This Week in Georgia Recruiting... 5/4/08

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

Long picks Georgia

When I visited Aaron Murray on the day of his press conference, he told me he was going to try to recruit players to come with him to Georgia. I was well aware of Austin Long's interest in Georgia – I think a lot of folks were. When Murray called Long on Friday night he got the ball rolling in Long's head: come to Georgia. By Sunday Long was pretty much convinced, and Murray should get the credit for pushing him over the edge.

But Murray didn't get Long interested to begin with. Long told me during our conversations a few days after his commitment that he knew Georgia was for him when he first visited Athens – for the record Murray felt the same way. Georgia can now make the claim that they have arguably the top individual players in the states of Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.

The recruiting roll that Georgia is on is starting to look like the same one they were on last year. The main difference this season is that Georgia is getting its top players from out of state this spring.

Murray's influence

The Tampa quarterback is very charismatic when talking with other recruits. In my view he's not done getting players to come with him to Georgia. I don't expect him to be as influential with guys from Georgia as his is with guys from out of state, particularly from Florida. He can say: "Hey, I'm going up to Georgia, and I want to throw the ball to you when I get there. We are both from down here, so let's go up there and do it."

That's not to say Murray can't help with kids from Georgia. I just think his pull is even stronger on those not from the Peach State. 150 in Auburn

Chase Vasser is huge. Abry Jones did not disappoint. Zach Mettenberger looks better than ever. I didn't recognize Mettenberger at first because he's cut his hair – he still rolls with his trademark headband. You can't miss that powerful arm – I mean it is powerful. He was the top quarterback in the camp the other day. Vasser, who went from not being rated to being considered a four-star prospect in the last few days, looks the part of a college football player right now. He's big and can run… I'm not sure what else you would want out of a linebacker. Jones, who I visited two days before at Northside, did fine at the event. These events are often more about the skill players, and I think that was the case last Sunday, too. Jones, however, must have done something to sway opinion, as he is now considered the top defensive tackle prospect in the country.

Other News and Notes

I think we are looking at about six or seven more scholarships for the Bulldogs for the Class of 2009. This is the time of year for attrition, and I would look for some of it soon. That would move the number up by one or two and give Georgia a more reasonably-numbered class… Georgia coaches have been on the road recruiting in North Carolina, the Tampa area, Memphis and all over Georgia… Wondering about 2010? I would keep an eye on Warner Robbins defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker, GAC athlete/defensive back Julian Horton and Virginia signal caller Phillip Simms.

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