Chat with Kipp Adams
Welcome to DawgNation! On Monday, recruiting writer Kipp Adams stops by to chat about the state of Georgia football personnel.
Adams joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering University of Georgia football and basketball recruiting for five years at Rivals.com. He lives in Sandy Springs, Ga., and enjoys spending time with his two sons. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kipp Adams (1:03 PM)
Hello everyone. Hope everyone is enjoying MLK day. We are coming down the recruiting home stretch toward signing day, and it looks like another exciting finish is in story for Georgia. Lets dig into these questions, shall we?
Tyler (Athens, GA)
Kipp How much of a chance do the dawgs have at getting Mike Davis now that both Gurley and Marshall have committed?
Kipp Adams (1:04 PM)
None really. Davis had planned for weeks to commit to South Carolina, and the only chance Georgia had in getting him was to make a push for him before he took his official to South Carolina. Once they knew they had Todd Gurley, they were happy with what they had and there was no need to pursue Davis anymore. Gurley was always their top target at running back after Marshall.
Who do you think is better, Todd gurley or Keith Marshall?
Kipp Adams (1:05 PM)
Great question Cj. While Marshall has long been the higher ranked running back between the two, Gurley has emerged over the last few months as a top tier running back as well, even out producing Marshall his senior year. Marshall has the higher upside, drawing comparisons to Reggie Bush because of his explosiveness out of the backfield, but Gurley might be a better fit for what Georgia does on offense. I still give the edge to Marshall talent wise, but Gurley could have a more productive career because of his size/speed combination.
Hey Kipp, whats the holdup on a Darby offer? I know we're confident on Dawson but it looks like Redmond is sticking w/ MSST and the situation Moore is way to cloudy. We need some DBs this class and cant afford to only take one.. Not saying we'd get Darby, be he'd atleast have to consider playing football and running track with his two buds (not to mention the wide open competition at CB next year)
Kipp Adams (1:08 PM)
There is no doubt that Ronald Darby is considered one of the top athletes in the 2012 class, but for what Georgia is looking for, it appears they like others more. I think even with Redmond sticking with Mississippi State, there might be others out there that have not surfaced that Georgia likes over Darby, even though they might not be ranked as high by any analysts. It's a situation where finding the right fit is more important to the coaching staff, and honestly I do not think Darby would have seriously considered Georgia even if they had offered.
should we be concerned that Cordarrelle Patterson is visiting LSU next weekend?
Kipp Adams (1:10 PM)
Definitely. Georgia could be in the driver's seat right now heading into the week, but that LSU visit is looming large. The Tigers will be selling playing time and their accomplishments this year to Patterson, who has kept his recruitment mostly to himself. He currently intends on announcing his decision on Feb 1st, and it could come down to the wire. Expect LSU to become a major player unless his visit does not go well.
Any new news on Avery Young?
Kipp Adams (1:11 PM)
Nothing new other than Georgia and Florida visited with Young over the weekend, and he intends on making his final official to Miami. Still a 3-team battle with Auburn, Florida and Georgia at the moment, and like Jordan Jenkins and Joshua Harvey-Clemons, it could come down to the Bulldogs and the Gators. Mark Richt still has an in-home with Young, and that will be huge for UGA.
anything new with Reuben Foster?
Kipp Adams (1:11 PM)
Coach Lilly went to check on Reuben on Friday. Reuben is going to be a roller coaster ride for another year, but in my eyes it is worth it for Georgia, and they will definitely continue to push for him until signing day 2013. Foster knows there is a great chance to play early at Georgia, and that will keep them in the hunt.
Joe Crain (Georgia)
What are your predictions on JHC, Avery Young, Cordarelle Patterson and Sheldon Dawson?
Kipp Adams (1:12 PM)
Recruiting predictions are tough enough when announcements are only days away, but with two weeks, anything could happen to chance the outcome. That being said if signing day were today, I feel Josh Harvey-Clemons, Avery Young, Cordarelle Patterson and Sheldon Dawson would sign with Georgia.
Wayne I. (Milner, Ga)
Why do you think Davis went with South Carolina over UGA? Do you think it was out of spite?
Kipp Adams (1:14 PM)
Not at all. I honestly do not feel Georgia ever made a serious push for Davis, and South Carolina had been recruiting him throughout the process. They did a nice job of selling him on Lattimore leaving after this year, and with him coming off the injury, Mike felt he had a chance to go in and earn some early carries. Georgia could have made it interesting, but Gurley was their top target and they got him.
