UGA will have its biggest Junior Day of the winter on Saturday, and Mark Richt says the Bulldogs are recruiting earlier than ever.
“Yes, we’re recruiting earlier this year,” Richt told the AJC. “I think we’re doing a very good job of getting the film evaluated and making decisions. You’ve got to. You’ve got to do that, and we’re making sure we’re taking care of business that way.”
UGA’s Junior Day on Saturday has been dubbed “V.I.D.” day for “Very Important Dawg.” We forgot to ask Richt who came up with the nickname. Junior days are designated days to invite top high school juniors to make an unofficial visit to your campus with the hopes of getting a few of them to commit while they’re there.
Some of the top UGA targets scheduled to attend V.I.D. are Buford OL Josh Cardiello, Carver-Atlanta OL Delando Crooks, Tri-Cities OL Jeremi Hall, Jackson DT Jay Woods, Kell DB Brendan Langley, Dooly County DT Montravius Adams, and probably Mill Creek DT Kelsey Giffin. (ML King OL Josh Outlaw will visit Friday)
UGA has seven commits for 2013, and among those expected on Saturday’s V.I.D. are team’s newest recruit (Northgate NG “Moose Johnson), Yulee (Fla.) RB Derrick Henry, Camden County QB Brice Ramsey, Newnan S Tray Matthews and Sandy Creek DB Shaq Wiggins.
The state of Georgia produces around 175-185 D1 football signees on an annual basis. Out-of-state schools such as Alabama and South Carolina are making concentrated efforts to raid Georgia, and try to gain an advantage by offering in-state kids scholarships long before UGA and Georgia Tech. It has put a lot of pressure on the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets.
“There are a lot of people hitting Georgia, probably harder than ever,” Richt said. “It sure seems a lot more than when I first got to UGA. Unfortunately, I think one of the best-kept secrets is out. There are great players in this state and people know it. Not only is it the usual suspects, the schools that basically are touching the state of Georgia, but now you have people from up North and the West coast. There’s a lot of interest from everywhere. There’s recruiters from Texas A&M and Missouri all over Georgia, too. There’s just more colleges coming to Georgia.”
UGA fans have high expectations for Saturday’s V.I.D. day after the gigantic successes of rival SEC schools. For example, Florida landed six commitments on its heralded Junior Day a couple of weeks ago.
Now it’s YOUR turn: What are your predictions for V.I.D.? How many prospects do you think will commit? What is the most important position for UGA to get a commitment at?
UGA commits for 2013
NOTES: Stone Mountain senior DL Micah “Snacks” Anderson (6-4, 350) has committed to Central Florida, according to Pirates assistant Jatavis Sanders. Stone Mountain ATH Fred Scott signed with Johnson C. Smith, while WR Tamarick Johnson (defending state champion in the 200 and 400 meters) signed with Jackson State … Camden County junior OL JP Vonashek (6-6, 255) got his first offer on Thursday night from North Carolina, while Ole Miss could be next.
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