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.
Send your questions now and join Adams Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
Kipp Adams (1:01 PM)
Hello everyone, thanks again for joining me. For those on twitter you can follow me @KippLAdams. I will do my best to get to as many questions as possible today.
Weston (Green Bay, WI)
With the commitments we have already and current depth at the positions, I see our needs at RB and QB already met for this year's class. The position that I've noticed that's gotten less attention on offense in recent times is the WR position. We used to pull in at least one of the top 10 WR each year, but I didn't see that last year. With a great commitment from Terry already, do you see us realistically signing any other top WR's this year? I mean, with King, Brown, and Wooten all set to leave soon and the number of scholarships available this year, I feel like WR should be just a much as a priority as our offensive line this year.
Kipp Adams (1:06 PM)
It is clear that Georgia would like to bring in a couple more receivers after Tramel Terry.Ahmad Fulwood is one of the top wideouts in the country, and he continues to mention UGA as a school he has legitimate interest in. Getting him on campus will be key to Georgia's chances of being a serious contender for Fulwood.Marques North fits what Georgia looks for in a receiver, and he is another that I could see the Bulldogs make a big push for. They have had a lot of success recruiting offensive talent out of the Tarheel State, and North could be that guy in the 2013 class.
Sandy Price (Oglethorpe, GA)
Kipp, In your expert opinion, what are the Dawgs chances on signing Reuben Foster or Robert Nkemdiche? What other top recruits does GA have a shot at?
Kipp Adams (1:12 PM)
Would not be a UGA recruiting chat without a Robert Nkemdiche and Reuben Foster inquiry. I think UGA is still on the outside looking in for Robert, but he does really like the coaching staff in Athens. Although LSU was mentioned on top following his last visit, I see it as a battle between Alabama and Ole Miss at the moment for Nkemdiche. But it will not end until he signs his letter of intent.Foster is another story entirely. He seems to have just as much interest in Georgia and Auburn as he does Alabama, but right now the biggest question for him is "where will he attend high school this fall?" If he moves to Alabama, that could hinder Georgia's chances somewhat with the elite linebacker.Foster could very well end up in Athens next year, but as I have said all along, it will be a long battle for his services. The UGA commitments he is close friends with, along with his relationship with Richt and Todd Grantham, give the Bulldogs a strong chance.Georgia has a chance with Montravius Adams as well, and his coach says he could be back at UGA this week to check out practice. He is an elite prospect in his own right, and would be a huge get for the DL.
Hey Kipp...What do you think the possibility of UGA getting Shamire Devine and Dominique Threat from TriCities HS? Also, who are their priorities on the OL?
Kipp Adams (1:17 PM)
From what Shamire tells me, UGA has not been on him as much as other programs recently, but as always that could change week to week. Threatt is an intriguing offer as an OG, but I am not sure how interested he is in playing offense because every camp he attends he asks to work out on the defensive line. Also UGA is in great shape with other interior OL like Brandon Kublanow and Josh Cardiello, so his spot might not be there by the time he is ready to decide.Right now I would say Laremy Tunsil, Devondre Seymour, Delando Crooks, Aulden Bynum, Cardiello and Kublanow are the priorities, but with the need to sign 5-6 they are likely to seek out more help over the next few months unless they get all of the above names.
Do you think we have any chance flipping Foster at this point?
Kipp Adams (1:18 PM)
Yes I think Georgia has a great chance actually, but Alabama is not going to go down without a fight. Not sure how many commitments Nick Saban has lost at Alabama, but it has to be very few, if any.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who will be the First Georgia Bulldog to get Selected in the 2012 NFL Draft?
Kipp Adams (1:21 PM)
Have seen you submit this question quite often, so I feel I would address it, even though it is not my area of expertise. I would be shocked if offensive lineman Cordy Glenn is not the first Bulldog drafted, and he should go in the middle to late 1st round. Tight end Orson Charles is likely to go next in the 2nd-3rd round.
James Williams (Atlanta)
Does uga have a chance with nick glass?
