April 11, 2014

G-Day and Recruiting

As Georgia's annual G-Day spring scrimmage approaches, many eyes will be on the field.

Still plenty will be going on behind the scenes as the UGA spring game is almost always a big weekend for visitors and 2014 is no different.

Below UGASports takes a look at five recruiting story-lines going into G-Day.

1. Will Edoga make it? - According to McEachern defensive back T.J. Rahming, if he and his good friend, teammate, and UGA offensive tackle target Chuma Edoga visit anywhere this weekend, it will be Georgia. Plans haven't been finalized as of yet, but the two are trying to work out transportation to get to the Classic City this weekend.

Rahming doesn't hold a Georgia offer but says he has been hearing from the Bulldogs much more as of late. The 5-foot-9, 165 pound speedster was excellent at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Atlanta last month and sources close to Rahming indicate that an offer from the Bulldogs would be big.

Getting Edoga on campus, however, is also huge. The Rivals100 prospect is fresh off of a visit to the west coast where he saw USC and Stanford. That visit vaulted those two programs to the top spot on his list and Georgia could make a move if he can make it into town.

2. Possible commitments - No one on the visitor list, at present, appears ready to pull the trigger, but G-Day has been good to the Bulldogs in the past in terms of pledges. Griffin wide receiver Christian Owens and in 2012 the Bulldogs reeled in Reggie Wilkerson.

Most of the confirmed visitors on campus this weekend have stated plans to commit later in the process, but it isn't out of the question for a prospect to get swept up in the visit and make a decision. Stranger things have happened.

3. Ledbetter on campus, again - Tucker defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter committed to Alabama in February and Saturday will be the fourth time he has visited Georgia since that pledge. Ledbetter is very close with Stephenson defensive end Chauncey Rivers, a Georgia pledge, and the two have spent quite a bit of time together in their visits to UGA and on the camp circuit.

Rivers hasn't been shy about how hard he is recruiting his four-star friend, and a source close to this told UGASports recently that Ledbetter is "50/50" between Georgia and Alabama. Could G-Day be the day that the UGA staff completes the flip or will Alabama be able to hold on to the talented defender?

4. A couple of 2016 standouts in town - Two of the biggest names on our confirmed G-Day list are Lanier defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Buford tight end Isaac Nauta. Both are top prospects in the 2016 class and both have held Georgia offers for quite some time now.

Brown has strong family ties to Mississippi State but told UGASports at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Atlanta that he "really likes" the Georgia. Brown is likely to be one of the top defensive linemen in the state for next year's class so the UGA staff has a chance to make a strong impression on a prospect that hasn't taken a ton of visits at this point.

Nauta has been to Georgia before and is well traveled when it comes to recruiting. Georgia has established itself as one of the schools Nauta will heavily consider and Saturday could be the perfect chance for UGA to showcase its need for the Buford native. Converted fullback Quayvon Hicks could be the Bulldogs only healthy option at tight end in the scrimmage.

5. Can UGA strengthen its position with Patrick? - Mays defensive end Natrez Patrick is a huge target for Georgia. Luckily for Georgia fans, Patrick is quite fond of Georgia, too. The Rivals100 playmaker has long been thought to be a Georgia lean and Saturday will be a chance for the new defensive staff to strengthen its position with the Atlanta native.

Patrick's ability to play defensive end, outside linebacker, or inside linebacker at the next level makes him an important piece to the current class for Georgia, and if the Bulldogs are going to beat out Auburn and Alabama for his services, G-Day has the potential to be a major step in the right direction.

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