College football recruiting has evolved into a 365 day event with some days being more critical to a program’s success than others. Dawg Night attracts more top tier talent to Athens for the Georgia Bulldogs than any other camp.
This years visitor list is full of current commits and prospects that have yet to announce their decision along with a few that are still looking to earn an offer. The seven current Bulldog commitments scheduled to attend are running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, offensive lineman Jake Edwards, tight end Jeb Blazevich, safety Nick Glass and defensive linemen Dontavious Russell and Kendall Baker.
The class of 2014 will not be nearly as large as last year’s 33, the number will likely be closer to 22 and there are only about 10 slots remaining. The top offensive targets expected on campus for Dawg Night are linemen Dyshon Sims and Isaiah Wynn, both are needed and would likely be the last offensive linemen taken, wide receiver Shakenneth Williams has an offer and is nearing a decision.
The Dawgs are closer to being finished on the offensive side and therefore have more defensive talent scheduled to workout, linebackers Lorenzo Carter, Raekwon McMillian and Christian Miller are all national recruits, Carter is rated by some as the third best player in the country and the Dawgs would love to keep him at home, McMillian appears to be more inclined to go out of state and Miller is rated as the number one linebacker in South Carolina, all are interested in UGA but are still taking visits.
Safeties Cortez McDowell, C. J. Hampton and Kendall Gant along with defensive back Kendarius Webster have already been offered, Webster is the closest to making his decision known and it appears that the Bulldogs are in excellent shape with him, it would not be a huge surprise to see him pull the trigger while on campus.
A large number of 2015 prospects will attend, Christian Harris a hybrid tight end/wide receiver from Griffin has already committed to the Dawgs, he’ll be joined by top targets Dallas Warmack (OL), Mitch Hyatt (OL), Trenton Thompson (DL), Jacques Patrick (RB) and Terry Godwin (DB). All have been offered and at this time the Bulldogs appear to be leading for Warmack and Thompson.
A couple of interesting names in the 2015 group, Jeremiah Theus, brother of two current Bulldogs and Robert Muschamp, the nephew of Florida coach and former Dawg Will Muschamp.
The class of 2016 will be represented by massive offensive lineman Ben Cleveland who earned a UGA offer as a 14 year old true freshman at Stephens County High School, he’s already 6-6, 322 pounds and may end up being the top lineman in the country by the time he graduates.
In-state players attending that have yet to be offered include, (2015) Quay Picou, (DT), Dontavious Thomas (RB), Adonis Thomas (LB), Russell Ude (DE), Jalen Wilkerson (TE), Roquan Smith (LB) and Antionio Wimbush (RB), (2016) Chauncey Manac (DE), Isaac Nauta (TE), Landon Rice (OL) and De’Andre Gardenhire-Washington (DE).
They will be joined by a hand full of out of state prospects including, Kevin Ackerman (FL), Tyler Carr (AL), Kenny Waring (SC), Jason Lewis (VA) and Levonta Taylor also from Virginia. Five star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard from Fayetteville, North Carolina has decided to postpone his visit until the 20th of this month and according to his high school coach, the Bulldogs are a heavy favorite to land the number one player in the state for the second year in a row.
The list of attendees is very fluid and can change on the whim of a teenager but as past Dawg Nights have shown, there will be a surprise or two before it’s over, stay tuned.
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