January 9, 2012

Top targets - offense



• Offensive lineman Avery Young: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) - Young's recruitment has been all over the place. Early in the process, he was almost impossible to read and didn't take any unofficial visits. After he took his four official visits, he had Auburn and Georgia on top, and it appeared it would come down to those three. Just before Christmas, he stated that he was wide open and every school had a chance. Now he is taking a trip to Miami on January 20, and they might have something to say about where Young signs on February 1. Georgia is recruiting Young very hard, and he has a top three of UGA, Auburn, and Florida. Head Coach Mark Richt still has his in home visit left with Young, and Georgia is in prime position to make a big push. The X-factor in Young's recruitment might turn out to be the solid relationship he built with Ray Drew on his official visit in December. UGA's: 60%

• Offensive lineman Brandon Greene: Cedar Grove - In its own way, Greene's recruitment is even more bizarre than Young's. Greene has been an Alabama commitment since the March, and there had been very little discussion about Georgia still being in the mix for his signature. Then, after a surprise visit to Georgia for the Football Gala, Greene seemed to have the Bulldogs on his mind. After weeks of speculation, Greene stated last week that he was 100% committed to the Tide. That may have been true at the time, but Georgia will likely get an in home visit or two to work on the Peach State tackle. Georgia wants Greene, and they have recruited him throughout the process, but his bond with the Alabama staff is very strong. UGA's chances: 20%

• Athlete Todd Gurley: Tarboro (N.C.) - Gurley has played things very close to the vest. Georgia was the early favorite, but Clemson, North Carolina, and North Carolina crept into the race with proximity on their side. It seemed as if the Bulldogs might be falling out of the race when they offered Stephenson running back Mike Davis in December, but that wasn't the case. Sources close to Gurley have told UGASports that Gurley strongly favors the Bulldogs at this time, and his decision will have a big impact on the 2012 class. Georgia is the team to beat right now. UGA's chances: 80%

• Running back Mike Davis: Stephenson - Davis decommitted from Florida in December, and completely reopened his recruitment. Florida State, Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee were the teams that immediately entered the mix for Davis, and it appears that all still have a chance for his services. He has taken official visits to Florida State and Tennessee, and will visit South Carolina, UGA, and Clemson in January. Many believe that the Gamecocks and Bulldogs are the top two, and in an interview with Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell at the Army All American Bowl, Davis stated that Georgia was his leader. Assuming Gurley chooses UGA, the chances of landing Davis go down. UGA's chances: 40%

• Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson: Hutchinson C.C. (Kan.) - Patterson is another player that has played things very close to the vest. Early in the process, it appeared that Tennessee and Georgia had the best chance to land the JUCO star, but then Arkansas and Baylor entered the mix. Auburn is also trying to make a push, and head coaches have been using their in home visits this week. Patterson is committed to taking two more official visits before he decides, and one of those visits may or may not go to Baylor. Georgia appears to be in the driver's seat for Patterson with Arkansas and Baylor, if they get an official visit, being their main competition. Tennessee has slowly faded out of the running at this point. UGA's chances: 70%

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