UGA prepares to raid Auburn’s recruits in Georgia after Chizik’s firing

Auburn lost one of its top Georgia recruits after Sunday’s firing of coach Gene Chizik.

And the Tigers may lose some more:

5-star LB Reuben Foster did not flip from Auburn to UGA over the weekend, as some expected. Will he still do it? (AJC)

5-star LB Reuben Foster did not flip from Auburn to UGA over the weekend, as some expected. Will he still do it? (AJC)

  • WR Ja’Quay Williams: He de-committed from Auburn on Sunday night after returning from his official visit to UGA over the weekend. The Bulldogs are now considered the frontrunner for Williams, who is also looking at Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and maybe Auburn again. Williams was the state’s No. 1 prospect at WR last year out of Sandy Creek High School and signed with Auburn after almost flipping to UGA at the last minute. However, Williams is a free agent again after not meeting NCAA entrance requirements. He is spending this fall at a prep school and hopes to enroll at a four-year college in January. CLICK HERE
  • LB Reuben Foster: If UGA could have a draft for Auburn recruits, Foster would be the No. 1 pick. Foster was rumored to be possibily switching his commitment from Auburn to UGA over the weekend after making an unofficial visit to see the Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech. He visited with his best buddy Tray Matthews, the Newnan High School DB who is committed to UGA. However, Foster had yet to de-commit on late Sunday night. He may be waiting to see if Auburn retains his favorite assistant, famed recruiter Trooper Taylor. There’s going to be lots of drama left with the former Troup High School star.
  • DE Carl Lawson: Either Lawson is taking the firing of Chizik really hard or he just wants to keep a low profile while he figures things out. We’d bet on the latter. But it’s going to be hard for the Milton High School defensive end who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN. On Sunday, Lawson declined to comment on the status of his commitment to Auburn to reporters. On the day before, Lawson made an unofficial visit to Clemson, which has suddenly emerged as a serious contender. Lawson grew up a fan of UGA, but had already been committed to Auburn for two months before the Bulldogs showed any serious interest last spring. Lawson will take an official visit to Auburn and possibly Clemson and Ole Miss, reported AuburnSports.com’s Justin Hokanson. Lawson’s Milton teammate and good friend, RB Peyton Barber, is committed to Ole Miss.
  • LB Trey Johnson: Georgia’s best linebacker not named Reuben Foster is still officially committed to Auburn but visiting other colleges as if he is not. Johnson took a recruiting trip to Ohio State this weekend. “He had a great time, and he loved every bit of it,” Central Gwinnett High School coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “With Auburn, he is kind of letting everybody know he doesn’t want to talk about (the firing). He’s going to step back and see what they do over there. He’s taking all of his visits. Then he’s going to make the best decision after all of his visits.” Johnson’s next trips are to USC and Florida, along with probably Penn State.
  • TE AJ Jackson: The 6-foot-6 senior from Lovejoy High School took an unofficial visit to Florida State over the weekend. “Right now, I’m still committed to Auburn,” Jackson told the AJC. “I want to take my time because, you know, it’s a pretty big decision in my life. I want to talk to my family about it, and my mom. I want to see who the new coach is that comes in.” FSU is the top contender for Jackson. “They’re still on top right now,” he said. “If anything ever happens (with Auburn), if I ever change my mind, I’m going to Florida State. I had a good time down there this weekend.” Ole Miss and Mississippi State are also in the running for Jackson.

Auburn’s other recruits from the state are Camden County High School LB Jarrad Davis and Harrison High School punter Jimmy Hutchinson.

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94 comments Add your comment

ryno23

November 25th, 2012
8:46 pm

mvdawg

November 25th, 2012
8:47 pm

FIRST DUDE

November 25th, 2012
8:47 pm

Oh Yea baby!!!

Not really FIRST DUDE

November 25th, 2012
8:48 pm

sandman

November 25th, 2012
8:48 pm

How does the math work?

ryno23

November 25th, 2012
8:48 pm

Rueben Foster’s highlight reel reminds one of Ray Lewis…would love to see in Athens…can’t figure out why it took so long to offer Carl Lawson…and he grew up a Dawg fan ?!?! Anyway, still control our destiny…roll the tide and we’re in !!!

