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 email@example.com.
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Kipp Adams (12:00 PM)
Glad everyone could join me for another UGA recruiting chat. Hope you are all cooling off after the blistering weekend. Hard to believe it is already July. As always, those who use twitter can follow me @KippLAdams. Well enough small talk, time to see what questions you have for me this week.
Charlie (Evans, Ga.)
Okay, I'll go ahead and ask it. Does Crowell's departure mean anything to Derrick Henry's recruitment?
Kipp Adams (12:03 PM)
I think it just increases Georgia's need to bring in a back with the talent level of Henry. Does it help their chances of getting him? Too early to tell on that one. Still think Alabama has a great shot to bring him in, but Georgia is still in it. To have a better chance, Georgia needs to get him back on campus with some of the other commitments before the season starts if possible.
Brett (Lagrange, GA)
There are lots of recruits having fun on Twitter and some commits keeping options open. Guys like Foster, Matthews, Wiggins, and Langley are all enjoying the process. With all the talk, which guys can we actually count on signing?
Kipp Adams (12:06 PM)
Nothing is a certainty with verbal commitments. Reuben Foster, Tray Matthews, Shaq Wiggins and Brendan Langley could all end up at several colleges and I would not be surprised.I will say that Shaq Wiggins is very likely sticking with Georgia. Tray Matthews is also solid at the moment, but keep an eye on Auburn.
Do you believe foster is serious about UGA or is he trying to sway players to go to bama. Thanks
Kipp Adams (12:11 PM)
Reuben has always seriously considered UGA and recruiting is difficult for him because he really likes Alabama, Auburn and UGA. All three should be considered contenders for his signature at the moment. But until he says anything publicly about not being committed to Alabama, then he will also continue to publicly say he wants the other top prospects to join him in Tuscaloosa.
With having O'neal, Rankin and Carter right now and hopefully adding Foster and Kimbrough. That gives us 5 ILB! How is OLB looking for this class?
Kipp Adams (12:16 PM)
Would not pencil in all of them at ILB, although UGA has serious depth issues at the position. If Alec Ogletree has the season most are expecting him to have, he could leave for the NFL as a very early draft pick. That would leave Amarlo Herrera, Brandon Burrows and possibly Ramik Wilson as the only ILB on the team.Grantham's philosophy is to get the best players on the field, and not simply look at their natural position. If any of the projected ILB can help them at OLB, that will be considered as well. Ogletree had success lining up at OLB last year, so expect that to continue in the future.UGA has a commitment from 4-star OLB prospect Naim Mustafaa and is in the mix for ESPN 300 prospect Davin Bellamy as well.
It appears now that are top needs for the 2013 class will be DB,WR, OL and maybe running back. How many more guys at those positions can we land? And will any more offers go out later this summer or once the season begins?
Kipp Adams (12:18 PM)
Georgia needs another CB, most likely two more safeties, one to two wide receivers, and at least three more offensive linemen.I expect a couple more offers to go out, possibly at Dawg Night. A few could emerge during their senior season as well.
What is the "real" scoop on R. Fosters visit this past weekend? Will T. Mathews be able to "sway" him?
Kipp Adams (12:22 PM)
The real scoop is that, as always Reuben enjoyed his visit and really likes the coaching staff at Georgia. He has developed really strong relationships with Coach Richt, Coach Lilly, Coach Olivadotti and Coach Grantham, but the problem is that he has done the same at Auburn and Alabama.He is truly torn with his decision, but as long as he remains committed to Alabama, they are the team to beat.Tray Matthews is likely headed to UGA, and that is the only scenario that the Bulldogs get Foster too. Watch out for Auburn as they are trying to sway both to sign with the Tigers.
So now does the Idea of Kamara,Foster,and matthews going to uga look more like a reality?
Kipp Adams (12:23 PM)
I would say the chances have gone up over the last month or so.
Rob (Birmingham, AL)
Is Reuben Foster playing games or is he really going to switch to UGA?
Kipp Adams (12:25 PM)
Reuben might love to joke around, but one thing Reuben is not doing is playing games with anyone. He is faced with one of the toughest decisions of his life, and he sees a chance to make an impact at three SEC programs. He has to find out for himself which one he feels he has the best chance to succeed at.
Jake (Dunwoody GA)
What is the actual possibility of the "fab 5" happening?
Kipp Adams (12:28 PM)
The Fab Five, constructed by UGA CB commit Shaq Wiggins and consisting of Montravius Adams, Shaq Wiggins, Tray Matthews, Reuben Foster and Naim Mustafaa, is only possible if all end up at Georgia.I think it could happen, but Montravius Adams will likely keep people sweating it out until next year. Reuben says people will know where he is going by the start of his senior year. We will see if he is actually ready to make a final decision then, and even then, if he shuts it down in anyway. I doubt his recruitment ends anytime soon.
