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Brock Bowers: Nation’s No. 3 TE shares why Georgia made his top eight

Brock Bowers: Nation’s No. 3 TE shares why Georgia made his top eight

Brock Bowers: Nation’s No. 3 TE shares why Georgia made his top eight

Brock Bowers: Nation’s No. 3 TE shares why Georgia made his top eight

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry details how elite TE prospect Brock Bowers feels about his recruiting afterincluding the Bulldogs in the recent release of his top eight schools.

Brock Bowers was planning on taking at least two more visits to Georgia.That was just back in February. Those were simpler times. The days we might all take for granted now.

It was when everyone's plans were planned. Before the COVID-19 pandemic unplanned everything.

The 4-star TE now ranks on the 247Sports Composite ratings as the No. 3 TE and the No. 102 overall prospect nationally. His ratings have spiked up three positional rankings and an approximate 50 slots since February.

The Napa High (Napa, Calif.) standout was a newsmaker this week with the release of his top eight schools. The Georgia Bulldogs, as expected, were in that mix.

Georgia clinched one of those top school spots on the strength of just one unofficial visit.

"I just liked Athens," he said. "I have a really good relationship with coach [Todd] Hartley. I really like what coach [Kirby] Smart is doing out there with the coaches he is bringing in and kind of the culture they have built out there."

What was the common thread with all of those eight teams?

"I think the main thing is like the relationships with all the coaches," he said. "Also just how the program the program uses the tight end and how the coaches like to use the tight end there."

Brock Bowers: Where his recruiting stands today

He took a visit to Georgia in January. It allowed him a "Junior Day" that stood out among a three-pack of trips to see Clemson, Georgia and LSU. LSU was at the White House that day. He basically got a tour of the campus and layout without any key essential recruiters as a guide.

Clemson told him it planned to only take one tight end this cycle and then took a commitment from another 2021 TE essentially right after his visit.

What has changed since then? He took another back-to-back-to-back junket to see Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State. The Irish and the Nittany Lions were able to build off those visits by landing in his top eight.

That was the weekend before everything shut down.

"Michigan was really a hard school to leave out," Bowers said. "But just talking to my family I didn't think it was going to be the best spot just because of the location. It was super hard to leave out."

His top eight includes five schools from the Pacific Time Zone and then another three programs that are on Eastern Standard Time. Bowers felt he wasn't sure whether or not he was leaning toward either coast at this time.

"I'm not sure yet," he said. "It is all up in the air right now."

Whether he's talking about life or his recruiting choice, that answer is right on the money. Either way.


Brock Bowers: Nation’s No. 3 TE shares why Georgia made his top eight

Brock Bowers: The refresh button on his rare versatility

Bowers has settled into a routine. Especially with his impressive GPA that's way north of the 4.0 mark.

"I'm usually getting up and just doing school work," he said. "All the stuff that is assigned and then going to go work out. I'm done with all my workouts and my school usually by 3 p.m. or so and then it is chill at home or chill with my friends after that."

He's been keeping his circle small. A lot of that "chill" time is spent playing Xbox on the latest "Call of Duty" video game.

"I don't think I'm losing a lot based on my speed and strength stuff," Bowers said. "I'm still able to work out a lot. Probably more now even than I would have prior to all of this. Or I would have been able to. "But also this kind of messed up our [high school] season. Because we're not going to be able to have spring practice Shoot, the California Governor even said we might not even have a football season out here."

"That's crazy. Just wow there."

His Napa High coach, Richie Wessman, played at USC and coached in the NFL. He told the Napa Valley Register about an early evalution period when he started to see what Bowers can do.

"He broke three tackles in a very impressive fashion," Wessman said. "It was like if you're playing a video game and you're pressing all the buttons. He hit the stiff arm, he hit the spin move, hit a juke and then ended with a speed burst. It was really impressive."

Lots of coaches will often say that their player might have that "X" or "speed burst" button.When you flip on this film, his conjecture is validated. Bowers does indeed have all the buttons.