Kipp Adams (1:22 PM)
Glass told me back in January that UGA was his dream offer, and during his last visit to Athens he got the news he had been hoping for. But as most recruiting fans know, it is not always that simple with so many excellent options for him to choose from. That being said, I think the Bulldogs stand a great chance to get an outstanding athlete with growth potential.
xixnyne (jax fla.)
Whats your thought on Brice Ramsey? Some have been dropping him in their ratings but i have seen him live in games and camps and the kid is the real deal.
Kipp Adams (1:25 PM)
Well the ESPN rankings have yet to come out, so I will wait until later this month to see where our analysts put Ramsey. I have seen Ramsey in camps since he was in 8th grade, and he has displayed the most fluid throwing motion of any quarterback to come out of Georgia in the last five years. He is tall, his confidence has grown over the last two years, and he had a great 1st season starting for Camden County.People might not be able to see huge # or a lot of throws in Camden's offense, but I see a young passer getting experience under center and in playaction situations. That is becoming somewhat rare in the emergence of the spread offense at the HS level. That will pay dividends once he gets to Athens.
Bulldog Roofing (Atlanta, Ga)
Robert N, Rueben F, Laremy T, who do we stand the best chance of landing on NSD?
Kipp Adams (1:26 PM)
Tough call there, but I would give a slight edge to Reuben Foster over Laremy since Reuben has been to Athens more recently.
Eric A. (East Campus)
Is UGA still planning on taking two running backs in the 2013 class? If so, who do you think will be that second back?
Kipp Adams (1:28 PM)
I think UGA would love to add a special talent if possible to compliment Derrick Henry, and that prospect is Alvin Kamara of Norcross. A couple offers might go out to other elite RB that emerge, but right now Kamara would be a perfect fit to finish up running back recruiting for UGA in 2013.
Bulldog Roofing (Atlanta, GA)
With all the DB attrition, who does UGA seem to be putting the hardest press
Kipp Adams (1:29 PM)
Right now that prospect would be Brendan Langley at Kell High School. He is the tall defensive back that Coach Lakatos likes in his scheme, and he has been told he is the top CB on the board for UGA this year.
Its conceivable to think we're in Fullwood (CU, UF, UGA) and North's (UNC, UF, UGA) top 3. Do think its realistic that we land either one? Also, how many WOs do you think we bring in this class? TIA Kipp
Kipp Adams (1:31 PM)
As mentioned earlier, I think those are the top two WR on the board, and they stand a solid chance with both. Tough to project # so early, but my guess right now is that UGA would like to bring in at least 3 wide receivers in this class.
How do UGA stand with our top instate offensive line targets?OT: Seymour, DeVine, Bynum, Crooks, BrownOG/OC: Kublanow, Cardiello, Outlaw, ThreattHow many OL do we take in 2013? Also, who do you think UGA has the best shot with out of that group?
Kipp Adams (1:33 PM)
I think Georgia is the leader for Devondre Seymour, and could be the leader for Aulden Bynum, Delando Crooks and Brandon Kublanow at the moment.Georgia will likely try to take at LEAST 5 offensive linemen in 2013.
Will Bishop (Americus, GA)
What is the maximum amount of players that UGA can sign with all the attitrion that has come about lately?
Kipp Adams (1:36 PM)
As I mentioned here: http://insider.espn.go.com/colleges/georgia/football/recruiting/story/_/id/7682963/georgia-bulldogs-potential-sign-30-recruits-class-2013UGA could potentially sign as many as 33, depending on how many spots they have under the 85 limit. That would include 8 early enrollees and 25 more on signing day.
Do recruiters look a the Nike Sparq results to decide what player they might pursue or do they look after they have already started looking a player.
Kipp Adams (1:38 PM)
The Nike Sparq numbers are more of an indicator of the overall athleticism of a high school athlete compare to that of the average D1 signee. It is not a complete indicator of where you can play at the next level, but it does provide a lot of value in that the results are a verifiable source as far as measurement and speed, unlike some of the inflated numbers you can see pop up from other camps and prospect profiles.
