This Week in Georgia Recruiting... 4/20/08

ATHENS – Dean Legge's review of the week in Georgia football recruiting.

Dawgs Land Lee

Dallas Lee decided to end his recruiting on Saturday by committing to Georgia – the team he'd grown up watching while a child. I had been told about Lee last fall and was encouraged to keep an eye out on him as a possible Georgia commit for this class. I watched Lee live twice – once against GAC and the other time in the regular season game against Lovett.

Lee is a powerful lineman who, when teamed with Florida signee Omar Hunter, made it virtually impossible for foes to run on. Speaking of Hunter, Lee was not interested in getting into the same situation as his teammate with regards to late recruiting. Lee told me the first time I saw him and continued to say that he was interested in committing before the summer.

Lee thinks he is going to play offensive line at Georgia, but I don't think he would throw a tantrum if he played defensive tackle. He plays both for Buford.

Quarterback Situation Gets Clearer

We now know Georgia will not sign Tom Savage who committed to Rutgers this week. The commitment seemed strange for some because A) They feel that Georgia is a better fit for any quarterback in the country considering the staff and the success of the program; and B) Savage's dad allegedly told the Georgia staff that he wanted Savage to play football in Athens less than a week before his son committed to Rutgers.

With all of that said, it seemed Georgia has its sights clearly set on Tampa quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray has visited his three favorite schools – UCLA, Georgia and Florida – lately. He took in both Georgia and Florida's spring games. While many, including me, though Murray was going to commit to Florida at their spring game, it seems clear that Georgia has gained momentum in his recruiting.

Murray will hold an 11 AM press conference at his school on Thursday. I expect, but cannot say for certain, that Murray will pick the Bulldogs. It would be a huge pick up for Georgia for two reasons: A) And this is the most obvious one – the Bulldogs will have filled a recruiting need they discussed for some time last fall – getting two quarterback commitments. B) Georgia beat Florida out for arguably the top prospect in the Sunshine State – a player who's style seemingly fits the Gators better than Georgia's.

One cannot underscore enough just how big a commitment and signing Murray would be in the recruiting world – not necessarily on the field. Murray is perceived as a big-deal guy and if the Dawgs were to go into Florida and take Murray from Florida that would be a big deal. It would continue the trend of Georgia getting the base of the team from in-state, but the high-end talent on the team from out-of-state. That may not specifically be the case with Murray as he may never see the field in the competitive quarterback situation in Athens, but it continues the trend. Georgia selects certain out-of-staters they feel like they need to get after – Matthew Stafford, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno, Mohamed Massaqoui, Dannell Ellerbe, CJ Byrd, etc. – and they sign them.

The recruiting philosophy works. Georgia's true stars coming into this season are not from Georgia – they are from out of state. Don't believe me? Pick up the 2008 Georgia Spring Media Guide and look at the front and back cover. Front cover: No one from Georgia – Stafford (Texas), Moreno (New Jersey), Atkins and Owens (Florida). Back Cover: Southerland and Allen (Georgia), Massaquoi and Ellerbe (North Carolina).

More Georgia and Florida

It seems that this year more than most in the recent past Georgia is fighting Florida for a prospect. That's the case for sure with Valdosta's Mike Gillard, who got offers from Tennessee and Michigan this week. Georgia Tech has also offered Gillard, but it seems Georgia and Florida are the two to watch in this one.

Ealey to Take Officals

Georgia commit Washaun Ealey, who committed to Georgia early this year, will take his official visits, he said last week. Several people close to the situation claim that Ealey is just looking to get out and take a look around, but that he plans to signing with Georgia. He grew up a Georgia fan, and I expect very little to change.

Other News and Notes

Georgia offered Massachusetts tight end Arthur Fontaine last week, and it seems the Gators are not that far behind in offering. Scout.com will hold it's Elite 150 Camp next Sunday at Auburn. Many Georgia targets and some Georgia commits are expected to attend including: Zach Mettenberger, Chase Vasser, Jarvis Jones and Jamal Patterson among others.

Major Programs on Gilliard

Major Spring Update: Jonathan Davis

Georgia CB Adds Two Offers

Taking His Time

Catching Up: Washaun Ealey

VIDEO: Scouting Nick Williams

VIDEO: Scouting Dallas Lee

April 15, 2008 Evening Sports Page Radio

Going Camping: Jarvis Jones

Savage to Don Scarlet

Press Conference set for 4-star QB

It's Georgia for Lee


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