Will UGA be able to flip the commitment of top Auburn recruit this weekend? (UPDATED)

Georgia's No. 1 WR, JaQuay Williams, is scheduled to visit UGA this weekend and maybe Florida the next. Williams is committed to Auburn (AJC)

Georgia's No. 1 WR, JaQuay Williams, is scheduled to visit UGA this weekend and maybe Florida the next. Williams is committed to Auburn (AJC)

UGA will take its best shot at one of Auburn’s best football recruits this weekend.

Sandy Creek High School’s JaQuay Williams, who is ranked as Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at WR by some, is scheduled to make an official visit to Georgia this weekend. Williams is part of a small group which includes another Auburn commitment, WR Ricardo Louis of Miami Beach, and two players pledged to the Bulldogs – OL John Theus of Jacksonville and Dodge County DE Leonard Floyd.

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The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Williams has been committed to Auburn since last summer.

“That’s what JaQuay told me today, that he was going for sure to Georgia this weekend,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker told the AJC on late Thursday night. “Now Florida next week? He said he didn’t know if he was going there or somewhere else.”

WR is a position of need for UGA after two former commitments at the position, Flowery Branch’s CJ Curry and Georgia Military junior college’s Lonnie Outlaw, won’t be signing with the Bulldogs. Georgia has one commitment at the position with ML King’s Blake Tibbs.

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner made a late offer to JaQuay Williams a couple of months ago and has been vigorously pursuing him ever since.

“Coach Garner came down here and explained to JaQuay what happened during the recruiting process from their side,” Walker said. “They were waiting on his grades after the first semester, they had a couple of early commits, they have the kid from MLK that they really like, and they are after a JC kid [Cordarrelle Patterson] … Georgia has come back in on JaQuay and tried to do a really good job of touching up.”

What does UGA like about JaQuay? “I think his size and his ability to make plays down the field,” Walker said. “He’s a guy that’s going to go up and make plays. He’s a physical presence on the football field. And he’s got speed. I know Malcolm Mitchell can fly. Everybody knows that. He’s something special. But JaQuay may be more explosive than the other guys they have after Malcolm Mitchell.”

Walker knows wide receivers. He coached the greatest WR ever produced by the state of Georgia. That would be NFL All-Pro Calvin Johnson, who played at Sandy Creek High School.

State's No. 1 WR Jaquay Williams is taking a peek at other schools after Auburn's staffing changes but remains committed to teh Tigers (Photo by Allyson Merrill)

State's No. 1 WR Jaquay Williams is taking a peek at other schools after Auburn's staffing changes but remains committed to the Tigers (Photo by Allyson Merrill)

“It’s not fair to compare anybody to Calvin Johnson; he was 6-4, 215 pounds, ran a 4.4 and power-cleaned 330 pounds when he was here,” Walker said. “I think from a physical standpoint, JaQuay is the second-best we’ve ever had out of all our D1 wide receivers. JaQuay is going to be a really, really, really good football player at the next level. You know who he reminds me of? Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State. He’s 6-3 or 6-2, he’s thick and muscular, and really put together. That’s JaQuay Williams.”

More than 30 colleges have stopped by Sandy Creek to check on JaQuay in the last couple of months. Just on Thursday, Missouri and TCU called to see if they could enter the sweepstakes. There have been a lot of rumors circulating about how solid his commitment was to Auburn after all the coaching changes. It appears that Auburn patched things up with Williams during his official visit last week.

“I think the visit to Auburn was really good for JaQuay and his entire family,” Walker said. “I think coach [Gene Chizik] did a good job of making sure JaQuay knew what was going on, and understanding the direction he was taking the program. I think JaQuay and his family are a lot more comfortable with everything now.”

Williams is still committed to Auburn. So why visit UGA and maybe Florida? “I think for JaQuay and his family, this is going to give them something to see besides Auburn, and to be able to compare places.”

Williams has been sensitive to the rumors, tweeting:

How [are] people saying I’m going to flip when I been screaming War Eagle since July. Hate when ppl put words in your mouth.

Auburn is first offer for Westminster's Harrison Butker (AJC)

Auburn is first offer for Westminster's Harrison Butker (AJC)

RELATED: On Thursday, Auburn was the first school to offer Westminster’s Harrison Butker, who is the state’s No. 1 kicker for the class of 2013. This past season, the 6-foot-4 Butker made 16 of 17 field goals, including a long of 51 yards. His only miss was from 59 yards. He averaged 39.5 yards per punt.

