UGA had its biggest Junior Day of the year with Saturday’s V.I.D. or “Very Important Dawg” junior day.
How did V.I.D. go for UGA? I guess it depends on how you look at it.
UGA had a good turnout of top high school juniors, and they collectively seemed to have a good time, according to multiple reports (we’ll have more details and stories later this week).
However, much to everybody’s surprise, UGA did not pick up any commitments this weekend.
So was V.I.D. a success or failure? Again, it depends on how you look at it.
There were high expectations for UGA's V.I.D. junior day. Maybe too high? Despite no new commits, UGA is still well ahead of last year's recruiting pace (AP)
- Success: The good news was that UGA had nice turnout, especially considering the tornado-like weather conditions and that several competing colleges such as Clemson and Tennessee were also having junior events. There were current UGA commits in attendance, including RB Derrick Henry, S Tray Matthews, QB Brice Ramsey and DB Shaq Wiggins, along with top UGA targets such as DT Montravius Adams, RB Alvin Kamara, WR Tramel Terry, DE Kelsey Griffin, DB Brendan Langley and a boatload of offensive linemen. “I think obviously Georgia wanted to get some commits this weekend but in talking with the guys that visited it sounded like it went well,” said Rusty Mansell of 247Sports. “Getting Alvin Kamara and Tramel Terry back there for the second weekend in a row had to be positive. You’re talking about the No. 1 player out of South Carolina with Tramel and a top 100 guy for us with Alvin.”
- Failure: After the success of Florida (six commitments on its Junior Day) and other SEC schools, there were high expectations for V.I.D. There were rumors, hints and predictions of impending UGA commitments on Twitter, fan blogs and message boards. It never happened. I didn’t make any public predictions but I was guessing around two – probably a WR or DB and at least one offensive lineman. There were a lot of rumors involving Kell DB Brendan Langley, who has UGA and Alabama as his co-leaders. Yes, he was at V.I.D. and had a good time but did not commit. “I heard rumors, too, but that was all made up,” Langley told the AJC on Sunday night with a laugh. “People said I was about to pull the trigger but I never thought about it or had any intent … I’m just not ready.” When asked if he thought any fellow recruit was going to commit at V.I.D., Langley replied, “Going into it, I wasn’t paying attention. After I left, I thought Alvin Kamara might commit. I know Alvin spent a lot of time with Coach [Mark Richt]. I mean, a lot of time. But he didn’t [commit].”
Now it’s YOUR TURN: What do you think? Was V.I.D. a success or failure? Why or why not?
One final note: UGA had seven commitments for its 2013 college football recruiting class by the end of February after JC DB Steven Nelson pledged to the Bulldogs. Last year, UGA didn’t pick up commitment No. 7 until June 2012, according to ESPN’s Kipp Adams. Compared to last year (also when UGA was dealing with Richt “hotseat” rumors), the Bulldogs are around four months ahead of schedule.
“There’s a long ways to go,” Mansell said. “Georgia has started off well, and they will probably get one more commitment in the next month or two. So they should be a third of the way finished with 2013 by May 1.”
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