Do you think the Browns trade picks with the Vikings to get Richardson or Tannehill?
Kipp Adams (1:42 PM)
Sweet an NFL Draft question. While I am sure the Browns would love to have a chance to grab either Richardson, I think the Vikings would be foolish to trade down.They have tried to boost the value of the pick by proclaiming their love for Morris Claiborne lately, but in my opinion they need to take the 3rd best player in the draft in OT Matt Kalil.
Kipp, do you think that we are leading for Max Garcia?
Kipp Adams (1:44 PM)
Definitely did coming into his official visits, and nothing has occurred since then to really change my thoughts. The Bulldogs give Garcia a chance to stay close to home, get a lot of playing time, and compete in the SEC.
tanner (Valdosta, Ga)
Hey Kipp just wondering where UGA stands with the prospects not from the southeast, is there any chance a few of them may visit? -thanks
Kipp Adams (1:49 PM)
LB Tim Kimbrough Jr is one prospect that visited recently and came away with an offer. The people that I have spoken to say the Indiana standout really enjoyed his trip, and the Bulldogs could be a serious contender at the moment for the ESPNU 150 Watch List selection.Juco WR Corey Smith has not been mentioned too much in regards to UGA recruiting, but he has a lot of interest in Georgia as well.
Bulldog Roofing (Atlanta, GA)
Who is the most important early commitment for UGA as far as helping us with future recruits?
Kipp Adams (1:51 PM)
I think many of the early commitments have been very vocal in their pursuit of other top UGA targets. Tray Matthews worked on DeAndre Johnson and has long been pulling Reuben Foster to join him. Shaq Wiggins has been in Athens working on Foster, Montravius Adams and several others. Brice Ramsey recruited Tramel Terry to UGA, Derrick Henry and Ramsey have been working on Laremy Tunsil as well. Great group for UGA to have early and one of the best classes in recent memory as far as working publicly to help Georgia.
Now that Georgia is close to 75 offers with im sure more to come and only around 30 spots open including the including the early enrolles. Add that with the factor so many players are raving about there time in athens. Do you believe people will start jumping on board to secure spots at certain positions like OL and WR.
Kipp Adams (1:56 PM)
I think the offensive line is one that could see some movement soon. There are a lot of offensive linemen looking at UGA, and the dominoes could start to fall there soon. At WR, none of the targets seem really close to deciding, so that position could take a little longer to fill up.
Don Curry (Tuscaloosa)
I'm curious about Foster.In an interview last week he told Tidenation that his commitment was "solid" and that Alabama was "home".What leads you to believe he will end up at UGA?
Kipp Adams (2:01 PM)
I never said I thought he would end up at UGA. Only that there is a strong chance he could end up in Athens. Every prospect can say he is solid until he is ready to announce otherwise. His continued visits and strong interest in other programs clearly indicates his decision is not "final." To be fair, I also said very rarely, if ever, has Saban lost a commitment at Alabama. Foster has as many in his ear pulling him to UGA as he does Alabama, so I expect him to take a long look at both programs over the next 9-10 months.
Alright, Kipp. Give me the name of an offensive and defensive prospect that you think UGA could be on the verge of offering. Also, what do you think of Ryne Rankin and the chance that UGA offers? One last thing, how does UGA stand w/ Reggie Carter? Leader?
Kipp Adams (2:05 PM)
Tough to say, but Brett Steverson of Fitzgerald is a good looking OL prospect to keep an eye on. For defense, Jay Woods would have an offer already if he were a bit taller. Nevertheless, he could get a long look from UGA during the evaluation period.Rankin might be one that needs to camp at UGA for an offer.I think Reggie Carter is one to watch as far as looking for the next to make a commitment. UGA could be the school to beat.
Kipp Adams (2:07 PM)
Alright guys, that is all for today. Tried to get to as many of your questions as I could, but sorry if I did not answer them all. Feel free to submit them here and I might answer them in next week's mailbag:http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/recruiting/mailbag/_/id/40371/school/georgiaSee you again in two weeks!