Grayson QB Nick Schuessler and OL Fred Zerblis are scheduled to visit Colorado State this weekend. The 6-4 Schuesller helped Grayson win the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification and has been compared to former UGA QB David Greene by his coach … Buford DL Dequan Clark committed to Georgia Southern … Kentucky made an in-home visit with twins committed to the Wildcats, Zack and Daron Blaylock, sons of former NBA All-Star Mooke Blaylock. Kentucky is also making a late run at Liberty County RB Shadrach Thornton and North Hall RB Imani Cross

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241 comments Add your comment

Jourdan

January 20th, 2012
6:12 am

First…Its great to be a dawg
Jaquay come to UGA so you can understand this feeling

padre

January 20th, 2012
6:29 am

go dawgs-finish strong -we need wrs

Bulldog Briscoe

January 20th, 2012
6:34 am

Jaquay: Look at the QB’s and RB’s: Georgia has Aaron Murray and the 3 top RB’s. Auburn does not. Trotter has left and Dyer is gone. All of UGA’s talent will allow you to star at WR! Georgia is squarely in position to win a national championship– Auburn and Florida are– well, not!

Tampa Gator

January 20th, 2012
6:34 am

If Williams switches to Georgia and DIggs and Agholor sign with Florida…… opps…..for Auburn.

Paddy

January 20th, 2012
6:34 am

Dawgs always seem to finish strong. No reason to doubt they won’t again this year.

Destin Dawg

January 20th, 2012
6:35 am

JaQuay come to UGA.. early playing time.. next couple years will be special for the Dawgs !! by the way we’re 6 out of the last 7 vs. Auburn.. be an In State hero.. go Dawgs !

gbal

January 20th, 2012
6:36 am

Late on the offer

Techie2

January 20th, 2012
6:37 am

I saw Coach Garner at Wendy’s and he’s a nice guy. No joke, this is what the big guy ordered …

3 1/4 Hamburgers with bacon and cheese (no onions)
2 Value sized French Fries
2 cups of chili
A large coke and a chocolate frosty
Extra ketchup

Ate it 15 minutes or less. Guess he had to get back on the road and recruit. Kinda messy, spilled some ketchup and chili on his shirt.

Dawg Bounty Hunter

January 20th, 2012
6:38 am

kids that stay in State, close to support groups, friends and family do better in school and life after sports !

Dawg on the Bayou

January 20th, 2012
6:40 am

Jaguay – you’d sure look good in red and black with a big G slapped on your helmet. Make the state of GA proud to have you represent our flagship university. We want you and need you to be in on something special happening the next few years. If those like you (great talent) stay and play, no other state’s flagship will stay afloat after the cannon smoke clears, for we can sink them all. UGA – a great university in a great state. GATA GATA GATA whip their arse!

Douglas

January 20th, 2012
6:41 am

This really seems to have become a regular pattern over the last 2-3 years: UGA recruitors waiting too late to evaluate and offer guys scholarships — it really does make a difference to them particularly in state if their home school offers them first. Garner needs to stop spending so much time at the dinner table and start moving his butt faster on these recruits.

Destin Dawg

January 20th, 2012
6:42 am

Gus Malzhan is gone… We need WR’s.. Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State Universty education, plus Big Time sports ” in a great college town, Athens, Ga. Go Dawgs !

Tampa Gator

January 20th, 2012
6:44 am

Techie2…….

You set yourself up BIG TIME with that post…..example of a future Dawg fan post:.

“You also know what he paid since, as a Tech grad, you were working the cash register.”

Tampa Gator

January 20th, 2012
6:47 am

Destin Dawg…..

Rumor is, the Publisher of Parade Magazine knew about what was going on at Penn State before Joe Pa did. Also,…..the editor is leaving for the New York Post. All the writers are considering an early entry to graduate school in “Blog World” college. No future at Parade Magazine. Everyone leaving. No talent anyway.

Stevie B

January 20th, 2012
6:50 am

I see Coach Gardner all the time at The Varsity on West Broad. He usually orders five or six chiliburgers. That dude can eat.

Destin Dawg

January 20th, 2012
6:52 am

Tampa Gator why hater ??? this is a Ga. newspaper and we all like GT and UGA.. you’re stuck with Crazy Will Muschamp !! Ha !!