Pj

November 25th, 2012
8:49 pm

All is fair in recruiting. This is what would have happened had richt haters gotten their wish. Instead – we are one win away from a national title game.

Plunge

November 25th, 2012
9:16 pm

Georgia already has 30 commits. Everybody is saying that they have Kamara, Tunsil, Crowder, Johnson and Adams. That is 35 commits. Now you are predicting 5 more players. How in the world can Georgia sign 40 players (when code says they can sign 25 plus the few back counts).

Also Trey Johnson doesn’t even have a scholarship offer.

QB

November 25th, 2012
9:20 pm

I am sure some of the committed players are EE and will count towards last years class numbers and some juniors will leave which will open up a couple of extra ships.

when JU iota bolt, that will open up more

November 25th, 2012
9:32 pm

Ogletree, JJ and possibly Murray,etc leave, then that will open up more spots and ultimately, UGA might land 40 kids. Already, UGA has about 35 openings, so if four juniors leave, then that means 39 or 40 can sign on.

UGA only has about 71 bodies on the squad and the NCAA allows around 85. Graduation,flunk outs and departures tom the NFL, allow the high number of recruits.

42-10

November 25th, 2012
9:34 pm

suck it nerds

hind tit

November 25th, 2012
9:43 pm

Some of these kid’s have backed of with their pledge and have reopened their recruitment for various reasons which puts them in a position to loose the offer. Don’t commit if your going to back off your pledge which could cause a team to pull the offer which is nothing but fair. It’s coming down to the time for teams to get their ducks in a row. It’s no time for the kids to play games with their future.

Disgusted

November 25th, 2012
9:55 pm

Business is business, if we were not doing it other schools will.

Its dirty pool, but there is nothing wrong with it. Tough luck for Auburn.

If the shoe was on the other foot no one would be feeling sorry for us.

Disgusted

November 25th, 2012
9:59 pm

Remember that these kids pleged to Gene Chizik and his system — now he is fired and the new coach might want a different athlete.

If the Auburn pledges back out all is fair — they do not know the new coach.

In essence, its the coaches who recruit the kids that they pledge to — not necessarily the school.

OkieDawg

November 25th, 2012
10:04 pm

UGA has 30 commits. Do they have room for these guys? I know we have plenty of room with last years skinny class and now early enrollments, but is this class almost full ? How about Tunsill and Montravious? I’m afraid we took several kids that may block our numbers. Did we again compromise the O-line?

Jon

November 25th, 2012
10:11 pm

What is the official count on the scholarship situation including early enrollees?

Vampire Bill

November 25th, 2012
10:14 pm

Not to bash anyone or anything but both these fine young men chose Auburn. I only want them in Athens if their hearts are true to be DGD’s Take a month and think it over.

OkieDawg

November 25th, 2012
10:17 pm

Uh yeah, Auburn is going to keep Trooper Taylor. Now is he the guy that is confined to campus by AU? Why can’t he leave campus to recruit? Maybe it is because he is over 30 and doesn’t know where the cap bill goes. Please, Nick Fairley, come save Trooper…he saved you!

TIDE ROLL

November 25th, 2012
10:24 pm

Hell, after pounding Tech, raid them for Tri Cities offensive linemen Shamire Devine and Jeremi Hall. What the hell is wrong with Richt? The guy has an aversion to huge, athletic, offensive linemen.You better watch out for Muschamp and Florida. As is they didn’t have enough going for them, y’all stand idly by while they go get in-state studs, OG Max Garcia, OT Trenton Brown, and probably the most athletic offensive guard in the State, Colquitt’s Octavious Jackson. Damn Richt, GET A CLUE!

Troup Co. Dawg

November 25th, 2012
10:24 pm

Blowing hot air again and still a day late and a dollar short!

DK

November 25th, 2012
10:26 pm

Georgia already has 30 commitments isnt there a limit on players you can take?