That goes for a lot of things. Consider the following:

  • Has a grade-point average that is approximately 4.33 in the classroom.
  • His mother is a schoolteacher. Bowers hails from a family of athletes. His father was an offensive lineman at Utah State. His mother played softball in college. His older sister still does.
  • The 6-foot-3 rising senior is now up to 225 pounds.
  • Had a season-opening game last fall in which reeled in eight catches for 91 yards and two scores AND also paired that performance up with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
  • Bowers scored touchdowns on 14 of his 39 catches as a junior in 2019. That's a ratio of reaching pay dirt on 36 percent of his catches.
  • Those 39 catches also produced 1,098 yards. That meant a gaudy 28.2 yards per catch.
  • He ran a 4.55 laser in the 40 and tested with a 40-inch vertical leap at an Opening regional in 2019.
  • Bowers played tight end, running back, wide receiver, linebacker and punt returner for his high school team.
  • He also wrapped up 25 stops, eight tackles for losses and a sack on defense as an OLB as a junior.
  • In his last two varsity seasons, he has recorded 21 combined touchdown catches and over 1,700 receiving yards.
  • The 4-star recruit also finished third on his team in rushing with 355 yards, including a pair of 100-yard games.
  • Bowers didn't play football until he was in the fifth grade, but then he skipped his sixth grade year. There's a pattern there. He played his seventh, but then skipped his eighth grade season.
  • His team didn't win a game his sophomore year. That was an 0-10 team in 2018.
  • He grew up an Oregon fan. Naturally. The greatest player to ever come out of his community went on to star at Oregon and become a sixth-round pick in the NFL.

Check out his Opening testing below. The crazy part of that is he didn't train for that at all.

Check out his junior highlight reel below.

Brock Bowers: What he'slooking for in a college fit

What does he need to see to make his college decision? Does it affect the timing on his choice?

"If I can make it and I know for sure before my senior year then I will," Bowers said. "But it might be after. I'm kind of easy with whatever."

It appears the COVID-19 pandemic pause won't allow him to proceed to graduate early and enroll in January of 2021 as he had planned.

He said that he was "still up in the air" right now with his school district, too.

"Shoot I'm not sure anymore," he said. "Our school has been doing a weird thing this semester so we will see. I don't think so, though."

He had planned on taking an unofficial to Georgia this spring and then an official visit to come.

"Based on the timing right now I feel it is an official left for me with Georgia," he said. "I don't think I would take another unofficial out there. Just with that. I don't really know. But I think by the time we can go and visit again, I think the timing would be too quick."

As of now, NCAA member schools are not allowed to host prospective recruits on campus for unofficial or official visits until June 1. That is very much up in the air with this pandemic, too.

What are the essential ingredients for his decision?

"The relationships with the coaches and then the location of the school," he said. "I have to find a place where I would want to live outside of football. Then also how much of an impact I can make on the field and also the education part and the connections I can make for my life outside of football."

Distance will not be a major factor.

"When I think about I know I am going to be doing school and football and be super busy," he said earlier this year. "I won't be able to go home even if I am on the west coast."

Brock Bowers and Georgia: The connection that remains

That was his first trip to check out UGA.

"I really liked Georgia," he said earlier this year. "Athens really reminded me a lot of Napa. Like the vibe and the town and everything. That was cool."

He said it was hard to explain why he liked the visit so much. But he continued to bring up a "vibe" at UGA from both the players and coaches.

"Everyone seemed like they wanted to be there," he said. "That was the main thing I took away from all of that. It was just a good visit."

There was one part of that trip that left a distinct impression. It is what is still on his mind now.

"The first thing that comes to mind, shoot, is just the stadium like being in the middle of the campus," Bowers said on Monday. "That was pretty cool to me. That stadium is awesome out there."

He said that he talks to Hartley every day or at least every other day.

"He always just tells me how much of a priority I can be and how much value I could have in their offense and everything," Bowers said.

He couldn't come up with what he needs to see from Georgia on his next visit. He didn't have any questions in mind for his next visit.

The timeline here will be very much a wait-and-see thing.

"My preference would be to get it done before my senior year," Bowers said. "I would very much like to make that work. But if I can't, I guess it is whatever. I will just do it later and get it all figured out. At some point."


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  • Tony Grimes included four teams in the long-awaited cutdown of his top four schools on Sunday afternoon. At this time, it looks like his choice is down to four schools: Georgia. North Carolina. Ohio State. Texas A&M. Final 4 @dhglover @Bubblesdnf @Giavanni_Ruffin @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @DemetricDWarren pic.twitter.com/oiINaCKm3U Tony Grimes (@757EliteDB) May 31, 2020 Grimes released that quartet of options via his Twitter account. He still has established a plan to make his college commitment on December 1, 2020. @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/o63R0RlvwG Tony Grimes (@757EliteDB) May 31, 2020 The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior from Princess Anne School in Virginia Beach rates as the nation's No. 1 CB and the No. 7 overall prospect for 2021 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. If you're looking for a quick refresh on all things Grimes, this DawgNation deep-drive profile will define his worth as a young man first and his abilities as a lockdown cornerback second. Grimes has been rated as the top of the board for months now on the weekly DawgNation 'Before the Hedges' program which airs every Wednesday on our Facebook and YouTube social channels. The 5-star prospect had planned to visit Georgia several times over the last few months prior to the global pandemic which sidelined all on-campus recruiting travel. That NCAA ban for both unofficial and official visits has since been extended to July 31. That decision was made by the NCAA over the last week. Grimes had only recently decided to start conducting the weekly zoom and recruiting contact calls he had been making over the last month during the coronavirus epidemic. He had taken a break from that activity. He had visits planned to see UGA in March, April and an official visit was already on the books for June 12. His father, Deon Glover, described an ascending interest level for the family in Georgia at that time. 'We've been to enough schools to say Hey if push came to shove and we need to make a decision now we can make a decision now' and we've been to enough schools multiple times to be able to say that,' Glover said. 'At least with the schools we like. We've been multiple times. With the exception of Georgia.' There is a clear interest here in Kirby Smart's program. 'What's going on at Georgia is elite mimic energy that you see in Clemson and some of the other top programs,' Glover said earlier this month. 'With the program itself. We learned a lot when we were down there the first time and of course, we were going to go back this time in March and go back again in April.' 'We had an official visit set up for June 12. We had put the gas in there with Georgia. Trying to get as much as we can about Georgia in a short period of time. But with those other schools, we have already got enough information on them. For real.' Check out the junior highlight reel for the Under Armour All-American selection below. Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. DAWGNATION RECRUITING (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) BREAKING: All-American OL Dylan Fairchild has made his college decision Brock Vandagriff: How does that family feel about the JT Daniels transfer? The JT Daniels to Georgia buzz seems very real BREAKING: Elite 2022 DB Marquis Groves-Killebrew commits to UGA Who is Chaz Chambliss? Carrollton staff shares the goods on the new Bulldog commit BREAKING: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football Taking a deep dive at how well Georgia has been recruiting Metro Atlanta of late Elite 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin already has a 'family' feel at UGA Brock Bowers: Nation's No. 3 TE knows what he needs to do before his college decision De'Jahn Warren: The 'nugget' for the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect with UGA Decrypting that recent tweet from 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. Prince Kollie: The ILB target who had 1,085 yards as a receiver in 2019 Lovasea Carroll: DawgNation goes one-on-one with the 2021 RB commit The post BREAKING: Nation's No. 1 CB Tony Grimes includes UGA in his final four appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Former five-star USC quarterback JT Daniels announced Thursday he is transferring to Georgia. It remains to be seen what Daniels' impact will be on the Bulldogs in 2020, but a clearer picture is emerging of what could happen the following season. I predict with Daniels on the roster UGA will be the preseason No. 1 team for 2021 regardless of what happens in the upcoming season. This isn't because Daniels is a can't-miss prospect. Truthfully, there probably isn't such a thing. Despite his status as a former five-star recruit, Daniels struggled in his first season at USC completing fewer than 60 percent of his passes and throwing almost as many interceptions (10) as touchdowns (14). To complicate matters further, he's also recovering from an ACL injury and meniscus tear sustained at the beginning of last season. Had Daniels stayed at USC it's quite possible he wouldn't have been the starting quarterback given the success rising sophomore Kedon Slovis enjoyed after replacing the injured Daniels last year. However, Daniels was still