Dawg Bounty Hunter

January 20th, 2012
6:53 am

Tamapa Gator the Hator… go to the Fla. newspaper !!

Dawg on the Bayou

January 20th, 2012
6:53 am

Jaquay – take a look around you and consider your friends and kin. Who do they pull for? The red on the Dawg’s uniforms runs deep like the blood in our veins. We LOVE those graduating from Georgia high schools. They are special to us, for they are one of us. Stay home and stay one of us (those with GATA DAWGS tattooed on their hearts) and be loved before, during and after college football is nothing but fond memories you can share with those you grew up with.

The elf

January 20th, 2012
6:55 am

@ Tampa Gator
I bet you still got your boy life mags.

Tampa Gator

January 20th, 2012
6:56 am

Destin Dawg….

“We all like GT” ……yeah boy!

P.S; Why do you keep posting the same Parade Magazine thing over and over again? Time for some new material, don’t you think?

slydog

January 20th, 2012
6:57 am

“…JaQuay may be more explosive than the other guys they have after Malcolm Mitchell.”

At least he didn’t make a fool out of himself by saying Jaquay was more explosive, but I can tell he wanted to….lol. Anyway, C. Patterson is the man and would be the Dawgs instant go to guy if he signed. We’ll see what happens. By Auburn not having an OC yet, J. Williams or Ricardo Louis could be flipped.

slydog

January 20th, 2012
6:59 am

Word is Rick Santorum help start Sandusky’s foundation…. No wonder he is “gaining” momentum all of a sudden. You can’t win unless they can extort you.

Dawg Bounty Hunter

January 20th, 2012
7:04 am

Muschamp is Crazy.. totally insane.. it will be a rough couple years for the Gators.. going through a coaching change at the top !

bitter air jordans for 2-fittie a pair

January 20th, 2012
7:05 am

lonnie screwed up and forgot to study—————not its your time

———————-go dawgs———————-leamay will toss you the rock

Special K

January 20th, 2012
7:12 am

destin dawg please come up with a new act. This parade thing is oldddddddddddddddddddddddd.

Old Dawg

January 20th, 2012
7:13 am

Techie 2.. Johnson at the Varsity: 4 chili cheese coneys and 2 burgers “all the way” Large fries and a large Coke ” walking “

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 20th, 2012
7:18 am

“Techie 2.. Johnson at the Varsity: 4 chili cheese coneys and 2 burgers “all the way” Large fries and a large Coke ” walking “

Funny, yeah they had to kick him out of Bobbby Dodd….he was eating all the season ticket holders allotment of 4 cokes, 4 hot dogs, 4 ticket package deals. Never gets old nerds.

RMikel58

January 20th, 2012
7:21 am

First off…….Auburn doesnt even have a QB thats known to be a Pro Style QB and has efficiency problems.
Second…… Auburn is trying to become more of a running team than passing because of the lack of leadership from their young QB.
They will have limited media coverage because they arent even at the level to compete and will take several years to get back up to that level. Auburn cant recruit players from that state because their all going to Alabama.
Ive been to both Georgia and Auburns campuses and there like night vs day. Auburn is a hole on the wall and theres nothing around there to do unless you travel to columbus.
Georgia has better access to entertainment, malls, shops and beautiful scenary. Plus they have alot more media coverage on weekends.
Aaron Murray is the top 10 QB’s in the nation this coming year and is a prolific passer……ask AJ Green.
You get better media and as they say “out of sight out of mind” going to Auburn will hurt ya more than help you to get exposure.
If youre as great as they say you are then you can step right in and be a force to reckon with. To me if i was a WR then its a no brainer………….Georgia.
Alabama and LSU are full of signee’s and Florida, Tennessee, Auburn are in their lull years of rebuilding.
S. Carolina is a primary running team with Lattimore.
Being in state and being close to your family, also playing with alot of these guys you went to highschool with helps.
Yiou hurt yourself more than you know if you decide to go to Auburn.

Coach Mustbeachump

January 20th, 2012
7:23 am

Only the Gators would hire a Dawg to coach their team!

slydog

January 20th, 2012
7:31 am

Auburn is changing their offense to better suit what Chizik wants to do: Run first, stout defensive team like Auburn teams in the past. This will help their defense in the long run. So losing Mahlzahn, well, maybe it wasn’t a loss as in a change in philosophy. (note: The Falcons and Mularky).

