Outside of those Saturdays during the fall, Georgia has officially reached one of the biggest weekends of the year.
It’s the final weekend of official visits and the last chance for the Bulldogs’ coaching staff to squeeze in their final sales pitch before the dead period resumes Sunday at midnight.
Georgia’s recruiting team was able to maintain this week despite the traffic nightmare and dicey road conditions from throughout much of the state.
Tuesday was an important visit with outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who is a South Carolina commit. The original plan was to speak with the four-star recruit at Cedar Grove High School, make the 60-mile trek to Cedartown to see running back Nick Chubb — who is already committed to Georgia — then make it back to Allen-Williams’ home at night for the in-home visit.
Georgia coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had to improvise because the weather, so they followed Allen-Williams home from school. Later on, rumors began floating around that both coaches were stuck at the house, and while Richt did joke about staying the night, Allen-Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they left at 5 p.m.
“We did joke about it,” he said. “When it started snowing, it picked up in a hurry. It was fast. My mom looked outside and was like, ‘Wow. Coach Richt, I don’t want you to get trapped here.’ He was like, ‘As long as I have some water and food here, I’m good.’”
Richt and offensive line coach Will Friend had one more chance to sit down with Bleckley County athlete Tavon Ross on Wednesday before his official visit to Missouri. Sources told Rivals that Georgia has a lot of momentum right now with the Tigers’ three-star commit, and none of his family will be making the trip to Columbia, Mo., with him.
As of Thursday night, there has been no confirmation on whether Ole Miss commit Kendarius Webster and Eagles Landing Christian Academy’s Andrew Williams will take their final official visits to Athens.
Pruitt has not given up on Webster, but if he doesn’t make the visit, it’s hard to imagine he will be wearing the red and black next year. The same can be said for Williams, who is fresh off visits to Auburn and Clemson.
Along with Norcross’s Lorenzo Carter and MLK’s Wesley Green, Shaquille Jones from Merritt Island High School in Palm Bay, Fla., is one of the confirmed recruits making the trip to the Classic City this weekend. The defensive back received a late offer from Georgia last week. Jones was originally committed to South Alabama — new assistant Kevin Sherrer’s former team – before flipping to Louisville.