Just Saying

November 25th, 2012
10:33 pm

Dawgs will be fine. Not all players are a fit for every program, schemes dictate type of player. Lawson’s Dad played at GT, surprised to read he’s a long time Georgia fan. Word is he’s a workout performer, looks good in shorts in camps but disappears when the pads go on, not a fit for the 3-4. Wasn’t offered by Ala. Question ought to be “where is Fish Fry and the GT staff?”. After what I saw first hand in Athens, GT has very few D-1 talents on either side of the ball, where is GT when it comes to recruiting the son of a letterman?

Trey Johnson doesn’t have an offer from Georgia. He could sign with the Ohio St or Fla.

As for how many can Georgia sign, there will be NFL exits, probably going to be a few transfers, could be a medical disability, one player (Faloughi) with eligibility already announced he won’t return, may also be some commitments who have a change of mind. Best guess is 32-35 with up to 12 enrolling in Jan.

Grantham's The Man!

November 25th, 2012
10:35 pm

GATA, TCB!

Time to Roll The Tide! Then show Notre Dame what Big Boy SEC football is all about.
Put that crystal football with Herschal’s Heisman, and the 1980 National championship trophy.

And then top it all off with a few more top recruites. Go Dawgs!!!

Preston

November 25th, 2012
10:42 pm

UGA left 9 or 10 schollies on the table last year that weren’t used. That and the fact that we’re taking big hits to graduation after this year leaves us with an unusually high number of schollies to offer. Some will enroll early as well which makes a difference for some reason.

rainman34

November 25th, 2012
10:55 pm

Early enrollees count on last years class. Can have up to seven I think.

GTBob

November 26th, 2012
12:03 am

So how many is UGA going to take? 50 or 60? Is Richt following the Saban strategy for recruiting now?

Bullicks

November 26th, 2012
12:31 am

Uh, Reuben Foster is not a Georgia linebacker.

BKbroila

November 26th, 2012
12:38 am

GTBob is so ignorant….

BKbroila

November 26th, 2012
12:40 am

Troll Turd….If Shamire Devine or Jeremi Hall think for 2 seconds that they are going to be able to thrive in that offense at 350plus pounds, then they know less about football than GTBob….both of them will have to lose 35-50 pounds before they will EVER see the field in that offense….

tony

November 26th, 2012
5:01 am

AU’s recruits don’t want to play @UGA – go after players that want to play for uga. Focus on Montravius Adam, Laremy Tunsil, Alvin Kamara and Tyrone Crowder at least they’re exercising sound judgment(showing wisdom) in deciding where they want to spend the next four years of their life. Winning championships will inspire them to come. – ask John Calipari or Pete Carroll.

Notre Dame was smart to move to the acc so they can start building that pipeline through the state of ga. If Mr Richt doesn’t start winning championships, he will only get the 2 stars in this state.

RedandBlackDAWG

November 26th, 2012
6:12 am

I would think that UGA would only go after one or two at the most, given UGA has 30 with a verbal commit, right now and a few of the top players are still to decide. I am not a great proponent of a “bird in the hand”, type of mentality, but we all know, that CMR is good on his word, and I don’t think would ever withdraw a offer, after he had accepted it from a young man. UGA has a top five recruiting class right now, and if they can add, a few more of the elite recruits still pout there and available, they might be on top for the year. Beat Alabama, and a couple of these recruits we are hoping to sway our way, will be a lot easier.
Winning and preparing for the SECCG should be the top priority on the minds of the team and coaches this week. Win that, and UGA will fill out it’s class the way it wants to. No doubt, this game on Saturday, will have a big impact on the few left out there, yest to decide.

GO DAWGS and GATA

davidinloganville

November 26th, 2012
6:20 am

TURD TROLL the blog is about AUBURN RECRUITS not tech recruits. damn turd, GET A CLUE!

jarvis

November 26th, 2012
7:21 am

Is Tech in on any of these?
I’ve heard they could use some defensive help.

ole dawg

November 26th, 2012
7:30 am

@ TIDE ROLL… Richt will have a clue about 10:30 Saturday night after he rolls your crimson butt. Either you are a Tech troll or you need to be concerned about your own team.. BTW… thanks for holding back on your racist comments this morning!

