February 13, 2008

Tight in '09, but new offers go out

The class of 2009 for the University of Georgia is not going to reach the number of 25 unless something major takes place between now and signing day. Right now, the number expected to sign with the Dawgs is under 20, and with 5 already committed, the offers could be very low.

Last year, Georgia offered around 60 prospects total and the number will likely be lower this year. Less than 30 offers have been extended to this point and 5 of those offers have already been accepted.

Running back WaShaun Ealey and Dexter Moody of Emanuel County Institute in Twin City (Ga.) were the first two commit in January and that set things into motion for this class. The same day the ECI duo committed, linebacker Chase Vasser decided he wanted to be a Dawg as well.

Later that same week, four-star offensive lineman Chris Burnette of Troup County chose UGA over numerous other schools including Oklahoma, Auburn, and Florida. Two days after Burnette announced his commitment, top quarterback Zach Mettenberger added his name to the list.

That is where we stand now, but new offers are going out, some are close to picking up an offer from the Dawgs and that sixth commitment could be right around the corner.

Here is the latest in Bulldog Recruiting.

Middle Georgia OL picks up an offer

Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and others jumped on Johnnie Farms a little quicker, but the Dawgs added their name to his offer list recently. Farms is battling Burnette for the top OL in the Peach State right now and he is closing in on 10 offers.

He has ties to Athens and Georgia offered recently Farms and he now lists the Dawgs in his top five.

"Georgia sent me an offer last Thursday," said Farms. "My Uncle had talked to Coach [Stacy] Searels on the phone a couple of times and he said they were going to offer me and I got the letter on Thursday."

"Florida is my leader and on top right now," Farms admitted. "Alabama is right there too now after that visit. They are number two. Georgia is next and then LSU and Auburn. Auburn has not offered me yet, but I think they will."

"Ben Harden is there and he used to play here at Perry too. He tells me it is great there and that there is not better place than Georgia. He has been calling me a lot telling me to come there, but he also said he would pull for me if I went somewhere else."

Three UGA coached check out Bowman

First, it was Rodney Garner in December, then it was Stacy Searels and Mike Bobo in January - those are the UGA coaches that traveled to Ridgeland High School in North Georgia to check out wide receiver Michael Bowman.

Bowman is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver that is as athletic as anyone that size. He is fluid, he is strong, he can run and he is not a bad basketball player either. In fact, that is where he saw Coach Searels and Coach Bobo.

"They came up to see me play basketball and I put up 18 points," said Bowman. "I think I played good in front of them and showed them I am an athlete."

He hopes to visit UGA soon.

"I was invited to their junior day, but I don't think I am going to be able to make it this time. I will probably go up there soon though one weekend just to visit and talk with the coaches. They are definitely my number one school."

Middle GA Duo has UGA offers

Northside Warner Robins has two of the top defensive prospects in Georgia in 2009. Defensive lineman Abry Jones and linebacker Eric Fields are both top ten players.

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