October 26, 2011

The Big Board - WR-TE



The Big Board - WR's and TE's

Georgia is expecting to graduate at least three receivers and two tight ends in the next two years. The 2012 class is not loaded at those positions, but it is far from barren. It appears that the Georgia staff wants to bring in at least two receivers and two tight ends in this class, and there are a few big time targets left on their board.

Main Targets

WR [db]Cordarrelle Patterson - (6-4, 205-pounds, Hutchinson, Kan., Hutchinson C.C.) - Patterson has an excellent combination of size, athleticism, and speed. The South Carolina native is used in a variety of ways at Hutchinson, and he is a huge weapon. He has the burst to exploit small seams in the screen and kick return game, but he also has the ability to beat defenses with crisp routes. He isn't a polished route runner yet, but he isn't far from it.

Recruiting: Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, and Ole Miss are heavily pursuing Patterson along with other schools. It has been thought for quite some time that Georgia and Tennessee are the top two. Tennessee will host him for an official visit in late November and Georgia will have him on campus on December 9 for their biggest recruiting weekend of the year. Patterson is an early enrollee and will decide shortly after his visit to UGA.

WR Joel Caleb - (6-2, 205-pounds, Midlothian, Va., Clover Hill High School) - Caleb is an excellent athlete that is similar to former Georgia standout Hines Ward. Caleb has a thick build and very good initial acceleration. It takes him almost no time to get to his top speed, and he is a physical runner. Some schools like him at safety, but his skills are best suited for offense at the college level. He is the type of receiver that will block well and make plays to move the chains. He also has very good game speed and plays with a ton of energy.

Recruiting: Caleb says that North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Penn State are recruiting him the hardest, but expect Georgia to make strides once the season is over and they have a chance to visit him more often. The Georgia staff likes Caleb a lot and if they are able to get him on campus and show him where he would fit in the offense, they could give him plenty to think about.

TE Blake Jackson - (6-5, 235-pounds, Scottsdale, Ariz, Scottsdale C.C.) - Jackson is an underrated talent at the tight end position. He has shown an ability to dominate in the passing game, and he is a willing and able blocker in the run game. He isn't 100% balanced just yet as his receiving skills are more advanced than his blocking, but he has the size and strength to get it done in the trenches. He has a natural ability to play between the hash marks, as he knows how to set up defenders when running routes.

Recruiting: Jackson is originally from Atlanta so location is definitely on Georgia's side. The JUCO prospect has already visited Miami, and he has official visits set up for Georgia, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State. The one thing that Georgia may struggle to sell Jackson on is their depth chart. If Orson Charles decides to stay in Athens for his senior season, Georgia will have three tight ends on the roster and another one on the way in Ty Smith. If Georgia can sell Jackson on his role in the offense, location and UGA's reputation with tight ends could take care of the rest.

Long Shot

WR [db]Nelson Agholor - (6-2, 180-pounds, Tampa, Fla. , Berkley Prep) - Agholor has played things close to the vest throughout his recruitment so no one really knows who leads. He has only taken on official visit and that was to Notre Dame. While he enjoyed the visit, it is thought that Florida is the leader for his services, but other teams could emerge if they can get him on campus. Agholor has not eliminated UGA and they continue to recruit him, but it looks as if the Bulldogs are on the outside looking in for the time being.

Sleeper

WR Quinshad Davis - (6-3, 180-pounds, Gaffney, S.C., Gaffney High School) - Davis is a rangy athlete that continues to make plays for Gaffney. He is more of a possession receiver right now, but he has the ability to make plays down the field with his height. Davis does not have an offer from Georgia at this time, but has stated multiple times that he would like one. If Georgia misses on Patterson and Caleb, the four star South Carolina native could get an offer and he has indicated that he would jump at the chance to play for the Bulldogs.

Overall

The wide receiver and tight end positions are crucial to the Georgia offense and there are many guys left on the board for the UGA staff. It appears that they have put themselves in prime position with some of those targets and Georgia could get some much needed help in time for spring practice in the form of Patterson and Jackson. If the numbers work out, expect them to make a strong push to sign another receiver in the class and that could be either Caleb or Davis.

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