And if UGA fans really want Jaquay Williams, it would help to proofread and ensure you didn’t spell his name wrong, like “Jaguay.” Or were you trying to be funny?

It's About Time

January 20th, 2012
7:37 am

Do like me,when I see something wrote by someone that just spouts thrash and makes negative comments like TampaGator and Ala. idiots,just pass over it .IGNORE THEM AND THEY WILL GO AWAY.

Dap01

January 20th, 2012
7:43 am

UGA will always be late to some because they don’t simply spread out offers and then rescind them when someone commits. They don’t oversign, they honor their side of the commitment.

Mr. Williams; stay at home and be a home state hero.

tony

January 20th, 2012
7:50 am

Didn’t this young man commit to uga early on and then decommit to play @au?

GATOR NATION

January 20th, 2012
7:50 am

How would you like to be a recruit’s mother and have to FIX dinner for Rodney Garner when makes a home visit? It’s like preparing for Thanksgiving for a family of 10. I heard John Theus momma asked Coach Richt to come by himself because she didnt want to do all that Thanksgiving cooking for Coach G.

1eyedJack

January 20th, 2012
7:51 am

Jaquay, opportunity is knocking. Don’t let it pass you by.

1eyedJack

January 20th, 2012
7:52 am

1eyedJack

January 20th, 2012
7:57 am

GATOR CHOMP, the Belly Sliders have about as much chance to “win the east this year” as the GnaTs do.

WDE

January 20th, 2012
8:03 am

“Auburn patched things up with William.”

Yeah…with MONEY!!!

Did the Williams family’s church need some work to get up to code?

Wise Dawg

January 20th, 2012
8:04 am

Rodney Garner no longer has the passion or hunger that he did 5-6 years ago. They need to kick him upstairs or give him a Zaxby’s franchise. I’d like to see John Lilly as our RC.

Dap01

January 20th, 2012
8:05 am

With Cam coming off the payroll, Auburn has plenty of salary cap available.

Gorilla Biscuit

January 20th, 2012
8:14 am

Who will Nick Satan place on waivers this week. Rodney Garner, keep your eye on that waiver wire.

RedandBlackDawg

January 20th, 2012
8:14 am

Douglas,

UGA lost two commitments that were counted on for this year, so we had to get back into the hunt for this young man and a couple of others. I just don’t buy that UGA is recruiting late or wrong. They seem to come up with a good class year after year. I think in most cases, UGA does a little more research into the kid before offering him, and these kids want, for the most part to be pursued and put up on a pedestal starting their Sophomore class. Even with the two receivers lost, WR is being recruited for depth, and he would have to be darn good to see the field a whole lot this year.
UGA will end up with a top ten class this year, and that is fine with me. These kids are free to go to any college that wants them, and I am sure a lot take the flavor of the day. Good luck to them in their future ventures, but the DAWGS are going to thrive and survive pretty nicely.

GO DAWGS and GATA

tony

January 20th, 2012
8:16 am

1eyedJack, who was that 4 star wr who commited to uga and later decommited?

Has McGarity decline to extend Mark Richt’s contract because he refuse to hire a better oc? They sure ain’t in a hurry to do so since the recruiting process ends in about 2 moreweeks.

tiger7_88

January 20th, 2012
8:16 am

Love all the pups in here that are “in the know” insiders about what Gene Chizik will be doing with the Auburn offense next year. LOLOLOLOL! Y’all oughta start an Auburn newsletter and make big money since y’all know so much about the Auburn program.

DIT

January 20th, 2012
8:19 am

Rumor has it that JaQuay is very strong with Auburn. I would hope that the UGA recruiters are putting this much effort into signing some big Juco O-Linemen or we will be the same team we were this past year. Win 10 games, but lose the big ones.

1eyedJack

January 20th, 2012
8:22 am

tony, I’ve forgotten his name, but he flipped to Okie ST.

WDE

January 20th, 2012
8:25 am

It was Curry that flipped–right?

1eyedJack

January 20th, 2012
8:26 am

tony, it was C.J. Curry and he’s a three-star.

tony

January 20th, 2012
8:28 am

Thanks for the info 1eyedJack.

Dekalb Fan

January 20th, 2012
8:31 am

The kid is very talented but has an attitude. He tweeted that he was gonna do Brandon Smith next year while visiting UGA vs Auburn game.