I’ve been working the phones and scouring the Internet all day to come up with as good a list as I can for UGA’s Junior Day this weekend.
Keep in mind, you’re never going to get a comprehensive list for something like this. Only Georgia knows who is supposed to come — even they can never be sure who will actually show up — and they couldn’t release names if they wanted to as it is a recruiting event. But best I can tell there will be about 30 or so rising high school seniors in Athens for the one-day football clinic.
And, again, it’s an impressive group.
I posted a preliminary list yesterday but there were several notable names I didn’t know about. Among the most glaring omissions were: QB Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C.; WR Chris Conley of North Paulding; WR Charone Peak of Roebuck, S.C.; and OL Watts Dantzler of Dalton.
First, a little about some prospects that won’t be there:
As for the ones that will be there, expect LeMay to get a lot of attention. He may be the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country before it’s all said and done. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete competed 72 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards with 44 TDs and only two interceptions in leading Butler High to the state championship as a junior last season.
“He’s got offers from everybody in the country, more than I can count,” Butler coach Mike Newsome said. “But the University of Georgia is high on his list. They’ve been on him the whole time and, being the caliber of program it is and playing the NFL-style offensive system that they do he’s very interested in them.”
Conley, another top 10 prospect in the state, will actually be attending his second junior day with the Bulldogs. He went to the first one on Jan. 30.
Conley has become a hot commodity of late, drawing nine offers so far, including the most recent one from Alabama. But Georgia was on him early and actually tendered the first offer last summer. Conley’s criteria for choosing a school sounds favorable for the Bulldogs as well.
“My criteria is a school that puts faith first, a place where I can grow in my faith in Christ and as a person,” Conley said Friday. “I’m looking for a place that has a sense of family and accepts me along with my family.”
Of course, another one of UGA’s priorities will be the Carver-Columbus duo of RB Isaiah Crowell and DT Gabe Wright. And there are many other “elite prospects” at the invitation-only event.
Special thanks to Kipp Adams of UGASports.com for several of these names. Anyway, here’s the non-comprehensive, best-I-can-do-for-now list: