June 10, 2008

Recruiting Notebook: Inside UGA Recruiting

This UGASports Recruiting Notebook is full of Bulldog Recruiting Scoop and all the latest Recruiting Headlines that concern the Dawgs.

Here is all the latest news from the best source for Bulldog Recruiting information.


Tyrone Ezell is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive tackle out of Homestead (PA) Steel Valley picked up an offer from Georgia towards the end of May.

Georgia's Rodney Garner visited the high school, checked on Ezell and the Dawgs offered him shortly there after.

His coach told him that Georgia is one of his three biggest offers when talking football schools. It was Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio State.

Pittsburgh may have the inside track right now, but Ezell says he is doing research on schools like Georgia and others outside of his region.

Ezell is strong academically as well where he sports a GPA of 3.2.


Georgia's big prospect camp is this upcoming weekend, but they always have a handful of top athletes come through their open camp the first week of June.

This year one of the top prospects there was underclassman Steven Atwater out of Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian. He is the son of former Arkansas and Denver Bronco safety Steve Atwater.

The younger Atwater is only 5-feet 10-inches tall, but he still has two more years of high school to grow. He is around 175-pounds, but like his father, he plays very physical and he loves to hit.

Georgia is recruiting him early along with schools like Arkansas, Notre Dame, and Clemson. He had a good time at the camp and he really liked the style of Georgia's Defensive Coordinator Willie Martinez.

"He helped me a lot and I think I learned some good things. I learned how to weave better in my back peddle, I got better in press coverage, and Coach Martinez was a lot of help. He is really hands on and I like that," he said. He answers all the questions we have, he is really smart, and I really like the way he coaches."


Maryland standout Travis Hawkins will be visiting Athens on July 18. He has Georgia high on his list right now and he continues to talk with former Maryland star Akeem Hebron about the Dawgs.

Hawkins is a very physical defensive back that loves to make plays on both offense and defense. He will likely start out at corner at the school he chooses, but he plans to talk with each coach about the possibility of getting some reps on offense down the line too.

At this time, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and a few others along with Georgia appear to be high on Hawkins' list. He is an early graduate, so he hopes to make an early decision as well.

The last time a kid from Maryland (Hebron) visited UGA in the summer, he committed a few weeks later, so we will stay on top of this one.


One of the toughest prospects to get on the phone is defensive end DeOnte Arnett. The 6-foot-4, 243-pound prospect out of Forestville (MD) Forestville Academy decided to come out with a final five last week.

Georgia offered him during the evaluation period and it looks like they have done an excellent job recruiting him since then because the Dawgs have made his final cut.

Last week in an audio interview, Arnett said that Cincinnati, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, and Tennessee were his finalists.

He has never visited Georgia, but reports are that he plans to this fall. He will likely take an official visit to Georgia for one of their home games during the season and then make his decision after the season.

Maryland and Ohio State may be the frontrunner right now, but we will continue to keep an eye on Arnett as we get closer to his visit to Athens.


The "Crime Dog" Fred McGriff starred in Atlanta for the Braves back in the 90's and the McGriff's were back in Georgia last week. Fred's son Erick McGriff is a 2009 wide receiver out of Tampa (FL) Jesuit.

He claims offers from Arkansas, Troy, right now, but the Dawgs have yet to pull the trigger. He is a big target at 6-foot-4 and 190-pounds and he has interest in UGA.

"Georgia is definitely a top rate school," said McGriff after he completed Georgia's three day camp. "It was my first time to Georgia and I loved everything about it. They had great facilities, I liked their coaches, and I liked everything they had to offer."

McGriff thinks he had a nice camp performance in front of the UGA coaching staff as well, so he thinks an offer could come in the future.

"I talked to Coach [Tony] Ball and Coach [Willie Martinez[/db] and I think they are thinking about offering me," he said. "They told me they are looking at their numbers for this class and they told me that they like me."

UGA is currently targeting some of the top receivers in the country and we don't expect an immediate offer, but McGriff is obviously on their radar.


Jordan Love took a visit down to Athens over the weekend and they left with the Dawgs on the top. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound corner out of Glen Allen, Virginia quietly snuck into Athens on Friday evening and left about 24 hours later.

He has reeled in close to 20 scholarship offers, but he has it down to Florida, Georgia, and Penn State with the Dawgs on top.

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