Georgia Camp Notebook

Day 1 of Georgia's two-day prospect camp in Athens got underway on Friday afternoon in what was relatively cool temperatures for summer time in North Georgia. Several players have separated themselves from the pack already in what was an entertaining first session.

--Let's get right to it. If there was one player in attendance who may have played his way into a scholarship offer from the Dawgs, it was Chattahoochee's Clint Boling. The big man won every single one of his heats in one on one competition during L-Cone and Shuttle drills. He also was the clear-cut winner when it comes to ladder drills as well. Boling is built rock solid and has great size. He showed on Friday why he's already garnered close to a half dozen scholarship offers. Might the Dawgs be next?

--At the CB position, you need to look no further than Stephenson's Aaron Thomas for the quickest athlete in camp. His change of direction is uncanny and he can pick them up and put them down with the fastest players in the country. Some may question his size but that's no concern here. We've watched Thomas dominate 7 on 7 camps now for several years on what was a loaded Jaguar ballclub. Someone is going to get themselves a cover man with the potential to take away one side of the football field.

--As far as wide receivers are concerned, D.J. Donley again showed why he is one of the top players in the Peach State. He displayed solid hands and ran very crisp routes. His size was simply too much for most of the DB's to contend with. When you add all that to the fact that he's also one of the top S/LB in Georgia and you have one dynamic prospect.

--Not to be outdone at the WR position, rising junior Tavarus King of Habersham really stood out during one on one drills and proved why we were so high on his potential after the two Combine events in Georgia earlier this year. King has a big frame that he hasn't even begun to fill out but he has maybe the best hands in camp and he gets out of his breaks as well as anyone. Tavarus trains full time with CES in Duluth and you can really tell the work has already paid off. Next year, he will be the first D1 recruit from Habersham that I can recall in recent memory.

--Georgia commits Tanner Strickland and Trinton Sturdivant were clearly at the top of the board when it comes to OL talent on hand. They pushed the sleds better than any two players in camp and each showed very good footwork. They were the only pair who could even come close to hanging with Clint Boling through the ladders. Gainesville's Charles Wood also had a solid showing. He was praised for his power in attacking the dummy's but he was also cited for being a split second slow with his initial punch. Once he got his hands on the pads however, he finished the drill impressively.

--Along the defensive front, it was no question who the best players in the Classic City were. Cliff Matthews of Cheraw and Cornelius Washington of Southwest Dekalb are the class of the camp. They went head to head all evening long with virtually every drill ending in a dead heat. During pass rushing technique drills, each showed a first step that drew rave reviews from Georgia DE coach John Fabris. Both are already full grown men and they should be considered among the best players in the country at their position.

--The linebacking corp was hurt by the absence of UGA commits Charles White and Rennie Curran who chose to attend but did not participate. However, if you follow recruiting in the south you know that the Peach State is generally loaded with LB talent and this group was one of the deepest in camp. In particular, Marshall Williams who recently transferred from Parkview to Southwest Dekalb seemed to be getting heavy looks from the Bulldog staff all night long.

--Running back is a tough position to watch in a camp setting but regardless, several players still separated themselves from the others. Calhoun's Adam Urbano who had a memorable 4 TD performance last year in the semifinals at the Georgia Dome, also had himself a memorable performance on Friday in Athens. The rising junior's name was called all day long by the coaches for outstanding work during the drills. He was impressive with his quickness and cutting ability but what stood out to me is the fact that he's grown quite a bit since the last time I saw him. Look for Mr. Urbano's name next season because he will be a highly coveted RB.
Charlton's Lemuel Walker who led the Indians to the AA State Title over Calhoun as well as Darell Norman and Roddy Jones all had outstanding afternoons. Jones in particular was seen walking off arm and arm with new Georgia RB coach Tony Ball after the camp was ended for the night. Parkview tailback Caleb King was in attendance but did not participate.

Now for some of the recruiting bits picked up….

--Georgia commitments Rennie Curran, Charles White and Tanner Strickland were all doing their part to add to their 2007 class on Friday afternoon. They talked to numerous recruits and shadowed several big timers all day long. Curran and White were especially active on the recruiting front.

--Tucker's Brandon Lampkin has continued to add weight so it wasn't surprising when he decided to workout with the DT's on Friday instead of the tightend's, which is the position he plays in high school. When asked about where he would like to attend school, Lampkin made this proclamation, "I'm here to earn a scholarship offer so I can commit to Georgia." Will Lampkin get that offer when it's all said and done? Stay tuned…

--Jackson's Neland Ball has an offer list about as long as any you'll find, so Georgia was delighted to have him on campus for the weekend. Though he didn't work out, Ball spent the entire evening session right beside Rennie Curran and Charles White. Ball says he's narrowed his choices down to Auburn and Georgia, but does not claim a clear-cut favorite. When asked about what he likes about the Dawgs he replied, "everything." Ball will make a decision some time before the start of the season.

--Marcus Gilchrist was on his first unofficial tour of Athens and he had rave reviews for all he'd seen. Gilchrist, who will make his commitment some time in the next two weeks after visiting Athens and Clemson, got lots of love from the coaching staff as well as the UGA commitments in attendance. Some of the recruits who spoke with Gilchrist during the afternoon said they got a strong Bulldog vibe from him. Time will tell if they're right and we should all know here very shortly.

--Bulldog fans know all too well that Georgia is short on talent at the offensive tackle position. They already have one very good one in the fold in the person of Trinton Sturdivant and it appears they all but have another one wrapped up as well. All indications on Friday said Gainesville's Charles Wood should be a Georgia Bulldog when it's all said and done.

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