Top talent expected in Athens

Georgia will host South Carolina Saturday night and many top recruits will be there. Find out what commitments, what 2010 targets, what juniors with offers, and what top talent will be there right here.

Athens will be where a lot of top prospects are this weekend. Georgia opens SEC play against South Carolina and a lot of top juniors and seniors plan to be there.

One Official Visitor

There is only one scheduled official visitor and he is one of the top linebackers in the country. Khairi Fortt is out of Stamford (CT) and he has Georgia high on his list with Penn State and North Carolina.

The 6-foot-2.5, 220 pound linebacker talked with Scout on Thursday and you can read it HERE as he talks about Georgia, why he is visiting UGA officially, and more.

This is his only official visit set at this time and he plans to make his decision by the end of September. This visit is not only crucial for Fortt, but crucial for Georgia if they want to land this national recruit.

Multiple Future Dawgs

Alec Ogletree, T.J. Stripling, Ken Malcome, Kolton Houston, Michael Bennett, Brandon Burrows, Brent Benedict, and Dexter Morant are some of the Bulldog commitments that plan to be in Athens Saturday.

A number of others have said they may be there like Da'Rick Rogers and Derek Owens, but the eight above are definites.

They all plan to be there for the Dawgwalk, see what the atmosphere is like, and get a taste of what it is like being on the grass inside Sanford Stadium during pregame.

Top 2010 Defensive Targets

Michael Thornton is one of the top remaining targets for Georgia and he plans to be in Athens for the South Carolina game. The 6-foot-2, 280 pound defensive tackle out of Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson high interest in both Georgia and Auburn. He wants to make his decision during the middle of the season, but he has not named an official leader or even top five yet. This will be his third visit to Georgia since the summer.

John Fulton is a teammate of Georgia commitment Dexter Morant. The Manning (S.C.) corner is one of the top defensive backs in the country. He has had Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina on top of his list at different times throughout the process. Recently Georgia has been as low as fourth on the 6-foot, 175 pound corner's list. This visit is Georgia's time to make an impression on Fulton. He has stated that it would be nice to attend the same school as Morant, but Georgia is fighting against the Gamecocks, Crimson Tide, and Florida Gators.

A Surprise Visitor

Who would have thought the number one running back in the country would be visiting Georgia this weekend? Not many, if any.

The 6-foot, 212 pound five-star back out of Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes plans to travel down to Athens with his teammate Torian Richardson. Marcus Lattimore surprisingly eliminated Georgia months ago when he then trimmed his list to eight. He then cut his list to five over the summer saying the list was final. Auburn, North Carolina, Oregon, Penn State, and South Carolina were the schools on that list.

When asked this week if he was visiting Georgia to see South Carolina or because he still had interest in Georgia, Lattimore said, "both."

The Dawgs still are definitely on the outside looking in for the premier back in the country, but they are still recruiting him. Things can change at any time when you get a recruit on your home campus and the Dawgs are likely hoping they can re-enter the race after this weekend for Lattimore.

Underclassmen With Offers

Georgia has identified a number of juniors that they would love to sign in the class of 2011. Some are inside the state of Georgia and some in surrounding states. They have some of the best in the South planning to watch them play live this weekend.

Two early wide receiver targets out of the Peach State with early offers from the Dawgs plan to be there. Christian Conley is a 6-foot-2, 179 pounder out of North Paulding. He was offered by UGA in June after his strong camp performance. Mitchell County athlete Justin Scott will also be in Athens. He is a 5-foot-11, 185 pound speedster out of South Georgia. He was offered in early June at Georgia's 7on7 tournament.

Those two are very talented, but the highest rated junior receiver expected on Saturday is Charone Peake. He is a 6-foot-3, 170 pound playmaker out of Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman. He has a long list of offers, but Georgia is up on top of his list with Clemson. The Dawgs invited him to a Junior Day earlier this year even though he was a sophomore and that is when they offered him a scholarship. He has drawn early comparisons to UGA phenom A.J. Green.

Two other highly touted Palmetto State underclassmen will be in the crowd this weekend. Jadaveon Clowney (2011 DL Gerald Dixon will come with him) was named the top junior in South Carolina by Southeast Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons a few weeks ago and he picked up an offer from UGA on September 1. He is a 6-foot-5, 235 pound rush end out of Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe. He is about unblockable and this will be his first visit to Athens.