SEC

November 26th, 2012
7:32 am

Auburn will have trouble getting a good coach. Saban is 47-5 the last 4 years and is about to win his third national championship. If Alabama hadn’t lost by 1 point to Cam Newton and blown a big lead, Alabama’s seniors would be going for their Fourth straight national championship. 47-5 over four years is the highest winning percentage in Alabama history. Auburn is looking at probation trying to keep up with that. That job will be a coach killer worse than Michael Vick.

Just Saying

November 26th, 2012
7:55 am

do the false transcripts go with them to uga? I am sure uga has their own transcript specialist to take care of any and all matters

Ohno

November 26th, 2012
7:57 am

Blow a big lead? AU just came back and kicked that Tide ass.
Rumors of probation are just that but that… never stops Al and Ga fans from piling on.
Tigers will be back before long.

Henne

November 26th, 2012
8:07 am

The ‘Barn door is open. Head on over to Athens.

DawgByte

November 26th, 2012
8:22 am

Dawg Fans -

Relax about the number of current commits (30), we’ve got around a dozen kids that are signing early. This group will count against the 2012 class. We’ve got plenty of room for these de-committed AU recruits. It’s all good!

dougsmugs

November 26th, 2012
8:24 am

@TIDE ROLL, what are the two tri-city (east point) OL’s thinking? They are taller than 6′4″ and heavier than 340lbs and want to go to a school who’s blocking scheme is diving at the opponents feet? Are they crazy or stupid?

Can you imagine being that big and play after play having to dive at feet and then hop up and do it again? Either Tech is anticipating a coaching change or the chop block being outlawed, or these two haven’t done their research.

flagboy?

November 26th, 2012
8:26 am

GTBob

November 26th, 2012
12:03 am
So how many is UGA going to take? 50 or 60? Is Richt following the Saban strategy for recruiting now?
____________________

Bless your heart.

I poop on the NCAA

November 26th, 2012
8:32 am

If UGAG has already made 30 football scholarship commitments how can the offer anymore? Is there not a lime of 25 per year, and 85 overall?

Sam

November 26th, 2012
8:39 am

Just because a team has commitments doesn’t mean they are stuck signing that player even if another better player is interested. They could always back out of someone’s commitment and sign one of the better guys. “Gotta break a few eggs (hearts) to make a cake (national championship).”

Holy Guacamole

November 26th, 2012
8:42 am

Ohno – I wouldn’t be so sure that Auburn will be back before long. Didn’t the NCAA just announce an investigation into AU? I think that had as much to do with Cheesit’s firing as his win-loss record. Look at Tenn. – after more than 5 years they still aren’t out of the woods.

GeoffDawg

November 26th, 2012
8:45 am

If I’m not mistaken, I think Trooper Taylor’s name is front and center regarding the latest recruiting scandal coming out of Memphis-gate. He’s good as gone.

GeoffDawg

November 26th, 2012
8:53 am

Concerning the two Tri-Cities OL, apparently the NCAA rules committee is considering outlawing blocks below the waist. Wonder if PJ is hedging his bets?

chilidawg

November 26th, 2012
9:14 am

Reuben, it’s just a little ink. A good tattoo artist can turn that AU into nice dawg without any trouble.

chilidawg

November 26th, 2012
9:14 am

Reuben, it’s just a little ink. A good tattoo artist can turn that AU into nice dawg without any trouble.

Remarkable

November 26th, 2012
9:15 am

@ I poop on the NCAA

QUESTION: If UGAG has already made 30 football scholarship commitments how can the (Spelling) offer anymore? Is there not a lime(Spelling) of 25 per year, and 85 overall?

ANSWER: Several of the commits will enroll early in January and therefore count toward last years total, when UGA didn’t enroll their full 25. With players leaving early for the NFL or transferring to other colleges, schools often have more vacancies than just the 25.

MC

November 26th, 2012
9:17 am

Trooper Taylor’s recruiting acumen comes from that brown paper bag he keeps in his glove box. Everybody in Alabama knows Taylor is Auburn’s bagman.