NC will be coming down after his basketball game tonight. Georgia will have a plane waiting on him as soon as he finishes up with hoops. Georgia's biggest competition looks to be NC State.

Demiko Goodman from Newnan will be in attendance this weekend. Goodman is a track guy with all of the potential in the world. Georgia's main competition for him remains Florida State.

Defensive Back

Georgia has four defensive backs coming in this weekend. Michael Grant of Stephenson has been thought to be a Georgia lean for quite a while, but he will likely take all of his visits before making any kind of a final decision. Florida and Tennessee will give Georgia the biggest battle for Grant.

The safety position became even more critical with the announcement that Sean Jones is going to turn pro, and that might open the eyes of three of the uncommitted safeties that are coming in tonight.

Antonio Sims of Hiram is already in the fold. He is committed to Georgia, and he will help host Lavon Ponder, Anthony Reddick, and Tony Bell. If Reddick wants to leave Miami, Georgia will likely be his destination. Make a good bet that Max Jean-Gilles will be his player host this weekend. Bell has listed Georgia from the get go, and Jones' departure is going to play on his mind heavily. 

Lavon Ponder is thought to be headed to Miami as well, but like Reddick, he is going to check out Georgia and see what they have to offer.

Offensive Line

Georgia is bringing in a good group of offensive linemen this week. While the line is not as big a need as it was last year, Georgia does not want to get caught in three years with no linemen in the upper class like they did this season.

Chester Adams is quietly making a name for himself as the top offensive line prospect in the state of Alabama. When Georgia fans see him, the first player that will come to mind is Ken Shackleford. Adams has grown up an Alabama fan, but he will take his visits before making a decision.

Brandon Braxton is another offensive tackle type of player that will be coming in from out of state. He's from Ohio, but he has roots in the south, and the lure of the warm weather will be very attractive to him.

Leon Hart of South Carolina is the headliner in this group, and he would be an excellent pull from the Palmetto State. Once thought to be a lock for the Gamecocks, Auburn and Ohio State may actually be the biggest competition now.

Defensive Line

Georgia has had fun recruiting linemen this year. Why shouldn't they? Michael Brown is a beast at defensive tackle. Charles Johnson is quite simply a man among boys. Jeremy Lomax is a player with an unlimited amount of upside with his frame and quickness, and all three players are currently committed to Georgia.

The remaining two visitors? Eric McLendon and Brandon Lang have both stated that they will likely end up signing with Georgia on February 4th.

Running Back

The running backs making visits this weekend will be brought in more as recruiters than recruitees. Thomas Brown and fullback Brannan Southerland were both early commitments to Georgia, and they will get the red carpet treatment this weekend, as well as trying to talk the non-committed players into joining them.


After signing so many linebackers last season, Georgia has had a tough sell early on this year. But Brian VanGorder has done a tremendous job showing prospects just how much fun it can be to play in his system. Jae Thaxton and Josh Johnson will be coming in for a visit, and both players are physically capable of making an early contribution regardless of depth charts. They have that kind of talent.

Georgia looks like the team to beat right now for Thaxton, but like Johnson, watch out for the Canes.

Stay Tuned to the Dawgpost and the Dawgpost's Hot News on Sunday and all of next week as we will keep you updated on how Georgia's biggest official visit weekend of the year goes including prospect comments and analysis.

Pos Nat'l
(School) Hometown
OL 2 Leon Hart
(Spring Valley HS) 
Columbia, SC
DE 2 Charles Johnson
(Hawkinsville HS) 
Hawkinsville, GA
WR 3 Calvin Johnson
(Sandy Creek HS) 
Tyrone, GA
DT 5 Eric McLendon
(Vidalia HS) 
Vidalia, GA
RB 5 Thomas Brown
(Tucker HS) 
Tucker, GA
S 8 Tony Bell
(Thompson HS) 
Alabaster, AL
LB 9 Josh Johnson
(Stephenson HS) 
Stone Mountain, GA
CB 10 Michael Grant
(Stephenson HS) 
Stone Mountain, GA
DT 20 Michael Brown
(Westlake HS) 
Atlanta, GA
RB 22 Brannan Southerland
(Greater Atlanta Christian School) 
Norcross, GA
LB 27 Jae Thaxton
(Hart County HS) 
Hartwell, GA
S 29 Lovon Ponder
(Monsignor Pace HS) 
Miami, FL
WR 30 Kenneth Harris
(Cherryville Senior HS) 
Cherryville, NC
OL 39 Brandon Braxton
(Ursuline HS) 
Youngstown, OH
S 41 Anthony Reddick
(St Thomas Aquinas HS) 
Fort Lauderdale, FL
WR 43 Demiko Goodman
(Newnan HS) 
Newnan, GA
DE 45 Brandon Lang
(Tucker HS) 
Tucker, GA
DE 55 Jeremy Lomax
(Lovejoy HS) 
Lovejoy, GA
S NR* NR Antonio Sims
(Hiram HS) 
Hiram, GA
OL NR NR Chester Adams
(Luverne HS) 
Luverne, AL

*NR Means Not Evaluated Yet.

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