Recruiting Nuggets from Tampa

The fields in Tampa at USF were rich in talent over the weekend. Some of the top skill athletes in the country were on hand and a number of them are UGA targets or prospects. Over 20 recruits on the Bulldog radar are broken down here.

I was in Tampa for two days and I watched some of the top athletes in the country compete in the Badgers Sports/ 7on7 Passing Camp.

The University of Georgia is currently recruiting many of the top prospects there and I share my thoughts on 21 of them right here.

Some have offers, some do not, but all are hearing from the Dawgs.

Many stars were in Tampa (Fla.) over the weekend at the Badger Sports/ 7on7 Passing Camp. The University of Georgia is involved with many of the prospects and I break them down right here.

Prospects with Georgia Offers

Christian Green: The 6-2/200 pound athlete out of Tampa Catholic shined all weekend at wide receiver. He plays quarterback in high school, but he will be a receiver all the way on the next level. He was the one receiver that I saw give top corner LaMarcus Joyner problems. Joyner is a shut down guy with great hips and great speed, but Green made plays on him close to the line and down field when they went head to head. He is explosive, strong, athletic, and he knows how to use his body to his advantage.

Georgia is very much involved with Green. His cousin is former E.G. Green that played at FSU, so Christian already has a connection with Mark Richt and John Lilly. He likes UGA, he wants to visit Athens, and he will likely visit Georgia for the first time over the next few months.

Chris Dunkley: Like expected, Dunkley made plays in Tampa. He has gotten a little stronger since I saw him last summer and it showed against the press coverage this weekend. He was able to get off the line, he got good separation all weekend, and he showed very good hands.

In recruiting, most experts felt Florida was the team, but that may not be the case at this time. Georgia is in the picture and more seriously than I think some think. Florida is not recruiting him as hard as they once were I hear and UGA is one of the schools he has genuine interest in. I expect UGA to get one of his five official visits. He will visit early because he plans to graduate early.

DeJoshua Johnson: Johnson is only about 144 pounds, but he is slick on the football field. He is lightening quick, he has great body control, and he has the speed to get deep on about anyone. The Pahokee star had a very good two days in Tampa.

In recruiting, Florida State is the early team to beat, but he says he is open. Alabama's Nick Saban has made a big impression on him and I expect them to get a visit from Johnson. Georgia has offered, but he does not appear to be too interested in the Dawgs at this time.

B.J. Butler: Johnson is a mean football player and he was impressive this past weekend. He is a good 6-2/235 and he can move. He is explosive, he is nasty, and he is what Georgia needs. He lined up at linebacker and worked in a little at tight end over the weekend, but he is likely going to put his hand down at end on the next level. His attitude, his ability, and his swagger is what UGA needs.

Georgia and Alabama have the lead now and I like Georgia's chances right now IF he leaves the state. If he stays home, then he is going to Florida, but he seems very interested in getting away and doing his thing outside of his home state. Keep an eye on this one.

Alec Ogletree: Ogletree again showed that he can play centerfield with the best of them. He is one of the top safeties in the country and he showed why the best he could without pads on in Tampa. He had about four or five interceptions, he covered a lot of ground in the defensive backfield, and he showed good speed. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the top player in Georgia at this time.

Miami is the school he grew up following, but will he go that far away? I feel he may stay closer at somewhere like Alabama, Georgia, or maybe Florida State. He is close to his family and he would love to play with his twin Alexander, but we will see if any big time schools offer them together. Georgia is still in it, still in his top four, and they still have a good shot at getting an official visit.

Jeff Luc: What a ‘freak' this young man is. He looks in person the way I expected him to after watching his film. Luc is ripped, he is agile, and he is the best middle linebacker I have seen to date in 2010. He showed better than average coverage down the middle of the field, he did well in space, and he shined even though 7on7 events are not made to showcase 6-1/240 linebackers.

