ATHENS -- It appears Georgia is trying to create a pipeline with a high school 600 miles north.
DeMatha, a Catholic school in Hyattsville, Md., has long put quality football and basketball players into college. Arie and Cyrus Kouandjio were recent standouts that went to Alabama before the NFL draft. Former NFLers Brian and Byron Westbrook also played high school football with the Stags. You can find plenty of college standouts across the country that competed for DeMatha in high school.
The Bulldogs have their eye on at least two DeMatha standouts in future classes, with the hope of flipping another.
Georgia has long been on class of 2017 running back Anthony McFarland, who previously listed Georgia as his top school. Last month, the Bulldogs offered rising sophomore Austin Fontaine, a defensive tackle who is already 6-2 and 277 pounds. A third Stag to watch has emerged, though he's already given a oral commitment elsewhere.
Senior athlete Darryl Turner visited Georgia this past weekend and made an appearance at Dawg Night, which was a bit of a surprise. As it stands, Turner previously gave his verbal to Maryland and hasn't wavered on the commitment. Of course, as it is with a lot of seniors who commit early but still take visits, a lot can happen with how Maryland's 2015 season plays out. Perhaps Georgia, and other schools, get back into the mix with Turner if the Terrapins struggle through what a lot of analysts are predicting to be a rebuilding season.
Turner will be an interesting recruit to watch this year. In addition, the Georgia staff could think bringing someone like Turner on could even further help their chances with McFarland and Fontaine.
Hitting the links, Dawg Night edition
With recruiting on everyone's mind following Dawg Night, here's the latest, courtesy of the recruiting experts:
Rashan Gary, the nation's No. 1 recruit, rated his visit to Georgia this past weekend a perfect 10, writes the AJC's Chris Kirschner. That's a great sign for the Bulldogs, which would love to further bolster their defensive line.
Jacob Eason's father, Tony Eason, told the AJC's Jeff Sentell that timing issues at Dawg Night led to some overthrown and off-target passes. However, as Sentell writes, the arm strength was on display and everyone in attendance had their phones, tablets and cameras to document his workout. Eason has the makings of a star already.
Sentell also writes that Jacob Mathis, a four-star tight end out of Florida, is someone the Bulldogs are heavily targeting.
Kirschner writes that UGA told Elijah Holyfield he's the No. 1 back in this year's class.
Deejay Dallas, who committed to Georgia at Dawg Night, was given the "thank you for picking us" hug from Mark Richt, writes the Athens Banner-Herald's Fletcher Page.
UGASports.com's Jake Reuse writes about how five-star Derrick Brown's outing went at Dawg Night, and the importance of bringing a few guests with him.
Missouri center Evan Boehm on playing at Sanford Stadium: “I think the loudest environment that we’ve played in is probably Georgia’s in 2013. I give all the credit to their fans. They showed up early. It was loud during warmups. It got even louder during the game. It was crazy. Being the center and screaming at your left guard and your right guard, and you can’t hear each other when you’re trying to make calls, and you have to create hand signals on the sideline to be able to communicate with each other, it’s crazy.”
Senior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins believes the defense is in great shape with Jeremy Pruitt entering his second year with the program.
“Things have definitely changed for the defense and for the team," Jenkins said. "Coach Pruitt raises the standard for what we deem as acceptable as a defense. He doesn’t allow us to get complacent. He doesn’t allow us to think that we have arrived. There is no time in the season in which you think that you have arrived. Coach Pruitt forces us to be the competitors we need to be and better men as well off the field.”
Song of the day
"Candy Man" by Mississippi John Hurt