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 (1:02 PM)
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Thanks for joining me to discuss UGA recruiting for the next hour. I will try to answer as many questions as you have, so I appreciate your patience. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @KippLAdams.Time to get started.
IBDawg (San Diego)
Do you see Shaq Wiggins and Tray Matthews staying committed?
Kipp Adams (1:08 PM)
Auburn has shaken things up a bit with the commitment of 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster, but I do not see it affecting the status of Shaq Wiggins or Tray Matthews at the moment. Both continue to recruit for UGA, and I would still project both to sign with the Bulldogs if signing day were today. Unfortunately it is not, so expect the Tigers to try to get Matthews on campus before the end of the summer to try and sway him and his mother. Not sure how hard Auburn is recruiting Wiggins at the moment, but it bears watching as he is one of the best prospects for the Bulldogs in this class.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Georgia missed out on Foster, but what should Dawg fans be most excited about with the commitment and future arrival of Kimbrough?
Kipp Adams (1:12 PM)
Kimbrough is going to bring the heat in the middle, whether in run support or as a blitzer. He is right at 6-foot, 228 pounds, and should be able to add some weight without limiting his explosiveness. His addition, along with Ryne Rankin, Johnny O'Neal and Reggie Carter, gives UGA an excellent group of inside linebackers to work with.
Is Langley close with the other core of recruits including Shaq, Tre, Kamara, etc? You don't hear him about much when those guys are putting stuff out there.. Also, with everything that is going on with Tre and Shaq to Auburn, would a commitment from Kamara put an end to all the talk? Thanks
Kipp Adams (1:14 PM)
Brendan Langley talks to the other commitments, but he also tends to keep to himself. At Dawg Night, he did not spend as much time around the other commitments as Alvin Kamara or Derrick Henry did.I think if Alvin Kamara were to commit to Georgia, it would strengthen the bond between Tray Matthews & Shaq Wiggins. Not sure if it would put an end to Auburn's pursuit, but it would definitely help UGA.
What was the result of some of our commits visits to other schools visits? Specifically Shaq and Tray as I feel they are the glue of our class.
Kipp Adams (1:18 PM)
Tray Matthews did not visit anywhere this weekend to my knowledge. Shaq Wiggins is at Vanderbilt now and will visit Tennessee and Auburn later this week.Commitments have taken visits to other schools in every class. Garrison Smith, John Theus and Damian Swann all took visits to programs all over the country.I think both are solid, but lots of programs are tying very hard to make them look around.
Where are we on the recruitment of Mo Adams and Laremy Tunsil?
Kipp Adams (1:20 PM)
Still very much in the mix. Neither prospect has mentioned making a decision this year, so getting them on campus for games this fall is the next step in maintaining a spot at the top and making a push for the lead.There is a chance Montravius Adams visits UGA before the school year begins, but it should not be considered make or break if he is unable to make the trip.
Keenan (Atlanta, GA)
Will Derrick Henry and Shaq Wiggins be in Athens August 2013?
Kipp Adams (1:23 PM)
Both are hoping to enroll early at the program of their choice, so they will likely arrive on a college campus in January.I expect Wiggins to be in Athens. Georgia still feels good about Henry, but at the moment I think he has given Alabama more reason to think he will be in Tuscaloosa come 2013.
Do you think UGA would consider offering Mackenzie Alexander's brother, Mackenroe?
Kipp Adams (1:25 PM)
Depends on if Georgia is able to get commitments from safety Paris Bostik (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and/or one of the juco targets in Shaquille Fluker or former UGA player Chris Sanders.There might not be room to take on another safety.
Do you see Paris Bostick growing into an ILB in UGA's defense? Or does he stick at safety all 4 year?
Kipp Adams (1:28 PM)
Georgia was looking for a bigger strong safety to help in run support, and with Bostick being almost the same size as Shawn Williams right now, they have found just that. Williams did admirably when asked to fill in at ILB last year, so Bostick could be asked to do the same in some situations.He provides the versatility as an inside the box safety/hybrid linebacker, and it all depends on how much bigger he gets.
How will Reggie Wilkerson fit in?
Kipp Adams (1:32 PM)
Wilkerson is a cornerback prospect with a lot of upside. He does a great job in man-to-man coverage, has the ability to make plays on the ball when it is in the air. A football savvy player who knows how to get the job done, and once he learns more about coverages could develop into a solid starter for UGA.
Corey (St. Petersburg, Florida)
What's going to be the final numbers for the Bulldogs' 2013 class, are we still looking at a 30 or more signees?
Kipp Adams (1:33 PM)
With Leonard Floyd and John Atkins heading to prep school, Georgia could now sign up to 36, depending on how many they have on campus this fall.
