While recruiting is a year round activity in today's college football world, game weekends are still when a lot of the heavy lifting gets done. It's when committed players come to town to build bonds that will tie them together for years to come. It's also when prospects come to town to see what the University of Georgia has to offer.
This weekend several of the biggest targets on the Bulldog board will be in the Classic City taking in Georgia/South Carolina. No name is bigger than Norcross DE/OLB Lorenzo Carter, touted by many as the top prospect in the Peach State and a top 10 player nationally. Carter has listed a top 3 of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia and while many thought this one would be between the Dawgs and Tide, Carter has recently shown quite an affinity for the Sunshine State Saurians. Mark Richt does not need to have another Signing Day on which the top player in the state leaves it, and definitely doesn't need that player heading to an SEC rival. This battle will be one to watch.
Also on hand will be Jacksonville offensive tackle David Sharpe, also considering the Bulldogs and Gators. Sharpe is probably a lean to the Fighting Muschamps at this point, but anyone who watched last Saturday's Clemson game knows that Will Friend has playing time to sell at the all-important blindside tackle spot.
Four star Auburn, Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans will be in the house, as will New Jersey DB Juwann Winfree. Like Carter and Sharpe, the 'Dawgs don't seem to be in the lead for Evans or Winfree. That's why this weekend will be important. A big conference win in an electric atmosphere could go a long way in making up some ground for guys who could each be among the last pieces of the 2014 recruiting puzzle.
These uncommitted prospects will be joined by Bulldog pledges Sony Michel, Detric Dukes, and Kendall Gant. This is probably not the biggest recruiting weekend of the season in terms of numbers, but the quality of prospects on hand will be unparalleled. Let's hope Mark Richt and Company give them something to be impressed by. Until later . . .