Two Top Priorities

Georgia wants to lock the state down and keep the top recruits at home each and every year. They have a few openings left in 2008 and they are now focused on two of the best in the Peach State. We give you the full breakdown on these two priorities inside.

The University of Georgia has commitments from many of the state's best already, but they are still in pursuit of not only two Georgia's best, but two of the best in the country.

These two top tier recruits are expected to announce their decisions exactly one month apart and while one is wrapping the process up, the other is just getting started.

Here is the latest on two top Bulldog recruits.

Georgia's Two In-State Priorities
Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 229, 4.6 – Linebacker - Carver
Prospect Evaluation: Jones looks the part and he plays the part. He is a strong tackler and he seems to deliver a couple of blows every game that wows the crowd. Size and athleticism are two of Jones' biggest strengths and he does a good job of pursuing the football. Middle linebacker or possibly defensive end will his position on the next level. He has the frame to add good weight and he definitely will when he adds muscle mass. Turning him loose on the edge could be a good thing, but staying at linebacker is a real possibility. He will need to take better angles, work on shedding blocks, and continue to wrap up when making the tackle. It could be all about how big he gets when he starts to focus on football 100 percent of the time.

UGA's Competition: USC received his first official visit and Georgia had him on campus in mid December. In January, he will visit Florida, Texas, and LSU. He says all are even, but some feel Florida could be holding a slight lead. Jones is not dropping any hints right now, so all five seem to still be in this race.

What is in Georgia's favor? Georgia is the in-state school, they are close to home, and Jones is building a very strong relationship with the UGA coaching staff. Coach Lilly and Coach Jancek have done an excellent job over the past three months with Jones and his mother praised Coach Richt after their official visit.

Decision Date: February 4, 2009 (Signing Day)
Branden Smith, 5-11, 172, 4.4 – Cornerback – Booker T. Washington
Prospect Evaluation: Smith is clearly the most electric prospect in the state of Georgia this year. He has great ball skills at corner, he is a threat to score any time he has the ball in his hands, and he has speed to burn. Smith will have to improve his footwork at corner and add strength, but he has all the tools to become one of the best on the next level. Not only will Smith be a top cover corner, but he will also help on special teams as a return man and likely touch the ball a few times on offense down the road.

UGA's Competition: Only four schools remain for this premier athlete. He has it down to Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia. He has taken all five official visits, he has had many in-home visits, and he will pick one of those four schools soon.

What is in Georgia's favor? A key factor to many recruits these days is when a school offers them and Georgia was Smith's first offer. The Dawgs jumped on him early and they stayed in the lead pack throughout the process. His mother speaks highly of UGA, he feels very comfortable with the entire Georgia staff, former teammate Reshad Jones in playing in Athens, and UGA is of course the home state program.

Decision Date: January 4, 2009

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