a sought-after transfer, and the fact that UGA landed him is a major victory. Daniels' first season at USC in 2018 was a messy one for the Trojans. There were rumors that head coach Clay Helton would be fired, and there were changes made with offensive assistants. Graham Harrell was brought in as offensive coordinator last season, and Harrell has seemingly stabilized the program, but Daniels didn't get to benefit much from his coaching due to his injury. Yet even if Daniels' experience at USC wasn't great, the experience he gained there could possibly turn out to be great for Georgia. Fast forward to 2021. The Bulldogs are expected to have two former four-star signees, Carson Beck and D'wan Mathis, and are expecting the arrival of Brock Vandagriff, a five-star recruit from the 2021 class. The problem is Beck and Mathis aren't expected to have much experience by then and Vandagriff will be fresh out of high school. Daniels' time served as a starter for a Power Five program would make him the favorite to earn the job for UGA and his experience would be invaluable to the Bulldogs especially in comparison to some of the other expected national favorites. It's basically a given that quarterback Trevor Lawrence will leave Clemson the team UGA opens against in Charlotte in 2021 after his junior season is done this year, and the same thing can be assumed for Ohio State's Justin Fields. Playoff mainstay Alabama could have an experienced starter in former five-star signee Bryce Young by then, but the Crimson Tide loses a lot off its roster at other positions after 2020 and has been out-recruited by the Bulldogs two of the last three years. Oklahoma should still have Spencer Rattler at quarterback, and he could possibly be the Heisman favorite in 2021, but we've all seen what the Sooners defense looks like in the Playoff, and we should probably stop pretending they're a real contender. UGA adding Daniels into the mix with what could be as much as nine former consensus five-star recruits in either their third or fourth year in the program would be plenty to justify a preseason No. 1 ranking. However, before Daniels gets to make an impact in 2021, there's still the matter of what happens this season. Will Daniels receive immediate eligibility like other recent quarterback transfers have, or will he have to sit out a year? Your guess is as good as mine on that topic. I'm more confident speaking about what would happen if he is allowed to play this season. I wouldn't predict him to beat out UGA's other recent transfer quarterback, Jamie Newman from Wake Forest, for the starting job. The contrast between Neman and Daniels is an odd one. Daniels was frequently shaky for a team where quarterbacks typically thrive, and Newman was often solid for a team where quarterbacks are usually anonymous. It's hard to know how they'd fare when pitted against each other in a competition, but the assumption here is that the praise that's circled around Newman this offseason isn't all unjustified hype. I'm not going to make the mistake of discounting him just because a newer and shinier toy arrived at the doorstep. Either way, whether he's eligible this year or next, Daniels is a welcome addition to a UGA quarterback situation with too much uncertainty for a team that fashions itself as one of the best in America. Daniels' arrival also demonstrates that UGA coach Kirby Smart understands the most important function of any coach to add enough talent to his roster to feel certain he's given his team the best chance to win. Regardless of what happens this season, with the Bulldogs on top of the polls to start next year, it will be obvious that is exactly what Smart will have done. The post Opinion: A bold prediction for JT Daniels and UGA in 2021 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • QB room is gonna be full.' That was one family member's response Thursday afternoon when a text from one of my brothers passed along the surprise word that the Dawgs are getting another quarterback. Actually, observations about Georgia having a 'crowded' quarterback room were a fairly widespread reaction nationally, even among sports media types, as former Trojans starting quarterback JT Daniels announced he was transferring to UGA from the University of Southern California. After all, Daniels, a redshirt sophomore, will be joining a position group that already included four scholarship QBs as well as several preferred walk-ons (including Will Muschamp's son, Jackson, who turned down a scholarship at Colorado State to walk on at UGA). Currently on the roster are presumed starter Jamie Newman, a recent graduate transfer from Wake Forest; junior Stetson Bennett, last year's backup; redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis, who finally has been cleared to play after recovering from brain surgery; and incoming freshman Carson Beck. The Dawgs also have a commitment from 5-star Brock Vandagriff of Bogart, who's set to join Kirby Smart's team for the 2021 season. So, yes, that's a jam-packed QB room for new offensive coordinator Todd Monken to oversee , but I remain convinced of one thing: It will thin out. Let's face it, in an age when each of the past three Heisman Trophy winners and three of last year's Heisman finalists all had transferred from another school, you're not going to see any program stockpile highly rated QBs like FSU did in its heyday. You can carry a bunch of tailbacks successfully, because at least three of them probably will see considerable playing time, but that doesn't happen with quarterbacks, as the Dawgs have seen in recent years with Jacob Eason and Justin Fields transferring elsewhere when they couldn't dislodge Jake Fromm from the starter's spot. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if to see Georgia lose at least one of the quarterbacks currently on its roster before the season begins. And, looking ahead to next season, when Newman's one-and-done time at UGA is over, the eventual winner of the battle for the starter's job will be lucky to have even one of the current scholarship QBs sticking around to back him up. To borrow a phrase we've heard all too often over the past couple of months, that is the 'new normal' in college football. Very few elite QBs are inclined to wait on the sideline a couple of years for their chance to be the starter. That's why the transfer portal is so busy these days. So, yes, it's good for Georgia to have all these QBs on the roster right now, but it probably won't last very long. If Daniels gets his NCAA waiver, he'll be the most experienced QB on the roster after Newman, and he'll have three seasons of eligibility left. That's sparked a lot of speculation that Bennett may see the writing on the wall and decide he'll need to transfer elsewhere in order to see playing time. And, unless Mathis wows the coaches in camp and moves into starting contention, you've got to wonder if he'll stick around past this season, too. After Newman is gone, if the 2021 starting QB competition ends up being between Daniels, Beck and Vandagriff (assuming he doesn't take a redshirt year), you're talking about two 5-star players and a 4-star player. Nobody gets the luxury of carrying a QB roster like that anymore, so chances are that at least one, if not both, of the players who don't win the starting spot will move elsewhere as well. Yes, any coach would love to have a pair of highly rated backups as an insurance policy, but, again, that's not the new normal in college football: If you have an established starter, you're probably going to have to keep recruiting highly rated talent to compete with him, knowing that those who lose out are unlikely to be content sitting on the bench or playing mop-up duty more than one season. And, while Smart has been aces at drawing top QB talent to UGA, he so far hasn't been successful in keeping a highly rated backup from going elsewhere. CBS Sports' Barton Simmons summed it up nicely when he tweeted about Daniels' move: ' This is the way you have to recruit (if you're able to). Load the room with the best guys you can and assume some attrition.' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly noted in 2018, 'When you're recruiting, you're going to have to have it in your mind that if your No. 2 doesn't feel like he's going to get a shot, you may lose him. I've come to grips with it a couple years ago. I don't see it changing.' As for what Daniels' arrival in Athens means for the 2020 quarterback situation, there's been a lot of speculation that he might challenge Newman for the starter's spot, if he's given a waiver by the NCAA to play immediately for UGA. Some even have floated the idea that Smart brought Daniels in because he has concluded he needs an option besides Newman. I'm skeptical about that idea, however. Yes, Daniels was the third highest rated QB in the 2018 class (behind Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields), and only the second true freshman quarterback to start an opener for the Trojans. And, he did that after graduating one year early from the vaunted Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California (which also produced Bama's Bryce Young ) . Still, his freshman numbers were solid, but not spectacular (the USC team wasn't very good that year). And, while he did win the initial battle to keep the starting job last season, he lost it due to injury. Rising sophomore Kedon Slovis, who stepped in for Daniels and proceeded to shatter USC's freshman records on his way to Pac-12 offensive freshman of the year honors, was widely expected to retain his starting job this year, leaving Daniels as the odd man out, according to Ryan Kartje, the USC beat writer at the Los Angeles Times. Thus, Daniels transferred. Meanwhile, Newman is a dual passing-running threat who put up some impressive numbers the past couple of seasons at Wake Forest, and already is drawing NFL interest. If Daniels is eligible and physically able to participate fully in preseason camp, I'm sure he'll be given a chance to compete for the starter's job, and competition usually makes the eventual starter better (certainly, Fromm played better the two seasons when he had to beat out highly rated competition). However, the biggest reason I'm skeptical about Daniels' chances of taking the starter's spot this season is simply the fact that he's coming back from a major injury. Assuming preseason practice begins sometime in July or August (based on the current prevailing wind favoring starting the season on time), it still will be less than a year since Daniels suffered a season-ending ACL injury in USC's first game of last season. Had USC been able to hold spring practice this year, Daniels