ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s Dawg Night camp never fails to provide a plethora of storylines and this year’s installment is no different. With 17 committed prospects and at least 17 uncommitted recruits with Georgia offers in attendance, the potential for recruiting drama is high. Add to that at least 70 other prospects that will be trying to impress the Georgia coaching staff, and vice versa, and it can be tough to follow. So DawgNation is looking at five of the main story lines for tonight's big event.
1. Who will commit? That is always the biggest question, since much of the camp is celebration of all things Georgia. Dawg Night is not like a Nike camp or combine. It is geared toward the coaches evaluating talent for the Bulldogs and recruits evaluating the instruction the Georgia coaches provide. So getting the prospects into Sanford Stadium, blaring some music and hype videos, plus the pressure of previously committed prospects pushing Georgia on their fellow campers often results in a commitment.
This year a few players are coming in with the Bulldogs at the top of their list. Safety Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell) and inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough (Indianapolis/Warren Central) are both bringing their parents and could commit today. Defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) just named Georgia his leader also.
2. If Mauger commits, what about Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell)? Langley is teammates with Mauger and at one point he had the Bulldogs as his leader. After some miscommunication, Georgia dropped to fourth on his list. But when Mauger earned an offer at the Mark Richt Camp in June, Langley told DawgNation that the two would be playing together in college. Langley is set to attend Dawg Night and then visit South Carolina later this weekend.
3. What will Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) do? With the decommitment of Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) and the dismissal of Isaiah Crowell, all eyes are turning to the speedy ESPN 150 running back. Kamara is close friends with many Georgia commits, including Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan). He is well aware of the Bulldogs’ depth chart. He speaks with running backs coach Bryan McClendon frequently and has visited Athens often. Kamara’s attendance at Dawg Night can only help the Bulldogs when the coaches and other commits surround him.
4. Would the coaches take a commitment from Josh McNeil (Durham, N.C./Hillside)? Normally this would not even be a question, as McNeil is one of the top tight ends in the nation. The ESPN 150 prospect turned heads at The Opening last week. He was planning to make a announcement between Georgia and Alabama while in Oregon but has since moved the decision back. But sources have told DawgNation that McNeil has some academic questions, and with the news that Georgia has already lost two players from the 2012 class to academics the coaching staff might be hesitant. If they take a commitment from McNeil, it could hurt them with other tight end prospects, including Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski). With the possibility that McNeil might not qualify, the Bulldogs could miss out on both.
5. What will the "Reuben Foster Effect" be? With Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) now committed to Auburn, and trying to lure his friends Matthews and Wiggins to the Plains, the coaching staff will need to work to solidify the commitment of the two of the Bulldogs’ prized recruits. Wiggins and Matthews both have said they are going to play with Foster and that Kamara will be joining them. What remains to be seen is whether they are going to be suiting up in Athens or at Auburn. Other top recruits such as Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) and Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) will be hard at work to keep the class intact.