Is Robert Nkemdiche still a so-called "lock" for bama? If not, where does UGA stand with him?
Kipp Adams (1:18 PM)
Locks are for doors and bikes in my opinion. In recruiting, everything is fluid. That being said, Alabama is currently a school Robert is thinking a lot about, and he is very interested in the Tide. Georgia has emerged as a top 5-6 school in his mind, and they have impressed him lately.Having seen what transpired with Jordan Jenkins over the last year, I would not count out the Bulldogs at all. They are right down the road from Nkemdiche, and are emerging as a top defense under Todd Grantham. Its a marathon, not a sprint.
Where do you see Dalvin Tomlinson eventually ending up with?
Kipp Adams (1:20 PM)
I was told Tomlinson did not make his expected official to Georgia today, so that is something to keep an eye on. If I were to guess today, I would say Georgia Tech would be the choice unless Alabama or Florida had a spot open for him.
Do you see UGA having a legit shot with Sean Price?
Kipp Adams (1:21 PM)
I think Price, currently committed to USF, is debating on whether or not he wants to make an official to Georgia. That will be key in the Bulldogs' chances of adding the four star tight end. If he arrives in Athens, then they definitely a legitimate player for his signature.
Michael (Jacksonville, NC)
I sure everyone else is asking, but what is the word on Josh Harvey-Clemons visit over the weekend?
Kipp Adams (1:23 PM)
I am told the visit went very well with Josh, and Georgia is in great shape to land the top rated prospect in Georgia for 2012.
Give me one name that you think we will sign that isn't main street, but could have an impact down the road???
Kipp Adams (1:28 PM)
Currently committed, I would say offensive lineman Chester Brown. People look at Theus and pencil him in as a starter next year, but I would not be surprised if Brown develops into just as good a player as Theus at Georgia.One thing people do not realize is how much of a project high school offensive linemen are. It is one of, if not the toughest position to evaluate, and the transition to college competition and practice is very difficult for many highly rated linemen. Having seen Chester on film and in person, I feel his upside is huge.Uncommitted I would say Sheldon Dawson. One scout who has evaluated talent for over 15 years said Dawson is one of the quickest players he has ever seen. I am not sold on Dawson as a defensive back in run support just yet, but he could be a big help on special teams, and possibly even more over the next years if he were to choose Georgia.
Looking at wide receivers, who do you see us actually signing??? I see the report today that Patterson loved his Ole Miss visit this weekend and still has LSU to visit as well.
Kipp Adams (1:31 PM)
I still think Georgia is in great shape with Patterson, and I feel he could be a Bulldog when all is said and done. It is going to be a big battle between SEC schools, but he is an elite talent and would instantly upgrade UGA on offense for 2012. If he goes elsewhere, I am not sure if Georgia extends another WR offer because he currently does not plan to announce until signing day.MLK WR Blake Tibbs is a good talent as well and once he gets stronger could develop into a productive receiver in Athens.
Jacob (Close enough to Athens, GA)
What causes the differences in class rankings? Before Gurley committed, ESPNU had Georgia at 7, Scout had us at 22, and Rivals had us at 17. Do these rankings account for teams filling needs? For instance, if a team is stacked at quarterback but signs to 5 star qbs, would that team get a better ranking than a team that lacks running back depth and signs 1 5 star rb?
Kipp Adams (1:32 PM)
I cannot speak for other companies, but I can say that the ESPN class rankings are based upon a number of factors, with need and talent being at the top. So yes our rankings do account for each team's needs, and the quality of talent they fill those needs with.
Any feelings of lost momentum with Redmond staying with Miss St and Davlin not coming to his OV today?
Kipp Adams (1:35 PM)
Should not be. Just the way things are leading up to signing day. Going to be a lot of ups and downs as each school makes a push for the top talent remaining on the board.
Billy (Atlanta, GA)
Today we've learned that Redmond is solid to MSU, Dalvin didn't make the trip, LSU is threatening us for Patterson.. can you tell us anything to make me feel better?
Kipp Adams (1:39 PM)
Georgia has a top 5 class right now and has a great chance of signing the top prospect in Georgia in Josh Harvey-Clemons, as well as offensive tackle Avery Young, outside linebacker Kenderius Whitehead, athlete Sheldon Dawson, and I still think they land Cordarrelle Patterson.Lot of top talent still on the board, and anything could happen in the next two weeks. Just have to enjoy the ride and see where it takes you.
