Athens — Went to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game at Sanford Stadium Saturday night. It was a wild one, as usual, but I didn’t go to see the game as much as I did the recruits.
As everybody knows it is a huge recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs. Dozens of prospects were expected and it looked like they all showed up. You’re not permitted to interview or take pictures of prospective student-athletes (that’s what the schools call them) while they are on a recruiting visit, so I can’t provide any keen insights. But I can give you a quick rundown of what I saw.
(1) As I tweeted early this evening, Georgia’s No. 1 recruiting target was in the house. Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell, accompanied by several teammates and family, was decked out head to toe in Bulldogs’ gear. Of course, he famously (or infamously) wore an Alabama cap to the Auburn-Georgia game a couple of weeks ago at Auburn. This time he had on a beige Georgia cap turned backward over his dreads, a red Georgia pullover and red, black and white tennis shoes. I couldn’t take a pic so I just figured I’d describe it for you.
(2) Crowell was one of at least five AJC Super 11 members at Sanford Stadium Saturday night. Also there were Grady DB Damian Swann, North Paulding WR Chris Conley, Griffin DE/OLB Xzavier Dickson and Valdosta TE Jay Rome was there but didn’t see him either. I didn’t see Wilcox County QB/DB Nick Marshall, though one recruit told me he thought was there. Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew passed up the visit, as I reported he would earlier in the week.
(3) Somebody who was here that I didn’t expect to see was former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger, of course, was dismissed by the Bulldogs last spring after an arrest. He’s starring right now for Butler Community College in Kansas, the No. 1-ranked junior college team in America. But he apparently not being re-recruited by UGA, according to UGA commitment Watts Dantzler, who was standing on the Georgia sideline with Mettenberger before the game. “Hahaha, no,” Dantzler said via text message. “He just came to hang out with us.”
(4) I didn’t see him myself or talk to him myself but Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.com said 2012 QB Greyson Lambert of Wayne County received a scholarship offer Saturday. He was already holding offers from Alabama and Clemson. I’ll try to catch up with Lambert this week.
(5) Again, there were way too many prospects on hand to compile a comprehensive list. But here is a collection of recruits I was able to ID:
Wadesboro, N.C., LB Stephone Anthony (2011), Tampa-Jefferson LB Ramik Wilson (2011), Grady RB Marcus Caffey (2011), Eagles Landing Christian DB Avery Walls (2011), East Paulding OL Taylor Gadbois (2011), Americus Sumter OL Uneik Crumbley (2011), Elbert RB Valdon Cooper (2011), Lovejoy OL Lamont Hardy (2011), North Gwinnett LB Brandon McGowan (2011), Troup LB Reuben Foster (2011), Carver-Columbus DB Deion Bonner (2012), North Hall WR C.J. Curry (2012 commit), Peachtree Ridge OL Alex Jauregui (2012), Jenkins County OL/DL Jonathan Taylor (2012), Jenkins County WR Lavontay Evans (2012), North Florida Christian DB Travis Blanks (2012), Lanier County DE Junior Gnonkonde (2012); Hampton, S.C., RB Dondre Brown (2012); Buford TE/LB Dillon Lee (2012), Carrollton TE/DE Zach Gordon (2012), Union Grove DB D.J. White (2012), Wilkinson County TE Alvin Dupree (2012) and Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche (2013).
That doesn’t count 2011 commitments, most of whom were there. And, like I said, those are just recruits that I saw as I passed through the field on my way to the pressbox. So don’t freak out if I didn’t mention somebody who was supposed to be there. Feel free to let me and everybody know who you saw or read about elsewhere.