JACKSONVILLE, Fla.‚ÄîGeorgia‚Äôs season ends here on Wednesday with its Gator Bowl clash with Nebraska, but some future Bulldogs will be on display later this week in high school all-star games.
I got a chance today to catch up with some Georgia verbal commitments and one big target.
Here‚Äôs a quick update from those playing in the Under Armour All-American game in Florida and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas:
–Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter, who some feel Georgia is well-positioned to land, is the state‚Äôs top-rated prospect by Scout.com. He‚Äôs playing in the Under Armour game.
Asked if he had a good idea where he‚Äôll sign, Carter said: ‚ÄúI wish I did know where I was going. I have narrowed it down to four. It‚Äôs LSU, Florida State, Georgia and Florida. Those four. LSU has ground to make up and I feel like they have a legitimate chance. Florida State‚Äôs having an awesome season and Georgia‚Äôs in my backyard. Florida, coach (Will) Muschamp and his coaching staff, is great.‚Äù
The 6-foot-5, 234-pound Carter has official visits still to make. He‚Äôs planning a signing day announcement. He‚Äôs friendly with Georgia linebackers Reggie Carter (South Gwinnett) and Shaun McGee (Brookwood).
For now, he‚Äôs enjoying practices in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The game is Thursday in St. Petersburg on ESPN at 4 p.m.
‚ÄúI can‚Äôt complain,‚Äù Carter said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre out here in Florida, just hanging out.‚Äù
–Also playing in the Under Armour game are defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C.) and tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C.), both Georgia commitments.
The 6-foot-4, 326-pound Gaillard expects to play nose guard. He‚Äôs a fan of John Jenkins, the former Bulldogs space eater now with the New Orleans Saints.
Blazevich said the Under Armour practices ‚Äúis definitely a grind, not really what I‚Äôm used to, but I‚Äôm enjoying it.‚Äù
On his game, the 6-5, 230-pound Blazevich said: ‚ÄúAs I‚Äôm learning this week, I‚Äôm not stellar in any one thing, really, but I‚Äôll work hard and I‚Äôll outwork somebody. That‚Äôs one thing I have going for me.‚Äù
–Georgia has six commitments playing in San Antonio at the U.S. Army game (Saturday, 1 p.m., NBC): tailbacks Nick Chubb (Cedartown) and Sony Michel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), offensive linemen Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Dyshon Sims (Lowndes), cornerback Malkom Parrish (Brooks County) and quarterback Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C.).
Michel is getting to know his future teammates.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm actually rooming with one of them, Isaiah Wynn,‚Äù Michel said. ‚ÄúAnd I‚Äôm in the backfield with Chubb and out here with a couple of other guys.‚Äù
Michel and Wynn, both from Florida, knew each other before this week.
Chubb and Michel will join a stocked backfield at Georgia.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre just starting a new journey,” Michel said. “It starts here at this all-star game and it‚Äôs going to carry on to Georgia.”
Much more on recruiting in the weeks ahead leading up to signing day.
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