Dale (Colquitt, Ga)
Will UGA offer Jordan Moore? IS Geno Smith looking aorund
Kipp Adams (1:43 PM)
I think Georgia is looking at Moore, but no offer as of now. Depends on how he projects to the next level , and how big he gets in my opinion.Geno Smith was visited by Georgia on Friday, but after his official to Alabama this weekend, he let me know he is NOT taking an official to UGA.
Dallas Lee (Athens)
Can someone talk some sense into my brother? Is there any hope?
Kipp Adams (1:45 PM)
You know him better than I do.
I'm of the opinion that if Faton Bauta would have played his JR season at Dwyer, he would have been much more highly rated, and then after hisproductive SR season, he would have been one of the top QBs in America. At least as good as Kiel and Kelly. Your thoughts of him and my opinion?
Kipp Adams (1:49 PM)
I think that if Faton would have had two seasons to develop in a more pro-style offense, he would be further along as a pure quarterback prospect by now.He did not have an EXTREMELY productive senior season, but he was 88 of 169 for 1432 yards 17 td and 5 interceptions. He also ran for 779 yards and 8 touchdowns.I think Bauta has a lot of upside, and was worthy of taking to see how he develops under Bobo. If not, he does show the athleticism to also possibly transition into a h-back or inside linebacker as well. So really its a no risk situation for Georgia.
Walsh had a very frustrating year, but he played right away as a freshman and had an amazing career. Do you see Morgan being that good next year? What about Barber? Any chance Morgan handles both kicking and punting?
Kipp Adams (1:52 PM)
I think with Georgia's history of bringing in high caliber kickers, Morgan and Barber should have bright futures ahead.Both have incredible leg strength, and although they are going to be thrown right into the fire next year, both appear to have the mental strength to overcome the pressure associated with kicking in the SEC.
Out of our remaining targets, who is our #1 must get?
Kipp Adams (1:53 PM)
Simply my opinion, but I feel Avery Young is the must get for Georgia right now because they lack quality depth at the position. Young might be raw right now, but he could still push for playing time next year.
How many does Georgia sign this year?
Kipp Adams (1:54 PM)
My guess as of now would be 26, but they could sign anywhere from 25-27 in this class.
Is UGA targeting any additional D lineman? Depth looks thin after 2 deep unless Ray Drew and/or Sterling Bailey will be playing on the line.
Kipp Adams (1:55 PM)
As of now, I think Georgia is done at defensive line unless Dalvin Tomlinson decides to commit. They have two Under Armour All-Americans committed in Jonathan Taylor and John Atkins, as well as another 4-star in James Deloach.
Will (LEE co)
If they sign 26 can you name 9 or 10 targets UGA has left?
Kipp Adams (1:58 PM)
Guys left on the board include OT Avery Young, OT Brandon Greene, WR Cordarelle Patterson, TE Sean Price, DL Dalvin Tomlinson, OLB Kenderius Whitehead, OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons, DB Sheldon Dawson, Ricardo Louis, Ja'quay Williams.
Kipp, is it true that our coaching staff is visiting ILB Dalton Santos in Texas? With all of the coaching turnover at UTk, do you think that UGA can enter the picture, and contend for Santos' services?
Kipp Adams (2:00 PM)
ILB coach Kirk Olivadotti is expected to make a visit to see Santos this week. Georgia has been talking to him and they like him, but I think they are trying to do more research and learn more about him before pulling the trigger on an offer.If they offer then Georgia could definitely be a player in his signature.
Nick Saban and Co. already have over 25 commitments, right? When is the 25 commits rule supposed to start?
Kipp Adams (2:02 PM)
The rule is that you can only sign 25 in one class, but you are allowed exceptions if you have an enrollee eligible to be counted toward last year's 85. That also requires less than 25 signed in the previous class, which Alabama did.Remember Georgia also has a chance to bring in more than 25 in this year's class.
Will (LEE co)
Is there anybody on the verge of an offer from UGA we may not know about?
Kipp Adams (2:03 PM)
I definitely think there are a couple guys off the public radar that could earn UGA offers in the next two weeks, especially at defensive back.Should be interesting to see who emerges. Will be working to find that out this week.
Kipp Adams (2:05 PM)
As always, I enjoyed chatting with you guys today. See you again in two weeks, which will be just 48 hours before signing day!In the meantime, you can follow me on twitter @KippLAdamsHave a great MLK day and thanks again for stopping by.