We’ve been a couple of weeks without a Mailbag, so I decided to reach in and grab a few questions and see what we had. There were some old questions in there and a lot of repeats. So we need to get current. Be sure to drop a line to AJCrecruiting@yahoo.com and we’ll see if we can keep this feature rolling for a few weeks in a row.
Now on to your mail. . . .
Don4654 asks: Do you think Bama will get any Georgia players to commit besides (Cook linebacker) Shannon Brown?
Chip: Yes, I suspect Bama will get a couple or few more Georgians, including the two Xzaviers, DE Xzavier Dickson of Griffin and OT Xzavier Ward of Colquitt County. The Crimson Tide is also battling for RB Isaiah Crowell, RB Quan Bray, CB Damian Swann and DT Gabe Wright, among others.
Rhall55 asks: Is not Kris Frost from the same high school that UGA recruit Christian LeMay attended? If so, why was he not heavily recruited by UGA? This seems to be a trend of UGA to back off on potential recruits, i.e. A.J. Johnson of Gainesville and Shannon Brown of Cook County?
Chip: Kris Frost does indeed play for Butler High in Matthews, N.C. He’s a standout at both linebacker and tight end/receiver and has earned a four-star rating as an “athlete.” And Georgia certainly is aware of him. But for whatever reason the Bulldogs have chosen not to offer. Their problem, presumably, is Frost is somewhat of “tweener” in college. Not really big enough to play tight end or linebacker and maybe not quick enough to play in the secondary. Nevertheless, Auburn, Cal, FSU, Michigan, North Carolina and Southern Cal are all supposed to get visits. So there are plenty of takers out there.
As for the Bulldogs’ selectivity, it’s hard to ever know exactly what they’re thinking. Sometimes academics and other such things are deterrents, sometimes it’s bigger needs or lack thereof and sometimes their evaluations are just different from scouts and analysts. The reality is that the pool is so deep between in-state talent and regional reach, UGA can afford to be very selective.
Bradley asks: Chip, I was on Facebook the other day and I noticed that a high school friend of mine, who plays for Florida, has recently become Facebook friends with WR Sammy Watkins. Is this a sign that he’ll be a Gator or just a coincidence?
Chip: It’s a sign you need to find some new friends. Kidding. . . . No, the last I saw on Watkins, a five-star receiver from Fort Myers, Fla., somebody had Miami and Clemson leading for his services. It would be a mega-coup for Clemson to also land Watkins, having already secured the commitment of five-star WR Charone Peake of Spartanburg. Actually, there has been very little information out on Watkins since the season began. But you certainly can’t count out the Gators on a prospect like that.
GTbaby asks: Who do you think is next to commit to Georgia Tech? Are Blake Countess and Stephon Tuitt still GT leans?
Chip: Tuitt, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end, claims that his top five right now — Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Notre Dame — are all even. But the Yellow Jackets are generally believed to have a considerable lead and I tend reside in that camp. But he definitely plans to take his visits and anything can happen when teams get you on campus. He’s in South Bend, Ind., this weekend taking in Michigan at Notre Dame so we’ll check in with him after that and see again how he feels.
As for Countess, it’s hard to tell what this 5-10, 175-pound athlete from Maryland is going to do. He plans to take all his official visits but not until after the season is over. So he’s going to be a late decision.