Ace (Twin City, GA)
With McNeil's academic standing in question, has the staff started turning up the heat of the recruitment of Hunter Henry?
Kipp Adams (1:36 PM)
Georgia has always had Hunter Henry at or near the top of their board. He hopes to visit UGA sometime this month.They are also recruiting Jordan Davis, who is expected to visit South Carolina, Florida and UGA soon.
Andrew (Birmingham, AL)
do you think that the matthews, foster, kamara pact to go to the same team has dissolved with the commitment (and tattoo) of reuben to auburn? i never really could see kamara and matthews and au
Kipp Adams (1:40 PM)
No. I think the pact had an Auburn tie to it from the time all of the prospects met at the Rivals Five Star Challenge. That is when Shaq Wiggins started mentioning a lot of Auburn targets and commitments in his plan.Then shortly after The Opening, Matthews said he and Foster had agreed on a school. I think Auburn has been the program for Foster for some time now, but not sure how serious Matthews is about joining him. His decision might not be quite as cut and dry as Foster's. With Kamara, the group pact was more about joining Matthews and Wiggins than anything. Clemson is still there for him as well. Not sure where he is on Alabama's board with Derrick Henry leaning their way.
Gino (Johns Creek, GA)
Who do you predict is the next OL to commit to UGA?
Kipp Adams (1:41 PM)
If I knew Devondre Seymour's timeline for a decision I would guess him, but since he has gone off the map after the spring, I would say juco Trenton Brown could be the next addition for the Bulldogs along the offensive line.
Where do you think Paris Bostick commits to tomorrow?
Kipp Adams (1:42 PM)
Coming off the visit to UGA for Dawg Night, you have to think the Bulldogs are in great shape for his commitment tomorrow. But I am going to let him have his moment and make his announcement at 2 p.m. ET.
Ignoring a spot saved for Laremy Tunsil, how many more offensive lineman does UGA take in this class?
Kipp Adams (1:45 PM)
I think Georgia takes 2 more offensive linemen and saves a spot for Tunsil. But any more attrition, or if they fall out of the mix for Laremy for some reason, and more offers are likely to go out.
To move the questions away from Wiggins and Matthews in order for fans not to fixate on them...what do you think of A.J. Turman and Derrick Green? Word is Rankin is working on Turman, and that Green had a spike of interest after Crowell left
Kipp Adams (1:50 PM)
I think Georgia wants to bring in at least one running back in this class, and they have shown during the 2013 recruiting cycle that they are not going to wait around for targets to decide.If Derrick Green wants to secure a spot at Georgia, then he could likely replace either Derrick Henry or Alvin Kamara if they were still undecided. Turman is a solid back to continue recruiting because he is in no rush to decide. If UGA is still looking for a RB this fall, or if they decide to try and sign two for 2013, Turman would be an excellent pickup. He reminds me a bit of Ken Malcome when he was in high school.
James wonder (Orlando)
Is UGA still recruiting Vonn Bell???
Kipp Adams (1:56 PM)
They do not seem to be on him at the moment, but Bell does not put a lot of info out there either. My take is that UGA saw him in the spring, and decided they wanted to go in another direction. Likely an Ohio State/Tennessee battle.
Benny (Franklin Springs, Ga)
Are any of the performance numbers (40 times, etc) ever made public? Or are some just "leaked".
Kipp Adams (1:57 PM)
I assume you are asking about Dawg Night and the Mark Richt Camp. The times and measurements are not made public by UGA, but with HS coaches and other prospects present, there are plenty of ways to find out.
WAYNE (Waycross, GA)
In your opinion, who do you think will be the next committment for UGA?
Kipp Adams (1:59 PM)
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Does getting a commitment from Quincy Mauger help with our recruitment of Langley?
Kipp Adams (2:00 PM)
It helps, but Georgia still has some work to do. South Carolina looks to be the main competition for his commitment right now.
What remaining UGA targets or leans are enrolling early?
Kipp Adams (2:02 PM)
Brendan Langley, Shaq Fluker, Chris Sanders, Trenton Brown, Toby Johnson and Derrick Henry are some of the targets that have mentioned enrolling in January at the program of their choice.
How serious is Demarcus Robinson about UGA?
Kipp Adams (2:02 PM)
Demarcus told me Friday night he really enjoyed Dawg Night and that UGA was now in his top three. Clemson and Florida are the other programs in the mix.
Kipp Adams (2:06 PM)
That does it for today everyone. Thanks again for taking the time out of your day to join me for the chat, and look forward to seeing you all again in two weeks.Have a great National Corn Fritters Day everybody!