By Dean Legge
The final recruiting weekend of the year is always huge ‚Äî this one is no different for Georgia.
But the weekend came with a surprise or two. First, MLK defensive back Wesley Green did not visit the Bulldogs. Green‚Äôs visit to Georgia had been scheduled for some time, but his recruiting situation with Georgia changed once Jeremy Pruitt took over on last month.
Green has not been recruited the same way since Pruitt went to meet him the first week the new defensive coordinator was on the road. Pruitt, it seems, decided to go in a different direction. He should be considered off the board for the Bulldogs.
Green is expected to sign with South Carolina ‚Äî where he was previously committed during this recruiting cycle ‚Äî on Wednesday. He will announce and sign on the New College Football show on Fox Sports South during the 5 p.m. show.
Eagles Landing Christian Academy defensive end Andrew Williams was scheduled to visit Athens Saturday, which comes as a bit of a surprise. The meeting at the Williams‚Äô home went well Friday, and he is still considered a long shot to sign with the Bulldogs, but step one was getting him on campus for the final weekend of the recruiting year as anything can happen on an official visit. Williams had not been pursued in a significant way by the previous defensive coaching staff.
Cedartown running back Nick Chubb and Tucker linebacker Detric Dukes, both long-time commits to the Bulldogs, will be in Athens this weekend recruiting for their future team. Both are focused on keeping Norcross outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter at home in Georgia. These two young men love Georgia, and see Carter, a five-star recruit, as one of the keys to their upcoming class.
Carter has been seen as trending toward the Bulldogs for some time ‚Äî this is the weekend for Georgia to end all hope for LSU, Florida State and Florida. It would be a crushing loss for the Bulldogs to fail to sign Carter right at the finish line, and visions of former five-star recruit Laremy Tunsil would haunt Georgia for a second recruiting season in row.
Carter is scheduled to sign at his high school at 3:45 p.m., which will be televised by ESPNU.
Louisville commit Shaq Jones arrived in Athens Friday evening, and his decision is one to watch. The Merritt Island (Fla.) defensive back had been committed to new Georgia linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer when he was as South Alabama, but flipped to former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Louisville last weekend. Pruitt has been pursuing larger defensive backs (Jones) and seems less interested in smaller backs (Green).
The Bulldogs are going all out for Cedar Grove outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who has been a long-time South Carolina commit. Allen-Williams seems to be a pet project of Pruitt‚Äôs ‚Äî getting a massive amount of attention heading into the official visit weekend. Allen-Williams‚Äô mother has been adamant that her son will sign with the Gamecocks, but Georgia will put on a full court press to get his signature.