Rough Start to November Recruiting
So Anzalone and Dawson are a No-Go. But don't fret, after being upset last night about the Anzalone tweets, I was thinking - We have a GREAT LB coming in and Early Enrolling who is from our state... and we should fine. McMillan is going to be a beast... While it would have been nice to get a talented kid like Anzalone, we are doing great at LB. Really thought he was ours when he filled out the papers... But that type of stuff happens all the time... Have to roll with the punches and find another kid to give the scholly to.
Dawson's dropping of UF came out of nowhere... And this one hurts us a little more than missing on a LB. This is the type of guy we NEED. But, it just isn't in the cards. There's still a ways to go before he sends his LOI, but man, being dropped completely after all that happened doesn't leave any room for optimism. BUT we've always had another OG in state, who - in the long run, could end up being just as good as Dawson... Ira Denson. Time to turn up the heat... OFFER the kid. Now. We need a couple more OL... can't wait until February to HOPE something happens... Anyone remember Avery Young??
Trenton Brown was offered by FSU. So now our rival joins in on, who I believe, is the best realistic OT prospect we have on our board. Hope we can land this guy.
BUT anytime we have guys disappear from our board, new targets pop up elsewhere...
So I'll start BIG - Robert Nkemdiche. I didn't even know our staff was really in contact with him, But I am stoked to know that we are one of the schools he could ***POSSIBLY*** land at. Everyone thinks that Ole Miss is the favorite because of his brother, but I think if he listed UF as a contender, then we have just a good of shot as anyone. Who knows where this guy lands... It's pretty unrealistic to think he lands at UF but just being considered is awesome.
What happens to Auburn's recruits if/when Gene Chizik is fired??? Worst season Auburn has had in a loooooooong time. I think this is weeks away. They have 3 guys in the ESPN top 10 (7 in the top 300)... Do they stay at Auburn or abandon ship if/when Auburn hires some random dude to take over. Perhaps we can sneak off with one.
Marcell Harris' decision is coming up in 10 days... He chose not to make any more visits... I have no reason whatsoever to believe is nothing but Gator.
Greg Gilmore's decision is pretty soon (days) too. I am not sure how we stand. I know he has always been a LSU fan and he did tweet that he was just trolling UF... but you never can tell until a kid makes his decision known. I am not holding out hope, I know he likes LSU A LOT.
Montravius Adams would be the gem of the class if he were to sign. I think, out of ALL the guys we have left on our board, Adams is by A LOT the most important. He has many good reasons to come here and after the LSU game, many felt that Adams was an eventual Gator commit. BUT he still has some visits to make, and of course he isn't going to say he "disliked some place vehemently" because he is going through the process - He will say good things about everywhere he goes... a la his UGA visit. And the same will happen with his Clemson visit. And HOPEFULLY he'll be here with his Mom for the December Banquet, where he will have great things to say.
What we have going for us is that UGA will lose to Bama... again. We'll get the highest ranked bowl game out of any SEC team (save for Bama, who will be a NC contender). And when the season is all over we can be really happy with a GREAT season and we can sell our progress to the few highly rated, uncommitted or not, recruits left on our board.
Or, if UGA loses to Auburn, maybe we can make some magic happen... Nothing helps recruiting more than a fresh NC. I think the first scenario is more of a reality though, heh.