Keith Marshall, (Athens, GA)
Hey Kipp, pretty smart move for me to come in early for spring ball. Am I the starter opening day?
Kipp Adams (12:32 PM)
Ken Malcome was able to beat out a five-star this spring to earn the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. I would not bet against him getting the nod to start the season either.You have the talent to become a feature back at UGA, and coming in early helps, so you have a chance to make a huge impact this fall.Do not look over your shoulder though, because I would not be surprised one bit if fellow freshman Todd Gurley is getting the majority of the carries toward the end of the season.
If you had to make a call now, who gets Foster and Kamara? What % would you give UGA at 1 of them at dawgnight?
Kipp Adams (12:35 PM)
I would say Alabama for Foster because that is who he is committed to, but it is so close between UGA Alabama and Auburn right now that it would likely be a 40-30-30 split. I would give Georgia the edge for Kamara at the moment. Not going to predict either commit at Dawg Night, but anything could happen if UGA is able to get both on campus for Georgia's biggest recruiting event of the summer.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Vernon Hargreaves is reportedly favoring the Florida schools. What other options are the Bulldogs pursuing at corner?
Kipp Adams (12:36 PM)
All eyes are on Kell (Ga.) ATH Brendan Langley at the moment. He has been the Bulldogs' top target at CB since he was offered back in February.
I dont understand why some recruits might switch to the school's rival. With Tray being committed to UGA, you would think he would hate AU like most UGA fans/players. With recruits like Tray who have been committed to UGA for a while, wouldn't dislike for AU/GT/FL build up?
Kipp Adams (12:39 PM)
Because fans grow up going to games and building up that dislike for other teams. Prospects often do not even pay attention to that before getting to high school. They build strong relationships with college coaches, who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to connect with top recruits/families and sell them on having success at their program.These places have similar facilities, the chance to play in big stadiums, on TV, and get a great education. It is not about the rivalries with most athletes. Those same players who played at rival programs often go on to be teammates & friends in the NFL as well.
Who is Kipp Adams? I log onto the chat and I see I'm talking to Kipp Adams. I ain't ever heard of no Kipp Adams. Just go ahead and tell me why I should care what Kipp Adams got to say.
Kipp Adams (12:48 PM)
Kipp Adams is a goofy-looking kid from Brunswick, Ga. that somehow managed to get a job covering college recruiting for ESPN. If you enjoy college sports, college football in particular, then you might be interested in learning more about the upcoming stars for your favorite program. I am one of the writers for the ESPN Recruiting Nation network that covers the top football prospects every year. I cover UGA recruiting right now, so if you have any questions about that area, fire away. I definitely care about what Rufus has to say, so thanks for joining our chat today.
Who could possibly commit to UGA on Dawg Night and where do you see Josh Mcneil or Hunter Henry commiting to?
Kipp Adams (12:55 PM)
I think there are a couple prospects that could end up making decisions in the next month. Quincy Mauger, Tim Kimbrough, Brendan Langley, Alvin Kamara, Antonio Riles and Jordan Davis are all guys to keep an eye on if they show up in Athens on July 13.Not sure if Josh McNeil will go through with his decision at the Opening or hold off for awhile. I think Hunter Henry wants to get a better look at the new Arkansas coach before making a decision. Alabama and UGA are right there for him as well.
Max Olson (HornsNation)
I will vouch for Kipp: I've heard of Kipp Adams, and I care what Kipp Adams got to say.
Kipp Adams (12:57 PM)
Thanks Max! If Max says it, it is worth listening to !
where do you see von bell going?i know UGA has room for WR's CB's and OL, but does bringing them in a single yr hurt the chances of landing elite players?
Kipp Adams (1:01 PM)
I give the edge to Ohio State and Tennessee for Vonn Bell right now, but I do not think he is as close to choosing either program as people think. Other programs have a shot if they can get the Under Armour All-American on campus more.Elite players should not be afraid of competition, especially if there is playing time to be had. I have seen programs bring in multiple top talents at the same position before and have prolonged success doing it. USC and Alabama have done it in recent years, and UGA is hoping to do the same to take that next step as a program.With as few as 50 players returning next year, they will need to bring in as many top players as they can.
Bradley (The Bahamas)
Bo Scarborough is from the heart of of Tide Country. Do you think UGA has any chance with him with the recent loss of Isaiah, or do you think he is Bama bound?
Kipp Adams (1:03 PM)
There is little doubt Bo loved his UGA visit, even stating it was better there than at Alabama. But long way to go between now and January 2014, which is when he told me he planned to make his decision.Recruiting is a marathon, so if UGA wants a chance to steal an elite talent out of Alabama's backyard, it will have to keep its foot on the gas for the next 18 months.
Kipp Adams (1:03 PM)
Ok guys that does it for today. Had a blast and look forward to doing it again in two weeks following Dawg Night.