Shaq Anthony is an offensive lineman that really impressed Stacy Searels over the summer. Camps are very important to the Georgia coaches and Anthony made the most of his time under the UGA offensive line coach. The 6-foot-5, 265 pound tackle out of Piedmont (S.C.) Wren earned a verbal offer and then he picked up a written offer from Georgia the first week of September.

One of North Carolina's best will be back in Athens as well. Like a number of guys in this feature, Christian LeMay camped at Georgia and picked up an offer before leaving. LeMay will be one of the top quarterbacks in the country in 2011 and he will watch his first game inside Sanford Stadium on Saturday night. The 6-foot-3, 187 pound signal caller is out of Butler High School in Matthews and he has offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Michigan, and Virginia Tech.

Carver and Georgia are Back in Business

Carver Head Coach Dell McGee was unhappy with what happened between Georgia and his quarterback Devin Burn back in July. There was a mix up in communication between the 2010 recruit and the Bulldogs so Coach McGee took a stand and cut UGA off from recruits at his school.

Mark Richt immediately talked with McGee as did John Lilly and Rodney Garner. The two parties have worked things out and the Dawgs back at work inside one of the top high schools in their home state.

It is a good things too because two of the top juniors in the country go there and both hope to be in Athens this weekend. Isaiah Crowell and Gabe Wright list Georgia as their top school and both are set to take the ACT Saturday morning after a big game against Northside Warner Robins Friday night.

Both say they still hope to be in Athens for the South Carolina game, but they were unsure if they could get there as of Saturday night.

Wright is a 6-foot-2, 270 pound defensive tackle and Crowell is a 6-foot, 202 pound running back. Both have over 20 scholarships offers from schools coast to coast. Wright lists Auburn and Florida State up there with Georgia and Crowell lists Clemson and Florida.

Juniors on the Georgia Radar

Many more offers will go out for the class of 2011 and a number of prospects that are close to pulling in offers will be there this weekend.

One that will likely pick up an offer at some point this fall is defensive tackle Jonathan Battle. He is from the small town of Americus in South Georgia and he is a beast up front. Battle is a 6-foot-1, 280 pound DL with great feet and punch. He really impressed Rodney Garner over the summer at one of Georgia's camps.

Three more defensive linemen that the Dawgs are very much involved with that will be in Athens are Stephon Tuitt, Xzavier Dickson, and Phillip Dukes.

Tuitt is a 6-foot-5, 250 pound lineman from right outside of Athens in Monroe. He is a very athletic lineman that could end up at end, defensive tackle, or offensive tackle on the next level. Georgia was one of the first schools to start recruiting him and his first offer should not be too far away. Dickson has already picked up offers from Alabama and Auburn. The Griffin native was named one of the top defensive lineman at the Atlanta Scout Combine back in April. He is a 6-foot-4, 240 pound defensive end. Dukes plays at Manning in South Carolina with Dexter Morant and John Fulton. On film, he is clearly the top prospect. The 6-foot-2, 275 pound defensive lineman plays with a lot of energy, power, and toughness. He has offers from Duke, South Carolina, and Stanford.

The biggest prospect in Athens this weekend will likely be junior offensive tackle Watts Dantzler. The Dalton Catamount is a 6-foot-8, 290 pound junior and he has an impressive offer list already. Auburn, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford, and Tennessee are a few that have made Dantzler a target. He has high interest in UGA and if the Dawgs offer then they will be tough to beat.

Dantzler has family connections to Georgia as do Tyler Hunter and Josh Clemons. Like Dantzler, Hunter and Clemons will be in Athens. Hunter is an athlete out of Lowndes that will like play safety or linebacker on the next level and Clemons is a pure running back. Hunter is the son of the late Brice Hunter and Clemons is the son of Charlie Clemons.

Other talented juniors expected in Athens out of the Peach State are Kyle Harris, Edward Muldrow, Matt Kiefer, Tanner Botts, Tyler Botts, David Andrews, Thomas O'Reilly, Alex Chisum (picked up offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State this week), and Demtrius Alston.


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