It starts this weekend with the Mark Richt Camp. High schoolers will be on campus learning from several of Georgia’s coaches. Some of those high schoolers already have an offer from the Bulldogs while others are trying to earn one.
“I think if a guy is interested in Georgia and hasn’t been offered,” Mark Richt told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “whether he’s in this year’s class or next year’s class, I think it would be important for him to be there.”
Georgia has only five commitments for the 2014 class. It’s worth pointing out the Bulldogs won’t be able to sign a class as large as the 2013 group, which ended up with 33 signees.
Chad Simmons of Scout.com told the AJC that Georgia’s short list of commitments doesn’t necessarily indicate a bad start for the Bulldogs.
“It’s a slow start, but I think they are off to a good start, as far as the quality of players that are committed,” Simmons said. “The numbers aren’t there right now. But I think by the start of the season in September, they will have 10 or so commits.”
One of those commitments could be running back Nick Chubb from Cedartown (Ga.) High School.
Chubb, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 9 running back by Rivals, is scheduled to announce his decision on Tuesday on Fox 5 TV in Atlanta. He’s considering Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina.
Chubb’s decision could help indicate where Georgia stands with the 2014 class. He’s a key in-state prospect who’s shown a strong interest in the Bulldogs.
“I’ve always liked Georgia,” Chubb told Rivals last month. “I was a fan of them growing up, too.”
Fans are paying attention to Georgia’s recruitment of in-state prospects. Four of Rivals’ top 10 players in the state of Georgia have given their commitmentsfor 2014. And they’ve all picked Clemson.
One of those prospects is wide receiver Demarre Kitt, who originally committed to Georgia before reopening his recruitment. He chose Clemson last week.
Another Clemson commitment, quarterback Deshaun Watson from Gainesville High School, continues to receive strong interest from Georgia. He’s indicated he could look around – he visited Auburn last week – but he hasn’t budged from his pledge to Clemson.
That adds more importance to the recruitment of other top Georgia prospects like Chubb, defensive end Lorenzo Carter and defensive backs Cortez McDowell and Malkom Parrish.
And this weekend’s camp could create new options for Georgia’s staff. A new offer or two could go out, which could add to the commitment list before the weekend ends.
Georgia fans will certainly be watching.
Texas A&M quarterback signee headed to baseball
The commitment of 2014 quarterback Kyle Allen to Texas A&M became even more important Thursday night.
Quarterback Kohl Stewart, who signed with the Aggies in February, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the No. 4 pick in the MLB draft. Stewart will sign with the Twins, according to his father.
“He’s going to go (with the Twins),” Mark Stewart told the Houston Chronicle. “You don’t get drafted fourth and not go. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime offer. He looked at me when they made the call and said, ‘Dad, I’m going to accept the (Twins’) offer.’ He’s made the decision and he will talk with (Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin).”
Stewart, who attended St. Pius X High School in Houston, was ranked the nation’s No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the 2013 class by Rivals.
Stewart was one of two quarterback signees for Texas A&M’s 2013 class. Kenny Hill from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School also signed with the Aggies, who should be fine at quarterback in the future.
Hill will have spent at least a year in Sumlin’s offense after quarterback Johnny Manziel leaves school. And Allen is thought to be one of the nation’s top-rated quarterbacks in the 2014 class.
Saban returns to Mobile
Alabama coach Nick Saban was in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday for the annual Nick’s Kids Fund golf tournament.
It’s a helpful tool in Alabama’s yearly effort to recruit the Mobile area. Players from Mobile, including safety Mark Barron and quarterback AJ McCarron, have been instrumental in Alabama’s success under Saban.
“There’s great (high school) programs here and we certainly want to do a great job in our state in terms of recruiting and it just seems that historically there’s been a lot of great players from this area,” Saban said. “We certainly feel fortunate that we’ve been able to get some of those players to come to Alabama and it’s made a huge difference in the success of our program.”
Alabama’s effort in the Mobile area will be even more important in the future. Rival Auburn has found immediate success there in the 2014 class, landing four commitments from talent-rich high schools St. Paul’s and Vigor.
Linebacker Justin Thornton from Vigor High School predicted a bright future for Auburn when he committed to the Tigers on May 12.
“I feel we’re going to do big things,” Williams said. “We’re going to have a great future. I’m pretty sure they’re going to do well this year, coming up and by the time we get there we’re just going to keep building up.”
Moses ‘puts on a show’ at Texas camp
The legend of Dylan Moses is still growing.
The eighth-grade phenom with offers from schools like Alabama, Florida and LSU took part at the Texas camp last weekend. And he shined, according to Moses’ father.
“Dylan put on a show,” Edward Moses told Scout.com. “He worked out at both linebacker and running back. There was some top talent there, some guys with speed, and Dylan fit right in. The consensus was that he fit in with the top tier, and there were some linebackers who looked good.”
Mr. Moses is of course biased toward his son, but his account of Dylan Moses’ performance is not surprising. There’s a reason he’s already received eight offers before he’s stepped on a high school campus.
Think the attention surrounding Moses is too much right now? Wait until he really starts being recruiting. You know, for the 2017 signing class.