Luc is about as green as they come when it comes to recruiting. He grew up around Miami, his brother went to FSU (just as a student), and Florida just won the National Title, but he says he is very open at this time. He wants to learn about the schools, meet the coaches, and see what things are like outside of Florida. This is one prospect I believe when he says he is open.

Ryan Ayers: Ayers quietly went about his business and showed why he is considered to be one of the top corners in the South. He did not make a ton of plays, but that is because he locked his man up pretty good much of the time. He turns his body with great fluidity and he never slows down when changing direction. Ayers has gotten bigger, stronger, and more confident since last spring and it showed.

Georgia is very much in the picture when talking recruiting. He will be in Athens soon for an unofficial visit and he will be watching the Dawgs practice, spending time with the coaches, and seeing if he feels in Athens what he feels in Atlanta. It is still a three team battle with UGA, GT, and UF involved. In the end, I think he stays in state at this time.

Eduardo Clements: Clements got to show what he can do with the ball in open space in this event and he did good things. He made guys miss, he showed good hands, and he was very shifty. His film does not show how good he is or can be because he is one of the best backs in the country. The Booker T. Washington RB had a good two days in Tampa.

Georgia is still on top in recruiting and he has taken a liking to Bryan McClendon. He talked to McClendon on his way up to Tampa from Miami Friday before the tournament as they continue to build their relationship. I expect Clements to visit UGA officially when his visits begin.

Lamarcus Joyner: Joyner may only be about 5-8/165, but he is physical, he has outstanding speed, he showed he could cover the bigger receivers this past weekend, and he is an elite corner. Green gave him some trouble, but give the credit to Green because he is an elite athlete too. Joyner showed toughness, he made great breaks on the ball, and he closes on the ball exceptionally well.

Things change on a regular basis for Joyner in recruiting, but Georgia is currently on the outside looking in. The Dawgs offered him over a month ago and he named them in his top five early, but they are not there at this time.

Ted Meline: Meline had a solid weekend, but he did not make the plays that wowed many. He has was part of a deep receiver core on the Miami Express, so he was in and out throughout the tournament. He has the size, he showed good quickness off the ball, but he was not a big factor down the field.

Georgia and Oregon are currently Meline's top two and he plans to make a decision later this spring. Florida has been talking to him, but has yet to officially offer and I do not expect them to target him unless he really steps up his game in the fall. UGA may be the frontrunner right now, but if he stays healthy and has a big year, then things could get interesting with the big three in the Sunshine State.

Michael Taylor: Taylor had a solid weekend in Tampa at middle linebacker. He has a very good for the ball, he did well when he was able to man up with a back, and he was solid when floating in space. His intensity level stood out more than anything else and he played hard every down. Taylor had a handful of interceptions (one saved a game on day one), he played very physical, and he was the defensive leader.

Georgia is the leader in recruiting for Taylor. Ole Miss and Mississippi State have offered, Tennessee, Miami, and UNC look to be close, but the Dawgs are good shape here at this time. He will likely make a decision over the summer.

C.J. Uzomah: Uzomah did not get a lot of reps over the weekend, but he shared some time at QB on Saturday. When he did get in, he was learning the plays on the go, so he was not very comfortable with his reads. He had to make throws under four seconds, so it was tough not knowing everything with only one practice under his belt. He did throw a could of very nice deep balls on day one.

Georgia was the first to offer the 2011 ATH and I feel they have solidified a spot in his top five for the coming year as things heat up for him. He will be a top recruit and he may be recruited as an athlete more than a QB, but Uzomah will be a productive player in college at one of the two positions. UGA is good shape early.

Prospects to Keep an Eye On

Brian Vogler: Vogler did not get the ball thrown his way as much as he would have liked, but when he did, he made them count. In game one on Sunday, he stepped up and made some very big catches. He played physical, he caught the ball in traffic, and he did a good job of finding the open spots in the middle of the field.

If Georgia decides to offer a true tight end in 2010, then Vogler could be their guy. They are recruiting him, showing interest, and letting him know that he is on their radar.