wouldn't have been cleared to participate fully, because he still was recovering from a second clean-up surgery on his knee. He is expected to be good to go by August, but it's the rare athlete who gets back in top form that quickly after rehabbing a knee. Remember, as good as Nick Chubb was in 2016, returning from knee surgery, it wasn't really until the 2017 season that he was his old self. And it wasn't until late last season that Zamir White, also coming back from knee surgery, appeared to be regain his form fully. So, while Daniels might be available as a backup in 2020, if needed, I tend to think that, in bringing him in to the program, Smart really has his eye more on 2021, and the chance to have an experienced QB behind center when the Dawgs open with Clemson in Charlotte. Finally, there's one more reason for Bulldog Nation to celebrate Daniels' arrival in Athens: Tennessee, which has been drawing considerable hype with its own recruiting lately, was hoping he'd wind up in Knoxville after he entered the transfer portal in April. Instead, we get the latest example of the stratospheric level at which Smart is recruiting these days. The post UGA quarterback room likely won't stay crowded' very long appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week, a number of protests have occurred across the country with regard to racism and police brutality. Georgia coach Kirby Smart shared his thoughts on the matter on Saturday afternoon. 'I firmly stand against of all kinds,' Smart said in a note posted to his Twitter account. 'I realize that I feel this differently, but I am hurting for the young black men on my team, I am hurting for the black men on our staff. I cannot imagine the agony, grief and fear that our black communities feel today and every other day. 'I do not have the answers but I am committed to moving with purpose and being part of the solutions. We have to make a change. We have to be better.' Just my thoughts pic.twitter.com/PMUB6y9e7J Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) May 30, 2020 Smart was not the only Georgia coach to speak out on the matter of race on Saturday, as a number of Georgia position coaches posted on their Twitter accounts about the issue. The likes of Glenn Schumann, Dan Lanning, Charlton Warren and Cortez Hankton all posted picture of them with the players they coach, while running backs coach Dell McGee shared a message from Martin Luther King Jr. 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' DR. MLK This can't continue! Praying for a better future. To whom much is given, much will be required. (Luke12:48) #CoachesStandForJustice Dell McGee (@DellMcGee) May 30, 2020 This is my family and I love them. They deserve to be treated with love, respect, and equality. Period. pic.twitter.com/EJN9UMepfT Glenn Schumann (@CoachSchuUGA) May 30, 2020 Couldn't have said it better. #Family #BePartOfTheSolution https://t.co/rs91AqVR1y pic.twitter.com/9ipPke23o4 Dan Lanning (@CoachDanLanning) May 30, 2020 'The time is always right to do what is right' MLK. My family deserves respect, love and justice! #Together #Family #BePartOfTheSolution https://t.co/CXxNABOjgk pic.twitter.com/SbTAyaWheE Charlton Warren (@CoachCwarren) May 30, 2020 Respect. Equality. Justice. Love. #Family #bepartofthesolution https://t.co/TY5TiZiUox pic.twitter.com/rDdgmMn5Al Cortez Hankton Jr. (@Coach_Hankton) May 30, 2020 Hankton, the Georgia wide receivers coach, also posted a lengthy message about why he got into coaching and the importance of being a role model to so many. 'To all my players, BOTH former and current, I love you,' Hankton wrote. 'My ears and heart will always be open for any conversation. Have awareness for the things that are occurring around you It's ok to feel a certain way.' We all got into this profession for a reason to lead, love, and develop. More importantly to be role models. What you STAND for means everything! Just my thoughts. Just my heart. pic.twitter.com/lqMx604hc1 Cortez Hankton Jr. (@Coach_Hankton) May 30, 2020 Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, the only African American head football coach in the SEC also posted a lengthy thread regarding the matters facing the country. Only to find that following the rules can sometimes not be enough to keep yourself alive. It's a confusing dilemma to black men, which breeds anger and mistrust because the rules to this game keep changing. Derek Mason (@CoachDerekMason) May 30, 2020 Georgia will have players returning to campus in the coming days, with players able to begin voluntary workouts starting on June 8. Smart spoke earlier this week and outlined the precautions the school will go through to make sure players are safe. Related: Kirby Smart: Georgia football workouts new normal completely different' than pre-COVID19 'I've provided those guys information and each position coach provides his position group information, so we're anticipating everybody coming back on a voluntary basis,' Smart said. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation WATCH: Breaking down the many angles of new Georgia football transfer quarterback JT Daniels Brock Vandagriff: How does that family feel about the addition of JT Daniels? Georgia football podcast: Separating fact from fiction with JT Daniels' UGA transfer Opinion: The 5 UGA players most likely to lead the SEC in a statistical category BREAKING: Elite OL Dylan Fairchild has made his college decision WATCH: QB transfer JT Daniels accurate, cerebral,' per USC beat writer Ryan Young Kirby Smart: Georgia football workouts new normal completely different' than pre-COVID19 Social media split on reaction to Georgia football landing JT Daniels The post Kirby Smart, Georgia assistant coaches speak out regarding death of George Floyd, protests appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Dylan Fairchild is a state heavyweight wrestling champion and an All-American football player out of West Forsyth High School. Needless to say, he is a priority target for the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2021 recruiting cycle. He was so well-regarded by Georgia line coach Matt Luke, that Luke wanted to make sure he offered him in person earlier this year. When he told DawgNation this week he was ready to make his college decision, he spoke with a conviction and a clear purpose that we rarely hear from a recruit. Especially not one rated as the nation's No. 2 OG and the No. 40 overall prospect (247Sports) for the class of 2021. Toss in the global pandemic denying all the college visits he thought needed to take. Sprinkle in the fact that he never thought he'd be committing this early regardless of the COVID-19 concerns. Fairchild just knows. He makes a very telling case. 'It was always Georgia and Auburn,' Fairchild said. 'I think it was those two. Those were the closest but I think that Georgia was there. I think I was sitting there and I don't think I had that two hour or three-hour conversation with other schools like I did with coach Matt Luke and coach [Kirby Smart] to get to know each other.' 'To get to really really know each other. The more I am around Coach Luke and I see his style and the way he coaches and takes care of his kids, the more I have grown closer with him. We've built a very good bond.' The 4-star prospect becomes the ninth public commitment of the 2021 recruiting class in Athens. That moves the Bulldogs up to the nation's No. 12 class for 2021 on the 247Sports Team Composite rankings. 'Georgia is going to be the best of both worlds for me,' he said. 'Even with football, I am picking a school that even without football I would want to go too. You never know what could happen. This football life could end in one moment. I think I am going to go to a place where I am going to be happy with football and I am going to be happy with school, too.' 'I think Georgia is really the best of both worlds. I think all the pieces of a national championship are falling right into Georgia's hands. I want to be a part of that and do something special over there. I think that me and a few other guys have that same mindset. I'm just ready to go.' 'I've been talking with Brock [Vandagriff] and Micah Morris and a few other guys and we are all with this. We are ready to be a part of something really special at Georgia.' Dylan Fairchild: This is one committed member of the class He actually knew he wanted to be a Bulldog before he got his first Georgia hat. The West Forsyth rising senior called the Georgia staff at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. That was a private chat and he made his commitment. He then joined DawgNation for a special recruiting announcement on its Facebook and YouTube social channels. When Fairchild sent out his tweet letting the world know he was a Bulldog, he was live on the air with DawgNation. 'If I were to do this without the whole coronavirus thing going around I would go see the Georgia coaches and do it in person,' Fairchild said. 'It just wanted to give them that respect and call them. Person to person. Just tell them I was 100 percent with this and ready to go. I'm ready to get to work already.' It was a bit unexpected here, but he said the fact he couldn't visit the Georgia coaches in person actually helped him come to that decision faster than he ever expected. 'The Zoom meetings really helped me more,' Fairchild said. 'It really made it feel like I was doing a one-on-one with the coaches on a recruiting visit. I don't think it would have been the same for me with that if I was on a recruiting visit on the campus at Georgia. You can really ask the questions you would really want to ask face-to-face and in some circumstances it helped even more than doing it when you are around a bunch of people and have a lot of activities going on.' 'I think in my case the Zooms actually helped me more.' Fairchild ranks as the nation's No. 7 OG and the No. 135 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He grew up a Georgia fan with his family barking at the TV every Saturday in the fall. His family is made up of mostly Bulldogs with a few Georgia Tech fans sprinkled in. 'I don't know it is just like it kind of all matches up,' Fairchild said. 'There's just no way that if I went to any other school. There's no way at any point that I would regret it if I went to Georgia. It was just meant to happen. All the recruiting put aside, I just think that degree from Georgia is just going to be the best fit for me. I've never been more excited about something.' Check out his junior highlight reel. Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. The post BREAKING: Elite OL Dylan Fairchild has made his college decision appeared first on DawgNation.