The Georgia Bulldogs coaching staff has had a knack for changing the minds of big-time prospects over the last few years; Jordan Jenkins was thought to be Alabama-bound in 2012 before Todd Grantham made him an offer he simply could not refuse. Former linebacker Jarvis Jones still had his pick of the SEC litter after his release from USC, but was persuaded to come home and play for the Dawgs—a decision that made him an immediate fan favorite. 2013 early-enrollee Tramel Terry thought he would end up at South Carolina (maybe even Clemson) but he could not deny where his heart was and he hopes to play this fall.
And while the Bulldogs have also lost a few good ones along the way, there can be little doubt that they’ve reeled in their fair share of big fish and 2014 is already teeming with a fair number—starting with running back Sony Michel who admits he always figured he’d end up a Miami Hurricane…that is until the Georgia Bulldogs came knocking.
“I always thought I would end up at Miami,” Michel said. “At one point after they offered me I was certain. I visited that campus over 20 times.”
…Entering last fall, Michel still felt he probably would end up staying in state, whether it be for the Hurricanes, Gators or Seminoles. But a trip out of state in September changed everything.
“Soon after I stepped foot on campus in Athens, I felt like with the coaching staff and facilities at Georgia, it was the best place to help me better my game in all aspects,” Michel said. “Plus I wanted to experience something different and get away from home.” (Kipp Adams, ESPN)
The Hurricanes loss is surely the Dawgs gain as Michel has made it clear he’s done with recruiting and is only concerned with getting better and helping sway some more big names to Athens to play with him in 2014 (2014 offensive line prospect Isaiah Wynn is at the very top of that list).
If the Bulldogs can sway a few more names their way, the small, but high-quality, class slated for 2014 could end up being another Top 10 one for Coach Richt and his staff. And, with Dawg Night coming up this weekend, I certainly like their chances.