The TaxSlayer Bowl isn't the only game of interest today for Bulldog fans. Noon also brings the Under Armour All-American game, which includes a ton of UGA commitments and prospects, at least a couple of whom may make their college decisions known during today's contest.You can catch the game live at noon on ESPN2 or stream through the WatchESPN app.
In a departure from past games, there are no players currently committed to Georgia playing in the game. Texas running back Devwah Whaley, who recommitted from the Bulldogs recently, will be suiting up for Team Highlight and will likely announce his new verbal commitment during the game. Georgia, Texas, and Arkansas are the finalists, but I'd be surprised if he chooses anyone other than the Longhorns. It seems like Whaley was really just waiting for a Texas offer, then got it, and the staff turnover in Athens gave him all the reason he needed to choose the home state school. Team Highlight does feature several players being recruited by the Bulldog staff, including Gordo, Alabama linebacker Ben Davis (wearing #1) and Montgomery linebacker Mack Wilson (wearing #3). I will be surprised if either ends up in Athens when all is said and done, but Davis currently lists Georgia as his leader. Houston linebacker Dontavious Jackson (#8) is also a target for the new staff.
Team Armour includes Archer High wide receiver Kyle Davis (#11), an Auburn commit who many Georgia fans would like to see the staff not yet give up on. His Archer teammate E.J. Price (#78) will line up at offensive tackle for Armour. Louisiana defensive back Shyheim Carter (#3) was a target for Jeremy Pruitt and remains one for Kirby Smart. Also on that defense will be Jackson defensive tackle Michail Carter (#90), another player with whom the Bulldog coaching staff would like to close their 2016 recruiting class.
Barring a surprise, I don't expect Georgia to receive any verbal pledges during the game. I suppose it's possible that Michail Carter could go ahead and shut it down, but even that seems unlikely. We should however see some of the best high school players in the country (especially on the defensive side of the ball). If you just can't bear to watch the TaxSlayer Bowl or want to crank up the old DVR, this one should be worth a watch. Until later . . .