With college football's national signing day less than three months away, college staffs are starting the stretch run to finish the 2013 cycle. In our newest “finish line” feature, 247Sports and Dawgs247 take look at the top remaining prospects for Georgia, which will likely sign a class of around 33 or 34, counting several back.
Alvin Kamara is a safe bet to end up at Georgia.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Norcross (Ga.)
Long thought to be a near Georgia lock, the recruitment of all-purpose back Kamara has heated up of late with a recent charge by undefeated Oregon. While But while the Ducks are making a push, it’s still supposed to come down to the Bulldogs or Alabama if something happens with one of the Tide’s running back commits.
Dawgs247.com’s Rust Mansell on Kamara’s recruitment: “Georgia has had the lead for quite some time on Alvin Kamara and it looked over going into August. Kamara has said he wanted to make a decision by September, but the way this is going it could go into January. Kamara and his Norcoss team begin the playoffs this week and should make a deep run. With holidays, dead period and national all-star game, it could be January before he takes all of his officials. It looks to be an Alabama-Georgia battle but keep an eye on Oregon, who will get an official visit. I am told Oregon has turned up the heat on Kamara in the last month.”
Toby Johnson, DT, Hutchinson (Ks.) Hutchinson Community College
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound five-star is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the 2013 cycle, period. With an official visit to Oklahoma in the rear view mirror, and an upcoming visit to Ole Miss scheduled for Nov. 24, the five-star tackle’s recruitment has heated up with Georgia and Oklahoma looking like the teams to beat.
Mansell on Johnson’s recruitment: “It was bad news for Toby Johnson to find out he had a torn ACL last week, but the week ended better when all the schools in the battle for the five-star let him know he still had offers from them. Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner let Johnson know on Thursday he is still a wanted man in Athens. Johnson played high school in Georgia and has a lot of connections there. It is big he has a redshirt year to use and would still have two to play after that. Look for him to take an official in December to Georgia before making his final decision.”
Montravius Adams, DT, Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County
The recruitment of Adams is one that has the feel of a signing day decision. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound ultra quick and explosive tackle has long been though to be favoring Auburn and Clemson, but things look to be changing due to a recent visit to Athens.
Mansell on Adams’ recruitment: “Things have not always looked good with Georgia and Montravius Adams over the last six months after taking multiple visits to Auburn, Clemson and other places. Adams had been to Georgia, but his mother had never made the trip. All that changed at the Ole Miss game, when Adams and his mom made the trip. It could be the trip in the end that put Georgia back into it and many close to his recruitment think Georgia could be the team to beat right now. This one is a long way from over, but momma likes the idea of her son playing close to home. He is from a very pro-UGA town and that never hurts.”
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Like Adams, this is a recruitment that has a number of fans on the edge of their seats. The five-star left tackle prospect was considered to be a Georgia lean for a while, but Alabama has definitely made their move with the official visit process getting closer by the week.
Mansell on Tunsil’s recruitment: “One prospect that Georgia has done a very good job of recruiting over the last year was Tunsil. Georgia was in some big battles down the stretch in the 2012 class especially late in the process. No matter what was going on, Georgia was at Columbia High School every chance they had last January and have been to a game already this year. Tunsil had a great three-day visit this summer with his mom in Athens. Alabama is a team that has really made a move to get in this over the last few months. Derrick Henry has been very big in that and they two tripped together last week to Alabama for the Texas A&M game. This one is going to come down to official visits.”
Reuben Foster, ILB, Auburn (Al.)
The one time Alabama commitment, and current Auburn commitment, is sure to have more twists and turns with the uncertainty surrounding the Auburn coaching staff. Foster is now expected to make a handful of official visits with Georgia expected to get their shot and with momentum in the fight for the talented inside linebacker.
Mansell on Foster’s recruitment: “Even with a full-sized Auburn tattoo on his foreman, Georgia has not given up on Reuben Foster. With a likelihood of a coaching change at Auburn down the line, Georgia has turned up the heat on a prospect they have recruited for three years now. Georgia sent two assistants to Auburn High School on Friday night and Foster told Dawgs247, Georgia is recruiting him hard. He will take an official visit to Athens and you can bet that Tray Matthews will be all over him about joining him in Athens on that trip.”
Tyrone Crowder, OG, Rockingham (NC) Richmond
Crowder’s recruitment has been quiet compared to many other top prospects around the country. With that being said, the powerful offensive guard with elite flexibility will choose between Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina with Clemson holding the edge due to family connections to the program.
Mansell on Crowder’s recruitment: “One prospect that does not get mentioned a ton with Georgia is Tyrone Crowder of North Carolina. There are others in the mix, but Crowder has maintained constant contact with Georgia staff and they would really like to bring him in as a big body offensive guard in this class. Crowder will visit Georgia and those around him have said he really likes Mark Richt and Athens in general.”
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