How did the six future Dawgs perform in Orlando? Get the expert analysis inside.
Five prospects entered Orlando (FL) last week as Dawgs and six leave. Late in the 2009 UnderArmour All-American game Sunday night Branden Smith committed to UGA, so the Dawgs added one before the event came to a close.
Here are my thoughts on all six future Bulldogs after watching three practices and a game in Orlando.
Report from Orlando: Ealey is still not 100 percent healthy and it showed that all week. He is around 70 percent with an ankle sprain and it hampered his cuts, balance, and explosiveness. He was not able to showcase his true ability because of that injury, but he showed a lot of determination. Ealey did not miss any practice time, he competed hard, and he still showed great vision, hands out of the backfield, lateral movement, and the ability to pick up blocks. Even though he was not healthy on the practice field all week, he was still one of the top three or four backs in Orlando. He had one carry for five yards in the game.
Report from Orlando: Jones was lining up at defensive tackle for the first time in his career in Orlando and it showed. Late in the week and into the game, I saw him starting to look a little more comfortable there, but he definitely looked his best when playing end. Jones has gained about 30 pounds in the past year and he has a bright future ahead of him, but there is a big difference from playing DE going one on one against the OT than playing in the middle. He played a little high, and he learned he did not have as much space to operate, but he was learning on the run, and I expect big things from him at UGA. I do expect him to fall from the number one DT spot on Scout .
Report from Orlando: Lee played the best of any of the Georgia commitments under the lights inside the Citrus Bowl. While playing a steady guard position all week during practice, he showed why UGA recruited him Sunday night. He lined up against UF commit Gary Brown and played lights out, especially in pass protection. He was solid all week when run blocking, but he struggled a bit when working pass pro. Buford runs the ball a lot, so he hasn't gotten a lot of experience or reps. Lee looked like a leader out there during practice, he worked Greg Reid, and he will be moving to Athens this week.
Report from Orlando: The University of Georgia will get one of the top tight ends in the country this year and he is located right outside of Boston (MA). Not often do the Dawgs head that far north for prospects, but they are getting a good one here. Lynch is more athletic than many think, he has soft hands, he is very physical, and he showed all those things last week. He got off to a slow start and dropped a few passes, but he got going late in day one. I felt Lynch was the top tight end in Orlando when the event concluded. He did not get a catch in the game, but he got off the line well, got separation from some athletic linebackers, and he will be a perfect fit at Georgia.
Report from Orlando: When talking athletes, Moody is one of the best in Georgia. He showed a lot of athleticism and speed in Orlando. He created a buzz on day one and carried through the final practice. He showed great pursuit in practice and then did a fine job in coverage much of the game on Sunday night. He needs to get stronger and take better angles, but he is a hitter, he is very fast, and he upside is very high. The week in Orlando was a big success for Moody and he quickly showed why he was an early target for Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and others.
Branden Smith – CB – 5-11, 172, 4.4 – Atlanta, GA
Report from Orlando: Smith was a shut down corner all week in Orlando. He did not allow a pass to be caught on him the first day and Smith showed he is an elite cover corner and he did well in press coverage and zone. He displayed great ball skills, great instincts, and he has great anticipation out on the edge. He does need to add strength, but he finished with seven tackles in the game and he covered very well breaking up one pass. He misjudged the pass thrown to Andre Debose that Debose took for a touchdown, but that will be taken care with reps. He is a playmaker and he will elevate to a five-star corner on Scout.com.