Kirby Smart will make his case to one of South Carolina’s top commits.
But across the border in Columbia, fellow former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp isn’t doing so bad either. His 2017 Gamecocks class is ranked No. 15 nationally and includes a top cornerback from UGA’s backyard.
That player is Jamyest Williams, a four-star CB from Loganville who committed to South Carolina back in August. He’s making the short trip to Athens this weekend for a visit, where Smart will make his case to the Gamecocks’ highest-rated recruit.
Excited to be in Athens this weekend ™ pic.twitter.com/mL2VLamgQr— Jamyest williams (@Jamy0602) January 20, 2017
It’s debatable how much of a difference this will make, but it likely makes Georgia’s grip on the nation’s No. 3 class even tighter and, you know, perception is reality.
Fromm now sits at No. 20 on the Rivals 100 list, third among quarterbacks. He’s already on campus and things are looking up both for him and the Georgia football program.
With the graduation of starting point guard J.J. Frazier imminent, Mark Fox took a step toward replacing him this morning with the commitment of Mount Zion Prep (MD) standout Teshaun Hightower. Hightower, a 6’4, 185 pound Illinois native who finished his high school career at Collins Hill, also held offers from Western Kentucky and LaSalle, and was receiving recruiting interest from Georgia Tech.
Hightower said during the recruiting process that he wants to be a point guard, and one assumes that his commitment means Fox intends to give him a shot there. In the long run, if Hightower can play the one effectively it might allow Tyree Crump and/or Jordan Harris to develop at the two. Honestly, I haven’t watched him play, but the high school tape I have been able to locate shows a guy with good length who’s not afraid to shoot the three.
The highlights are perhaps a little lighter on his ability to distribute the ball. But if you’re looking for point guards this late in the process it stands to reason that you’re not getting guys who are fully proven. It also stands to reason that with a year of prep school Hightower may have begun to grow into that role. Only time will tell. But for now I like the idea of an upgrade in size at the one, and wouldn’t mind Georgia finding another reliable combo guard, either. Until later . . .
2017-01-15T11:57:43-05:00Major improvement over first meet of the season Welcome back, Gym Dog fans! After last week’s calamitous start to the season in Baton Rouge, any new fans of the Gym Dogs could have been forgiven for not really wanting to come back for week 2. Fortunately, however, our ladies proved that they have the intestinal fortitude to pick themselves up off the floor and come back with a vengeance the following week. Danna’s Dawgs, ranked just 33rd in the country after week 1, rolled into Auburn, Alabama on Friday night and successfully rebooted their season by rolling to a big victory over the 13th-ranked Gym Tigleswomen. Let’s get right to the rotation recap, since this was a really good one. (As a reminder, the gymnasts are listed in the order they performed, any scores of 9.9 or above are bolded, and the score the Gym Dogs dropped is struck through.) Rotation 1: Uneven Bars - 49.275 Hayley Sanders - 9.80Morgan Reynolds - 9.825Lauren Johnson - 9.875Rachel Dickson - 9.775Rachel Schick - 9.875Sydney Snead - 9.90 What a difference one week makes. After the disastrous start that Hayley Sanders had last week, she came out and absolutely blasted her routine out of the water this week. Her skills (especially the dismount) aren’t the most difficult ones, but she nailed the routine, and for her efforts, she earned a career high score for her. Sanders’ previous career high in competition was 9.70, though she did earn a 9.725 in an exhibition routine last year. Hayley looks like she’s been making big strides towards becoming a solid contributor for the Dawgs, and her handstands, in particular, looked very crisp to me. (Having completely vertical handstands is critical on bars.) After Sanders’ very solid first routine, it looked like the rest of the team fed off of that energy to continue building their momentum in a positive direction. In fact, all 6 Gym Dogs either tied or exceeded their career highs on the bars. Certainly, we want to see continued progress, and by the end of the season, we want to see more than just Sydney Snead reaching into the 9.9+ range. But this was a major step forward particularly for Lauren Johnson and Rachel Schick. Rachel has shown great potential on bars for a couple of seasons now, and Lauren has apparently had that potential, too, but both have been hampered by nagging injuries over the last couple of seasons. There’s progress here, and hope for the rest of the season. Rotation 2: Vault - 49.275 Ashlyn Broussard - 9.825Morgan Reynolds - 9.80Rachel Dickson - 9.85Lauren Johnson - 9.875Gigi Marino - 9.85Sydney Snead - 9.875 Again, this is a huge improvement over last week’s marks. We didn’t get the stuck landings I’d always like to see, but no Gym Dog scored lower than a 9.80, and that ain’t bad. Lauren Johnson continued her positive start on bars with a really strong vault, earning herself another 9.875 score. I hope this is the start of a strong, consistent 2017 season for Lauren, since she showed us as a freshman that she’s capable of showing out big-time on vault. (Lauren won the SEC Vault title as a freshmen when she was a last-second lineup replacement for injured senior Noel Couch.) As with bars, there’s plenty of room for improvement here, especially on landings, but a 49.275 is a solid place to start the season. We just need to keep building each individual score by a half-tenth here and there, and then we’ll have something really special. Rotation 3: Floor Exercise - 49.025 Morgan Reynolds - 9.775Beth Roberts - 9.65Vivi Babalis - 9.80Sabrina Vega - 9.80Sydney Snead - 9.80Gigi Marino - 9.85 The floor rotation in this meet was better than last week... but hell, almost literally anything would have been better than last week. I didn’t see many mistakes that couldn’t be tightened up with some additional practice and coaching, though. I can’t help but wonder if we’ll see someone taking Beth Roberts’ role in the rotation here, since Beth has underwhelmed in both meets to start off the seas[...]