UGA visitors impressed with victory over Auburn
It can be a bit of a dice roll when you put as much stock in one recruiting weekend as Georgia did when it played host to Auburn.
The Bulldogs had around 100 prospects on campus for the game, including some of their most coveted remaining targets. And it must have been quite uncomfortable for all involved when Georgia quickly fell behind 14-0. But the Dogs rallied then held on at the end for a resounding 31-24 victory. The win touched off quite a celebration in Athens and left a favorable impression on the prospects that came to see it.
I was unable to make but a couple of calls on Sunday due to a previous family commitment and haven’t heard back from any of the prospects yet. But I’ll be following up all week to get reaction from key recruits. In the meantime, here’s some links to the few reports out there as of Monday morning:
- An official visit from linebacker Deon Rogers of Port St. Lucie, Fla., reinforced his commitment to the Bulldogs, according to UGASports.com. But he still plans on taking an official visit to LSU. “Of course [the Bulldogs] are number one right now on my list,” Rogers told UGASports’ Kipp Adams. “I told the Georgia coaches they do not have to worry too much about where they stand.” Rogers said he worked hard on teammate Jeff Luc, the No. 1-ranked middle linebacker in the country, who made the trip with him. Rogers said they both enjoyed the visit very much but nobody has been able to track down Luc yet. . . .
- Telvin Smith is a senior linebacker at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta and a Florida State commitment. He was in attendance and came away impressed. Now he says he’ll come back to Athens on an official visit later. “I am still committed to Florida State, but I am going to take an official visit to Georgia after the season is over,” Smith told Chad Simmons of Scout.com (sunscription required). “I talked to them about it, they know I am interested, and I feel they are very interested in me. The atmosphere there is great and I am going back for sure.”
- Simmons also tracked down Jeff Whitaker, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive lineman from Warner Robins and a surprise visitor for the Bulldogs. Whitaker previously had not had Georgia high on his list but, after an unofficial visit Saturday, indicated the Bulldogs are now among his favorites. “This visit definitely helped them, especially meeting with the coaches face to face,” Whitaker told Simmons.
- Another official visitor was wide receiver Kenny Shaw of Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Like I said, I’ll have more information throughout the day and the week and will share it as soon as I get it.