Ask the Expert: February 12, 2009

Dawg Post's Dean Legge asks Scout.com South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons about Georiga's recruiting.

Orson Charles - what is your gut telling you about him and his decision?

- With abig visit to go, all four schools appear to still be in it, but I feel Florida and Georgia are fighting for the top spot at this time. The Gators really have made a strong push for Charles over these last couple of weeks, but the Dawgs have been in this from the beginning. You can never count USC out, but I feel the Vols are down on his list. It looks like the elite playmaker will make a decision at the end of this month and getting Charles in Athens could finish cap off this class. He is something that they do not have in Athens and he is a extremely gifted athlete. He is just a mismatch waiting to happen and UGA has recruited him hard for almost a full year because he is wanted by the Dawgs. I think it could come down to UF and Georgia in the end and it is just too close to call a couple of weeks out.

What assistant coach or coaches need to be commended on an outstanding year? It seems every year a different coach grabs a heck of a group in the class... who was that this year?

- Guys like Mike Bobo and Rodney Garner always get recognized and they deserve it, but a guy that may go a little unnoticed on the recruiting front is Stacy Searels. I hear high school coaches, parents, and prospects praising Searels often and he is more than just an outstanding OL coach for Georgia. He played a very big role in getting Marlon Brown (the only coach involved with every visit) to Athens and he was the key to getting Austin Long, Dallas Lee, and Chris Burnette to Athens. Coach Searels and Rodney Garner worked on Derrick Lott and got him to be a Bulldog. He is one that does not get mentioned like he should when it comes to recruiting, but he should be recognized as one of the best.

With 2010 now the class in focus, how difficult a fight do you think Georgia will be with out-of-state schools for Alec Ogletree and Mack Brown?

- Georgia will have to fight hard for both of these outstanding athletes. There is no doubt that both will have plenty of options when it comes time for them to make their decision. Ogletree grew up a Miami fan while the Gators have grabbed an early lead for Brown. With that said, Georgia is very much in the picture for both and Brown lists them at number two and Ogletree has them in his top four. The Dawgs will work them hard this spring and summer as they try to get them on campus as many times as possible and begin to work the parents and families as well. Georgia is not out of at all with either, but they are fighting from behind early in the process.

Spring seems to be the time where opinions are formed on recruits. What is spring like for someone like you who has responsibility for such a large area with so many prospects in it?

- A spring is a very big time for any analyst that is responsible for evaluating prospects because there is nothing like seeing prospects live and in person. I will be bouncing around from combines to camps to 7on7 events to spring practices and whatever else gives me an opportunity to see prospects perform live. I will continue to watch film and evaluate prospects that way as well, but I will be on the road as much as possible to see how the underclassmen look in person. There is no better way to get a true evaluation than that, so I stay very busy in April, May, and June spending time on the road in different states trying to find the top talent. At the same time, I will stay in touch with guys in each state getting their feel for some of the best in their area also.

Are there a few offensive line prospects in state that are already standing out to you?

- JaWuan James has been my top 2010 OL since last September. He really has separated himself early on as the top guy at his position. Not far behind him are Austin Shepherd (North Gwinnett), Kolton Houston (Buford) and Max Garcia (Norcross). James and Garcia are tackle prospects and I like Shepherd and Houston on the inside. Those are my top four OLs at this stage, but others that I like are Ed Christian (Lowndes), David Yankey (Centennial), David Beasley (Carver-Columbus) and one that could be a sleeper is Henry Anderson (Woodward). He has a number of offers as a defensive end, but he could be one to watch as an OL prospect as well.


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