Some of the top college football prospects from the state and the Southeast region are scheduled to participate or attend the camp.
UGA, which already has 10 commitments for its 2012 class, will be trying to add a couple of more over the weekend. Last year’s “Dawg Night” produced commitments from two offensive line prospects from Florida, Zach DeBell and Nathan Theus. At this year’s event, the most celebrated guest will be Theus’ older brother, John Theus, a 5-star OL recruit from Jacksonville, Fla. The younger Theus recently named Florida, UGA, and Texas as his finalists.
One of the top homegrown products expected to attend will be Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Jenkins has been clocked at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has a vertical jump of 39.5 inches, can power clean nearly 400 pounds, and has around a 86-inch wingspan. He has narrowed down to six schools — Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, UGA, Florida and Tennessee.
Here are three questions with UGASports/Rivals.com’s Kipp Adams about Friday’s festivity:
1. What are realistic expectations for UGA from Dawg Night?
“The Dawg Night camp is designed to not only evaluate prospective student athletes for scholarship offers, but also to promote and sell their program to targets already high on their board. Since Georgia started it a few years ago, it has emerged as one of, if not the top summer prospect showcase in the entire country. Friday Night Lights may get the publicity as it was the one that started it all, but Dawg Night has grown to become right there in terms of talent. As far as expectations go, you can never predict what will happen in terms of commitments, but a few are possible. They have a good mix of 2012 and 2013 talent coming to Athens so they will try and find some new guys that can help them win games over the next couple of years.”
2. What is UGA’s biggest need right now for its 2012 class?
“There is no doubt that offensive line is the No. 1 need for the Bulldogs in 2012. They will have their top target on campus in 5-star offensive tackle John Theus, and he may or may not be close to making his decision. Georgia and Florida are seen as the frontrunners, with a possible visit to Texas looming in the coming weeks. One of the keys to UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense is having pass rushers at outside linebacker, and Jordan Jenkins and Kenderius Whitehead of Monroe Area are among the best in the Southeast. They are also lacking in defensive backs in this class, and will be evaluating a few prospects like Will Redmond of Memphis (Tenn) and Roshaun Milline of Baldwin High School.”
3. It will be a good “Dawg Night” if … ?
“It will be a good Dawg Night if they make a big push for elite linebackers (Jenkins, Whitehead, 2013 LB Reuben Foster of Troup County) , John Theus continues to connect with new UGA OL coach Will Friend, and they make a solid impression on the 2013 trio of Camden County QB Brice Ramsey, Yulee (Fla.) RB Derrick Henry, and Goose Creek (S.C.) WR/DB Tramel Terry. The three have become close friends, and will push for top prospect status in their respective states.”
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