Tai-ler Jones: Jones may have been the best route runner in Tampa over the weekend. He has gained 10-15 pounds, he has more top end speed, and he is becoming that total receiver. He was almost impossible to jam at the line of scrimmage and he had a strong performance. Some balls that he typically catches, he didn't reel them all in this time, but he still showed good hands.

It would not surprise me to see Jones get an offer very early in the spring. I thought it could happen earlier, but it seems new WR coach Tony Ball wants to see who he is recruiting as he evaluates receivers. Look for UGA to make a quick decision when spring practice starts.

Blake Sims: Sims is one of the better overall athletes in the state. He was hot and cold in Tampa, but he never really got it going at quarterback. He threw some balls behind his receivers, he threw some high, and he just could not get into a real rhythm. He showed good arm strength, but just not a lot of consistency in this event. Sims could be looked at as a receiver or safety.

Georgia has shown a lot of interest in Sims over the past month. He is a guy they are interested in and they like him as a slot receiver. Sims likes UGA enough that he said they would be the only school that h would look at that did not recruit him as a QB.

Markeith Ambles: Ambles did not perform up to the level that he could have in Tampa. He was kind of like Sims, on and off. He made some tough catches including one where he laid out and landed squarely on his head. He shook that off and continued to give it his all, but he had a tough couple of days. He dropped some catchable balls, DeMarcus Milliner of Alabama really locked him up, and he just did not have the type of tournament that he hoped for.

Georgia and Ambles to show interest in one another and we will have to wait and see if anything ever materializes. Right now, I think Alabama, Florida, and USC are high for him.

Tony Grimes: Grimes is a physical corner who loves to get in receivers faces. He used his hands well in Tampa and he showed good ability to change directions. His speed was not as good as others, but he has solid cover skills.

He said UGA is showing interest and he attends Hollywood Hills where Willie Martinez went to high school. He is a kid I could see UGA trying to get up for a camp this summer.

Darius Robinson: Robinson is teammates with UGA target Michael Taylor at Westlake in Atlanta and he is on the Bulldogs radar. He had a solid weekend – not outstanding, but far from disappointing. He got beat off the line quite a few times, but he showed good recovery speed. At times he jumped routes and that got him in trouble as well. Still a solid corner to keep an eye on.

I expect Georgia to take a look at him during the spring and more than likely invite him to their camp. He has god size (5-11/180) and his length makes him even more attractive on the edge. He is not an early offer guy, but someone UGA will likely evaluate.

Victor Beasley: What an impressive looking young man Beasley is. He is used to playing wide receiver, but the 6-3/215 athlete out of Adairsville (GA) worked at middle linebacker in Tampa. He showed good athleticism, he did well in coverage, and he really closed on the ball well. He is a little stiff and not quite as fluid as I would like, but he is really one to watch. His physique alone will get him a lot of attention.

Georgia is one of his top schools along with Alabama. Both schools are recruiting him, he will likely visit both campuses this spring, and I expect coaches from each school to take a look at him during the evaluation process.

Da' Rick Rogers: Rogers had a very good weekend, especially on day one when he practically dominated each game. He was a big, physical receiver that out-ran, out-jumped, and out-played his competition much of the tournament. He turned heads all weekend and showed he was one of the best there. Rogers caught everything within reach and just made plays underneath and over the top.

Georgia is a school that he hopes offers. LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, and a few others already have and he is getting a good bit of attention from UGA. He was invited to their first JR Day in January, but he was home sick and he has been invited back to Athens. If he takes care of business off the field, then an offer from Georgia will likely come.

Lo Wood: Wood is a long corner that could also play safety. He does not show that great quickness, but his size (6-0/183) and coverage skills help him against fast receivers. He did a nice job this past weekend against some of the best receivers in the country.

He is on the Georgia radar and he visited Athens last fall, but an offer does not appear to be to close at this time. When talking to Wood, he said he has not heard much from Georgia lately. If UGA does offer, then they would have his attention. He is looking to leave the state and he has interest in the Bulldogs.

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