It was a huge weekend for Georgia football. All the freshmen were finally on campus and the entire team got to work out with Georgia legend Herschel Walker.
The big news this past weekend is mainly because of the recruiting, however. Georgia received four commitments and offered many others during the camp that Mark Richt held.
In this article we will first go over the four new commitments as well as scouting reports on them, afterwards I will write another article taking a look at the recruits that we have offered as well. I will then toss around a few more things on some of our other recruits.
So, let’s get on with the first article on the new commitments.
The Four New Commitments
Though many fans were hoping, yet not expecting, for top recruits Ricky Parks(Auburn) and Travis Blanks(Clemson) to be committing to the Dawgs on Friday, they chose otherwise.
An unexpected commitment did come Friday from Quayvon Hicks (pictured left), an excellent athlete given his size (6’2”, 257 pounds) that Georgia has recruited to play fullback for them. He is a force on the defensive side of the ball in high school, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he played there some as well in Athens.
Hicks is the type of fullback that would undoubtedly get us to the physicality that we all want, and there is a strong chance that he may be the starter next year at the position. The important thing for him may be watching how he grows, because his size could hinder him some at the fullback position. I love his potential impact to the team though.
The next commitment came Saturday as top punter Collin Barber(pictured right) has decided to become a Dawg. He averaged over 40 yards a punt this past season and has a reported hang time of over five seconds, which is beyond phenomenal.
The commitment of Barber works well with another commit the Dawgs got earlier in the year in kicker Marshall Morgan. The duo could very well supplant the Blair Walsh-Drew Butler combination quite well. Both have All American potential.
Then came the huge news late last night in the commitments of Jenkins County teammates Jonathan Taylor and James Deloach becoming Dawgs as well. They’ve been saying all along that they would be a package deal, though they caught most off guard with the early commitment.
Taylor(pictured left) is the big player to watch from the group. He is one of the best players in the state and is regarded as a 4-star player by all scouting sites, and will likely stick at his defensive tackle position in Athens. He is listed at 6’3”, 207 pounds and holds his weight very well. This means that he can stand to gain roughly 20 more pounds and truly fit the nose tackle position that we have in the 3-4 scheme. If not he should still be a great defensive end, where his elite athleticism will make him a force to be reckoned with. He has big time potential and should be a force in a few years.
Deloach(pictured right) is listed as 3-star defensive end by Scout.com, but he will very likely play outside linebacker in the 3-4 and put his hand down whenever we want to have four down linemen. The 6’3”, 265-pounder is also a good player and should see his rating rise this season. In 2010 he only played in four games, yet recorded eight sacks. A full season should allow scouts to see more of the upside that the guy has. He could be a big sleeper in this class.
The next article should be up around 9 tonight.