This Friday’s Dawg Night figures to be one of the biggest recruiting events of the year for the University of Georgia. The Bulldogs staff will direct much of their attention to the 2014 and 2015 talent set to come together between the hedges. The coaches are hoping that two rising juniors, who have grown close in the past few months, decide to play together in Athens. One of them is already planning on it.
Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) has been committed to Georgia for several months, and the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back has become one of the strongest recruiters for the defending SEC East Champions. He is excited about his first Dawg Night.
“I am looking forward to bonding with the other commits and talking to a few targets that UGA has their sights on,” Glass said. “I want to sell the school that I feel is best, so I tell them the positives -- and even the negatives, but mostly positives -- and then they end up falling in love with it after I tell them everything.”
Last year Georgia received five commitments at Dawg Night, including offensive tackle John Theus, quarterback Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County), athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek), running back Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), who has since reopened his recruitment, and 2014 running back Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./Walton Academy). Glass feels there is potential for another big recruiting gain this year.
“Getting a chance to see all of their targets and have them all see each other for the first time, I think Dawg Night will be a big event,” he said. “There is potential for it to be huge because a lot of people want to be Dawgs.”
Glass has his eyes on one target in particular.
“I plan to talk to Raekwon McMillan,” Glass said. “I have tried to keep in touch with him a couple times a week, and we have grown pretty close since we met.”
McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), who was in Athens last month for the Mark Richt Camp, is excited about his return visit to Georgia.
“I am looking forward to hanging out with some of the other UGA commits,” McMillan said.“I know Nick Glass the best and we talk all of the time. I met Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./ Sandy Creek) and Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) at the Nike Camp, and I just want to get to know them more at Dawg Night.”
McMillan has liked what he has heard from the other Georgia commitments so far.
“The commitments tell me how nice the campus is, the tradition at Georgia is great, and that the team should be making a good run for the national championship this year with Jarvis Jones and Aaron Murray,” McMillan said.
Even though McMillan has racked up double digit offers from programs across the country, Glass feels the Bulldogs are a strong contender for the talented inside linebacker target because of the connection among the Georgia commitments.
“I think Georgia has a huge chance with him because he does not know too many Ohio State commits, and he loves how all of us commits are like a family,” Glass said.“I think Georgia might be leading.”
While McMillan was not ready to name a leader outright, he did reveal that Georgia is in solid shape at the moment.
“I have a top three and a top school that I am keeping to myself, but Georgia is in that top three,” McMillan said. “I am just going to enjoy the process and keep my leader to myself until around this time next year.”
“Coach [Kirk] Olivadotti, Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach [Tony] Ball are the coaches I talk to the most and Coach Grantham too,” McMillan said.“I really feel that Coach Olivadotti and Coach Richt are two of the coolest coaches around, and Coach Richt is a strong Christian, so that really notches up my interest in Georgia.”
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker has emerged as an elite prospect, and could be in contention for the top recruit in Georgia for the 2014 recruiting cycle. Glass hopes to have McMillan playing in front of him in college.
“Having a guy like McMillan will take a lot of pressure off the defensive backs with his ability to create havoc in the backfield,” Glass said.
Glass, who likens his college potential to that of former Bulldog standout and Miami Dophins safety Rashad Jones, has delivered that message loud and clear to his fellow rising junior.
“Nick Glass tells me the defensive back class will be great in 2014, but that he needs an inside linebacker to come in and anchor the defense, and that he feels I could be that enforcer for them,” McMillan said.