More for Dawg Fans in July?

ATHENS – The Fourth of July is known for fireworks, but Georgia's month of June had more than it's fair share.

Georgia's fireworks could very possibly continue after July 4th, too.

A quick recap of June: In the span of four Tuesdays, the Dawgs pulled in eight commitments. Three of those commitments were seen as major, major recruiting wins. All told, Georgia got commitments from four three-star players (Alpharetta WR Michael Bennett, Andrew Jackson (FL) CB Derek Owens, Treasure Coast (FL) OLB Deon Rogers and Southwest DeKalb RB Ken Malcome), three four-star players (Calhoun WR Da' Rick Rogers, Bolles (FL) OL Brent Benedict and Orange Park (FL) OLB Demetre Baker) and a huge commitment from Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, who is considered a five-star prospect and the second-best in his position in the country by Scout.com.


Calhoun's Da' Rick Rogers started Georgia's June with a big commitment. Georgia's list.

"Not only did Georgia get eight commitments in that span of time, but they got some national recruits like Da'Rick Rogers, Brent Benedict, and Alec Ogletree that could have picked just about any school out there," Scout.com South Recruting Analyst Chad Simmons. "You throw in in-state guys like Michael Bennett and Ken Malcome who each had over 15 offers to choose from and then Florida athletes Derek Owens, Demetre Baker and Deon Rogers – it is impressive."

Ogletree has been thought to be going out of state for some time, but announced at a Scout.com event in Rome, Georgia last Friday night that he'd decided to pick the Bulldogs. The announcement was a stunner – more because of his timetable for the decision than anything else.

"I was very surprised when Ogletree committed," said Simmons. "I wasn't shocked that he picked Georgia, but I was shocked at the time he picked Georgia. He did not seem to be close to a decision when I talked to him just hours before he committed, but he was. I don't think it hit me for a couple of days that he really committed. I did not know whether to believe him or not when he told me he wanted to commit that evening. It was a great moment for him and his family and I am just happy Scout was there to be a part of it. By far, it was one of the most shocking moments for me in this industry."

The recruiting tear the Dawgs are on might be the best ever, according to Simmons, who has covered recruiting in Georgia and the South for years.

"I can't remember Georgia on roll like this in my time covering recruiting," Simmons said. "There have been moments and maybe days that have been this exciting for Georgia fans like when Shaun Chapas, Ronnie Tyler, and Kevin Perez all committed on the same day a few years ago or when they got Reshad Jones and Knowshon Moreno on signing day, but it is hard for me to think Georgia has had a run like the one they had from June 9 to June 30. It is hard to imagine or even remember the Bulldogs having another run like this one."

Simmons said the Dawgs' run has few rivals.

"Florida State has had some great runs in late January, early February, but hard for me to remember many like this one when talking the quantity and the quality in such a short amount of time," Simmons admitted.


Southwest DeKalb's Stripling is one player who could pick Georgia in July. Georgia's list.

That run, however could pale in comparison to what could transpire in July. Georgia fans could be salivating going into fall camp as major national recruits appear ready to make up their minds in July.

"The guy we all know is definitely deciding in July is Jakar Hamilton," Simmons said. "He is one of the top Junior College prospects, and he will be deciding between Alabama or Georgia on Saturday July 11. I feel Georgia has a good shot at Hamilton. Other local players to watch are T.J. Stripling, Mack Brown and Garrison Smith. The Dawgs are also in the hunt for out-of-staters Kasy Rodgers (TX) and Spencer Boyd (FL)."

Simmons said Georgia fans should hold on for another exciting month.

"The month of June may have come to an end on Tuesday (with the Malcome commitment), but the Dawgs are not done," he said.

PLAYERS WHO COULD COMMIT IN JULY

Player Position Stars Competition
Mack Brown Running Back **** Florida
T.J. Stripling Defensive End **** Florida
Jakar Hamilton Safety **** Alabama
Kacy Rodgers Cornerback *** ND/Ohio State
Spencer Boyd Cornerback *** ND/Mich.
Garrison Smith Defensive Tackle ***** Florida


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